‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ - Celebrating a Bygone Era

Last year’s Tipperary Co-Op ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ Festival celebrated the centenary of the iconic song.

Last year’s Tipperary Co-Op ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ Festival celebrated the centenary of the iconic song.

The festival attracted thousands of visitors to the area where the streets of Tipperary town were transformed into a bygone era of the early 1900’s with a festival packed full of nostalgia, music, art and heritage. Dates for this year’s festival have just been announced and it will run from Thursday 4th to Sunday 14th July with 10 days packed full of new and existing activities. The Tipperary Co-Op sponsored Festival will focus on fun activities for families and for people with an interest in what Ireland, and in particular Tipperary Town, was like at the beginning of the last century and how the country has progressed through the years. Most of the activities will be free of charge and designed to celebrate the farming and general historical heritage of the region.

Festival chairperson Elaine Fitzpatrick, tells us: “This year’s festival has grown off last year’s success and has become a strong reason for everyone to experience the great farming tradition in Tipperary and a celebration of the strong community spirit that is alive and well.” The Festival will kick off with an official opening ceremony on Thursday July 4th which showcases churn-racing, followed by a dynamic programme of events including a trad music session and a “dancing at the cross roads” set dancing exhibition.

The churn racing last year was a very popular attraction and this year a call out will be issued inviting Co-Ops and clubs from all over Ireland to participate in a National Churn Racing event the final of which will take place on Saturday 13th July. Highlights of the following week include a food fair showcasing local Tipperary produce and local crafts from over 50 local food producers; including Tipperary Co-op who promote and sell their products internationally to small artisan food producers. There will also be a flagship Gathering for South Tipperary with a vintage day around Tipperary town to “Meet your Great-Grandparents”. Throughout the 10-day Festival there will be lots of free family friendly street entertainment including an exhibition and talk on the butter industry in Tipperary and the history of Tipperary Co-op along with photo and memorabilia display, recipe Competition - using Tipperary butter and cheese as key ingredients, with street theatre and entertainment promised, and much more!

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