Quoting Micheal <[log in to unmask]>:
> Actually there are 36, Tipperary is divided into 2 counties, North
> Riding and South Riding for administrative puroposes.
The 'Riding' term presumably being taken from the former North, West and East
Ridings of Yorkshire, England. Unfortunately the people who divided Tipperary
seem not to have known that 'riding' is derived from 'thriding', from Old English
'thrithing, from Old Norse thrithi, meaning a third.