Thousands of tourists are expected to flock to Tipperary Town this July for the Tipperary Co-op Tipperary Festival . The event returns for the second year, following its success last year, which saw the whole county join in the festivities to celebrate the centenary of the iconic song â€˜Itâ€™s a long way to Tipperaryâ€™.
The festival attracted thousands of visitors to the area last year, where the streets of Tipperary town were transformed into the early 1900s with a festival packed full of nostalgia, music, art and heritage. And Tipperary Festival organisers have announced that Tipperary Co-op are back on board as sponsors of the event which will take place from July 4-14.
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 yearâ€™s event is looking to expand on the success of last year and highlights of the festival will include 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.
Ted Oâ€™Connor, general manager of Tipperary Co-op said they were delighted to be involved again this year.
â€œIt is very important for us that Tipperary Co-op play a major part in the festival.
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Last yearâ€™s event really brought to life the community spirit of Tipperary Town and we at Tipperary Co-op, 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,â€ â€¨Mr Oâ€™Connor is particularly pleased to see a focus on the local food producers.
â€œI 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.â€
Chairperson of Tipperary Festival, Elaine Fitzpatrick said having such a strong and community focussed sponsor in the Tipperary Co-op made all the difference to the festival last year.
â€œWe will make this yearâ€™s event even bigger,â€ she said.
â€œVisitors are in for 10 days of great activities as the town will be transported back to an Ireland of 100 years ago. The Festival committee have been very busy over the last few months, promoting the festival abroad and we have added more exciting events that will be announced over the coming weeks,â€ she said.
â€œWe 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.â€
For full details on all the events and activities follow â€˜the tipperary festivalâ€™ on facebook, call 062-31244 or visit www.tipperarytown.ie.
Tipperary Co-op Tipperary Festival is back by popular demand
4th â€“ 14th July 2013