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The House of Waterford Crystal is proud to have been named as the ‘Best Ireland's Ancient East Tourism Experience’ at the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) Awards. The Awards, organised by ITIC, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, gathered the ‘crème de la crème’ of the Irish tourism industry, announcing 15 winning companies as best in their category from 75 shortlisted finalists, selected from approximately 250 entries.  TV Presenter, Kathryn Thomas hosted the gala evening and was attended by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, who presented the awards. The Awards give recognition to companies and organisations, both overseas and at home – that have made significant contributions to developing, marketing, selling and delivering improved visitor experiences in Ireland and to increasing the number of visitors from overseas. Winners on the night included Aer Lingus, Cliffs of Moher and St Patricks Festival.

 

The team are delighted and honoured to have received this prestigious award!

 

The House of Waterford Crystal is proud to have been named as the ‘Best Ireland's Ancient East Tourism Experience’ at the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) Awards. The Awards, organised by ITIC, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, gathered the ‘crème de la crème’ of the Irish tourism industry, announcing 15 winning companies as best in their category from 75 shortlisted finalists, selected from approximately 250 entries.

 

TV Presenter, Kathryn Thomas hosted the gala evening and was attended by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, who presented the awards. The Awards give recognition to companies and organisations, both overseas and at home – that have made significant contributions to developing, marketing, selling and delivering improved visitor experiences in Ireland and to increasing the number of visitors from overseas. Winners on the night included Aer Lingus, Cliffs of Moher and St Patricks Festival.

 

The team are delighted and honoured to have received this prestigious award!

Did you know that the only large-scale, 9th century Viking settlement discovered in Western Europe is located just 9km west of Waterford city?

Likely to be the largest Viking settlement outside of Scandinavia during this period, Woodstown was established in the mid-to-late 800s, before the Vikings established Ireland’s oldest City, Waterford in 914.

The remains were discovered during the construction of a city by-pass in 2003. The site at Woodstown was ideally suited to the water-travelling Vikings as the network of rivers now known as the Three Sisters, provided ready access to Ireland’s inland counties. Finds at the site reflect the extent of Viking trading networks and include pieces of Irish-made jewellery, amber from the Baltic, silver coins from the Near East and weapons from Scandinavia.

The most exciting find at Woodstown was the discovery of a warrior grave, probably a Viking chieftain, which contained his sword, shield, spear, axe, knife and a ring-pin which he would have used to fasten his cloak. These fascinating grave-goods and other finds from Woodstown are on permanent display in Reginald’s Tower!

So many thrilling tales – of Vikings, High Kings and Heroes, Castles and Conquests – are written in the local landscape; you will find these fused into the story of Waterford and the evolution of Waterford Crystal.

To this day our craftsmen are fired by the history and legends around us, reinvigorating them in contemporary ways to create unique collections like The Vikings Lands in Waterford.

 

 

Waterford Crystal has launched the next instalment of its ever-popular Short Stories collection.

 

The Irish Dogs Barware Collection is inspired by the loyal companion and Ireland’s passion for dogs; focusing on the nation’s most popular native breeds including the Irish Wolfhound, Kerry Beagle and Irish Terrier. Taking inspiration from David Blake Knox’s book, The Curious History of Irish Dogs, the eclectic range depicts the best of Irish dogs and their heritage.

Each of the new designs draw on the unique features of these popular Irish dogs – from decanters inspired by the height and size of each dog, to the carefully cut crystal base pattern which replicates a dog’s claw. The hand-sculpted crystal dog head stoppers depict the undeniable likeness of the Irish Wolfhound (in a frosted design), Kerry Beagle (in clear) and Irish Terrier (in black); the carefully curated barware collection combines timeless design with a modern feel.

Accompanying the statement decanters, are matching ice buckets, and sets of tumblers and hi-balls, all centred around each of the individual breeds. Waterford’s Irish dogs Barware Collection would make for a stunning addition to any Waterford collection and the perfect gift for dog lovers, sure to be cherished for a lifetime.

 

 

 

The change of weather in October calls for some expertly crafted warming cocktails that are infused with fall’s best flavours. We have partnered with mixologist The Cocktail Spin who has devised some cocktails that can be enjoyed throughout this colourful season and inspired by the Halloween Holiday.

On October 31st invite your closest friends and family round and create these three delicious warming cocktails that will surprise your guests with delight. Serve the Halloween themed cocktails with sweet treats and snacks that will ensure your guests are not just there for the boos.

Cocktail #1- The Chocolate Pumpkin Old Fashioned

The flavours of chocolate and pumpkin are October classics that are enjoyed both at Halloween and throughout the season of fall. Partnered with a firm whiskey favourite the Chocolate Pumpkin Old Fashioned cocktail makes this cocktail the ultimate tipple for the season, best served in our Waterford Crystal London Double Old-Fashioned Tumblers and enjoyed with friends.

Ingredients
2 oz Whiskey
0.5 oz Pumpkin Ale Syrup (1:1 Ratio pumpkin ale to sugar)
1 dash Cherry Bitters
1 dash Chocolate Bitters

Method
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with a large ice cube. Stir. Strain into a Waterford Crystal tumbler with fresh ice and garnish and an orange rind.

 

Cocktail #2 – The Thackery Binx

This striking looking cocktail is inspired by the spooky favourite film ‘Hocus Pocus.’ Serve this delicious whiskey-based cocktail with sweet treats. The cocktail is best served in our Waterford Crystal Lismore Connoisseur tumbler.