Co-op Tipperary Festival back by popular demand

Enoying the 2012 Tipperary Festival: Margaret Coskeran (Kilross) and Nellie Maroney (Lisvernane)
Last year’s Tipperary Co-Op Tipperary Festival saw the whole county join in the festivities, to celebrate the centenary of the iconic song “It’s a long way to Tipperary”. The Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the area, where the streets of Tipperary town were transformed into the early 1900s, with a festival packed full of nostalgia, music, art and heritage.  Tipperary Festival organisers, today announced that Tipperary Co-op have come back on board as sponsors of this Festival which this year will take place from 4th to 14th July.

Last year’s Tipperary Co-Op Tipperary Festival saw the whole county join in the festivities, to celebrate the centenary of the iconic song “It’s a long way to Tipperary”. The Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the area, where the streets of Tipperary town were transformed into the early 1900s, with a festival packed full of nostalgia, music, art and heritage.  Tipperary Festival organisers, today announced that Tipperary Co-op have come back on board as sponsors of this Festival which this year will take place from 4th to 14th July.

The Tipperary Co-op Tipperary Festival will be focusing on fun activities for families and for people with an interest in what Ireland and in particular Tipperary was like at the beginning of the last century and how the country has progressed through the years. This year’s event is looking to expand on the success of last year and highlights of the festival will include the now competitive Churn Races, a traditional Vintage Day, food and craft fair and a closing ceremony which will feature a gala concert, grand finale of the Pride of Tipperary and a spectacular fireworks display. 

Tipperary Co-op are delighted to be sponsoring the Festival again this year.

“It is very important for us that Tipperary Co-op play a major part in the Festival,” said Ted O Connor, general manager of Tipperary Co-op. “Last year’s event really brought to life the community spirit of Tipperary Town and we at Tipperary Co-op Home & DIY, our sister store Tipperary Co-op Supervalu and of course our head office are so proud to be involved in such an 
occasion that means so much to the whole community.”

Ted is particularly happy to see a focus on the local food producers. “I hope that this festival will once again throw the spotlight on all our local businesses and celebrate the wealth of indigenous Tipperary industries, big and small, creating employment and wonderful products.”

Chairperson of Tipperary Festival, Elaine Fitzpatrick is delighted to be in partnership with the Tipperary Co-op yet again after the huge success of last year’s event. “Having such a strong and community focussed sponsor in Tipperary Co-op made all the difference to the festival last year and we will make this year’s event even bigger. Visitors are in for ten days of great activities as the town will be transported back to an Ireland of 100 years ago,” she said.

The festival committee has been very busy over the last few months, promoting the festival abroad and has added more exciting events that will be announced over the coming weeks.

“The Festival has become an event that the whole town are very proud of and in full supportive of,” said Elaine. “We have great support of Tipperary Town Council, Tipperary/IRD Chamber of Commerce, Tipperary Credit Union and all local clubs and organisations, but more support is needed in establishing the Festival as one of the best family based festivals in the country.”

For full details on all the events and activities follow, The Tipperary Festival on Facebook, ring 062-31244 or visit www.tipperarytown.ie.