Did you know the Stations of the Cross on show in Holycross Abbey are an exact replica of the famous versions in the Vatican? Tipperary has long held strong monastic and religious links with Christianity and this shows the connection is as solid as ever.
Even though we are an inland county in Ireland, Tipperary has a long tradition in water sports and the provision of water sports facilities. Situated beside Lough Derg, one of Ireland’s largest lakes and in close proximity to the River Shannon, there is a wide range of water sports and angling options for the visitor to Tipperary.
Lough Derg is an adventure playground. Sailing takes place throughout the year on the lake as well as other water sports such as cruising, canoeing, kayaking and water skiing. The opportunity to learn or partake in these activities is available in some of the picturesque villages around Lough Derg such as Dromineer, Garrykennedy, Terryglass and Ballina/Killaloe. Whether you’re an old hand or a novice, there’s something for everyone. For something a bit different you can try an open water swim at the I3 Immersed in Ireland’ Open Water Swim Event held every September in the twin towns of Ballina/Killaloe.
Many of the marinas in the villages along Lough Derg have been redeveloped in recent years to accommodate locals as well as sailors and cruisers. There are excellent facilities available for families with showers, services, picnic areas and playgrounds.
On a cabin cruiser you can combine cycling and sailing by taking some bikes along with you on your cruise, heading off for country cycles in the villages and beauty spots in Tipperary.
Fishing is popular around the Lough Derg and across Tipperary in the main rivers such as the River Shannon, River Suir and the Nenagh River. The River Suir which rises in the Devil’s Bit Mountain is well stocked with trout and salmon. Lough Derg has superb coarse angling for bream, tench, roach, perch and pike. For more information on Angling and Fishing in Tipperary you can visit http://www.fishinginireland.info