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Thurles is the principal town of east County Tipperary with a population of over 8,500 people. Derived from the Irish "Durlas Eile", meaning The Strong Fort of Ely, Thurles is home to a rich heritage dating back some several hundred years.

The town itself was formally established by the Norman Butlers in the 13th century, with the family fortress remains still standing. Other historic landmarks in the area include the monastic settlement at Holycross, the only restored Cistercian Abbey in Ireland and St Mary's Famine Museum, originally built by the Normans in the 12th century, now displays a memorial to the Great Famine.

Thurles is surrounded by some of Ireland's most fertile pastoral land; set against a backdrop of the heather-clad Silvermine Mountains to the north-west and the Slieveardagh Hills to the south-east. The River Suir passes through the township, thus giving Thurles a perfect angling location for the fishing enthusiast.

Visitors to Thurles can enjoy a range of outdoor sporting activities including excellent golf, clay pigeon shooting, equestrian centres, tennis, horse and greyhound racing. Thurles has no shortage of fine dining, pubs with live music and accommodation to suit every pocket.

Historically, Thurles is well known as the birthplace of Cumann Luthchleas Gael (Gaelic Athletic Association), founded on November 1st in 1884. Lar na Pairce is an exciting visitor centre designed to tell the story of the Gaelic Games in Ireland. Housed in a 19th century building, the exhibits present the games of Hurling, Gaelic Football, Camogie and Handball. Semple Stadium in Thurles is a major sports venue for all Gaelic Games. Accommodating up to 60,000 spectators, this stadium takes its name form the legendary Tipperary hurler, Tom Semple.

Today, Thurles is a thriving country town with an excellent local infrastructure of schools and the new Tipperary Rural and Business Development Institute. Located on the main Dublin/Cork route, Thurles is easily accessible by train and road. Food production is well established with the presence of Erin Foods, Thurles Creamery and Dew Valley Meats. Other principal employers in the region are Jobst Ireland Ltd and GMX.

Other local indigenous ventures include speciality cheese makers and the boutique Dwan Tipperary Brewing Company, operating from a restored granary building. The Brewery boasts of fine, original beers, free of additives and preservatives. The Thurles Chamber of Commerce actively promotes the development of new business in the town.

Thurles is twinned with the Midlands town of Bollington in the UK.

Useful contact details for Thurles

Thurles Chamber of Commerce

Tel: (353) 0504 23407
Thurles Urban District Council Tel: (353) 0504 21433
Tourist Information Tel: (353) 0504 22702
Golf Club Tel: (353) 0504 21983
Train Station Tel: (353) 0504 21733
Bus Eireann Tel: (353) 061 315222
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