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County Tipperary

Blue Tit Parus caerulaus ©Sue Tranter

County Tipperary (Irish: Contae Thiobraid √Ārann) is a county in Ireland situated in the province of Munster. Tipperary was one of the first Irish counties to be established in the 13th century.

Tipperary is famous for its horse breeding industry and is the home of Coolmore Stud, which is the largest thoroughbred breeding operation in the world. The County forms a large part of the Golden Vale (or Vein) of Munster, boasting a rich and fertile agricultural landscape. The County particularly nurtures the ancient game of hurling and its teams have regularly been champions of Ireland since the 19th century.



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Fieldguides & Other Birding Books
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BirdWatch Ireland - Tipperary Branch


County Tipperary occupies a broad strip of inland Ireland between Lough Derg and the River Shannon to the west, the River Suir to the South and the Little Brosna River on the northeast. The south of the county is largely hilly with rich farmland in the valleys between the hills. The Galtee and Knockmealdown Mountains lie in this area. Greatest elevation is Galtymore at 917 metres. Northern Tipperary is generally more low lying. Although having no coastline the county hosts large flocks of waders, wildfowl and Greenland White-fronted Geese in winter and spring on its northern boundary at the Little Brosna Callows. There are few large centres of population and the main industries are agricultural…

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