All eyes on Tipperary for the International Rose of Tralee Tour

The International Rose of Tralee Tour visited Tipperary this weekend shining a spotlight on the beautiful county as part of their tour of Ireland. A delegation of sixteen roses led by Tipperary Rose Aisling O’Donovan included roses from Philadelphia, Waterford, Monaghan, Cavan, Florida, Kilkenny, Newfoundland, Leitrim, Ohio, Galway, Perth, Roscommon, Sydney, Sligo and Toronto. 

The ‘trip to Tipp’ is sure to build on recent positive promotions garnered by Tipperary Tourism most notably Conde Nast’s Travellers Annual Best Holiday Destinations whichrecently named Tipperary among the world’s best holiday destinations for 2022. Internationally renowned Forbes magazine concurred as it named Tipperary as one of the coolest places to go in the next 10 years. 

The roses Tipperary visit included, an official welcoming ceremony at Hotel Minella hosted by Cathaoirleach of the County & Mayor of Borough, followed by an evening on The Suir Blueway where Roses could choose to kayak, cycle or walk to take in the breath-taking scenery along the route. 

Their first evening in Tipperary closed in fine style with a Tipperary Boutique Distillery Cocktail before enjoying a luxury stay at the four-star family run hotel owned by Tipperary Tourism Chairperson, Elizabeth Nallen.

A sumptuous Tipperary Breakfast complete with the finest Tipperary Food Producers offerings set them up perfectly for an action-packed day two which began at the hometown of Tipperary Rose Aisling O’Donovan in Fethard. A visit to the Fethard Horse County Experience set the tone of the visit before they were treated to a behind the scenes tour of world-famous home of Champions, Coolmore Stud.

Their next stop was the nearby heritage town of Cashel. At the newly opened five-star Cashel Palace, the delegation immersed themselves in Irish culture with camogie on the lawns before a visit to one of Ireland’s most iconic historical sites, The Rock of Cashel.

Finally, they visited one of Ireland’s most iconic historical sites, The Rock of Cashel, the high king of Irish monuments. Here the roses were treated to a guided tour followed by a spectacular demonstration of Irish dancing by local children from Scoil Ui Ruairc and Burgess School of Irish Dancing. 

The visit was kindly supported by Tipperary County Council and Tipperary Tourism. 

Marie Phelan, Tourism Development Officer at Tipperary Tourism, commented “Our visitor experiences here in Tipperary are built on the county’s natural, social and cultural assets including the character and history of our towns, villages and communities, the dramatic beauty and variety of our landscapes, as well as the quality of our environment and food produce. Welcoming the International Rose Tour has been a wonderful opportunity for Tipperary Tourism to shine a light on our beautiful county. Although, it was far too short a visit to show them all that we have to offer, we are sure this itinerary offered the roses an authentic and unique taste of Tipperary and we look forward to welcoming them back again in the not too distant future.”

Speaking of the experience with her fellow roses, Tipperary Rose Aisling O’Donovan said “I am just so proud to be from Tipperary and what an honour it has been to share this wonderful experience with my fellow roses. I would like to thank Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Tourism, The International Rose of Tralee Festival and all the people involved in organising this trip and fantastic itinerary, you nailed it guys it has been a real highlight for the roses!”