My logic was puzzled as to why Cork was not similarly split as we had been told it was the largest county – but the City Corporation and County County Council were used as an explanation.
“Council” and “Corporation”, I could somewhat understand – but “Riding” was something else. It was only English but my recollection was of it being more exotic than that.
I knew that there were only two ‘Lord Mayors” – all except Dublin and Cork were just ordinary ‘Mayors’. But it was two – not one.
And Tipperary were lucky enough to be the only county to have ‘Riding’.
Last Saturday, I spotted this car as it was pulling away. I had known of the merger of Tipperary North Riding and South Riding but this was the first time that I had seen (or maybe taken notice) the implication.
I wondered if my eight year old will ever ponder the borough division of a ‘Riding’.