County Tipperary is the largest inland county in Ireland. Because of its size, in 1838, the county was divided into two local government administrative areas called the North Riding and South Riding and to-day they are called North Tipperary and South Tipperary and are still managed as separate entitiies.
North Tipperary has a population in excess of 66,000 (ref Census 2006) and has four strong towns which present significant opportunities for the County. Nenagh is the County’s principal town, and Thurles, Roscrea and Templemore are the other main towns in the County.
The centre of County Tipperary is known as 'the Golden Vale', a fertile stretch of land in the basin of the river Suir, which crosses the county from north to south. Tipperary is bounded by the Slieve Felim and Devils Bit mountains with a border on Lough Derg in the north thus offering a superb range of outdoor activities, spectacular drives and walks for visitors and locals alike.
County Tipperary has a strong sporting history and is home to the Gaelic Games of hurling, gaelic football,camogie and handball. It is also a major centre for the Thorough Bred horse industry.