Fethard is a very unique and special place and a guided tour brings 800 years of history and folklore to life. As we say about our tours, ’bringing history to life, not boring you to death’. Your guides, Colm McGrath and Terry Cunningham, have a long association with the tourism business and are ardent local historians. Both are former Chairmen of the Fethard Historical Society and Colm farms to the north of Slievenamon while Terry lives on his mini farm looking across to the wooded western slopes of the mountain.
Backs to the Wall Tours, set up in 2011, provides guided tours of the Medieval walled town of Fethard, Co Tipperary and surrounding area. Fethard Town itself was founded by the incoming Anglo Normans in the years around 1200 AD and remains amazingly intact after 800 years.
Your group have a choice of guided tours to choose from. Historic Town Trail (1.5 hours), Historic Countryside Walk (half day and full day walks), school and educational tours to suit primary schools, secondary schools and college groups, guided tours in your coach of the local area (i.e within 5 mile radius). Check the website for more details about the tours.
Much of the original Norman town still remains. The encircling town wall, with one of the original gateways, The North Gate, the south battlements and wall walk, their church (Holy Trinity Church c.1200 AD) and the Augustinian abbey (1305). Both churches are in daily use, which is very special indeed. Holy Trinity Church also has the oldest dated timber roof in Ireland, dated to 1489 by Queens University, Belfast.
Fethard is home to four Sheela na Gig carvings (two can be seen on the tour) and to four of Ireland’s very rare Medieval wooden statues, now in the National Museum in Dublin, but life size replica statues are to be seen on the tour. Fethard is situated in the shadow of storied Slievenamon mountain, amidst famous stud farms, racing stables, walled estates and the rolling farmland of south Tipperary.