Tallow (from the Irish Tulach an Iarainn, meaning Hill of Iron) is a rural town which originated as a planned market town and has a strong industrial heritage.
It is characterised by stone buildings and boundary walls with a wide main street. The town built by Sir Richard Boyle in the early seventeenth as an English plantation was as it is today cruciform in plan with a market was located at the crossroads. Tallow's annual horse fair, reputed to be the oldest in Ireland, takes place in September.
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