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However, it is to the great Norman family, the Butlers, that credit goes to the development of the town itself in the early part of the 13th Century. Set between the valley of the River Suir and bounded by the Silvermines to the north west and the Slieveardagh hills to the south east, the area around Thurles is rich and varied in scenery and outline. Thurles is the birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic Association, founded in 1884 in Hayes' Hotel. Semple Stadium, where the centenary All Ireland hurling final was played, is the second largest Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Ireland, second only to Croke Park. It is the spiritual home of Munster hurling and many famous matches, especially Munster finals, have been played there. It was also the site of the Féile rock festival during the 1990s. In addition, Lár na Páirce, a museum devoted to the Gaelic Athletic Association, is located in the town. The town itself sits in the heart of the beautiful Suir Valley. The mild climate and the waters of the River Suir have combined to produce some of the finest agricultural land in the world. Strong market town traditions are still evident, especially on Liberty Square. The town has also moved on to become a modern location for industrial and educational needs of the 21st Century. For visitors there is much to do, much to see and much to entertain. There are two visitor centres, horse racing track, greyhound racing track, angling, wildlife areas, golfing, equestrian and swimming.

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