Tipperary town hosts the fun-filled and exciting all Ireland Churn Rolling Championships
The Churn Rolling event which runs during the Tipperary Town Festival in July every year, was launched at the Tipperary Festival in 1964.
The festival sponsored by the Tipperary Co-op, is ideal for all the family to enjoy a taste of traditional Ireland. The appeal for the Churn Rolling sport has extended across all age groups, attracting people from across the country to see the spectacle and hear the sound of churns echoing for themselves. Fascination with the sport has spread with thousands of spectators lining the town’s Main Street to watch the race.
Adult and junior heats are run, requiring a combination of speed and skill to control the revolving churns.The competitors race 100m at speeds off up to 40km per hour.
Thomas Nash from Shronell became the Senior Men’s All-Ireland Churn Rolling Champion and Violet Ryan from Cordangan, became the Ladies’ All-Ireland Churn Rolling Champion in 2018.
The people of Tipperary town are eagerly anticipating the trundling sound of churns returning to Main Street this summer and expect more visitors than ever.