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One of Ireland's leading food festivals, the annual Waterford Harvest Festival returns from the 6th - 12th September for its 12th year! With such a vibrant foodie community here in Waterford, this is a festival you won't want to miss! 

Brought to you by Waterford City & County Council, this years Harvest Festival will be a newly re-imagined week-long, citywide line-up. You can look forward to bespoke menus, dining-out experiences, seasonal dishes, local producer collaborations and an overall celebration of Waterford - Ireland's No.1 Foodie Destination!

The Harvest Festival will mark the re-emergence of the city's incredible hospitality sector, with a range of both free and paid for ticketed events. It's your chance to sample the best in Waterford eateries, discover the city's delicious hidden gems and create new memories with loved ones while soaking up the city's atmosphere. 

So far some the wonderful line-up of events includes: 


A Century In Baking - Celebrating 100 years baking in Waterford

Phoenix Yeard Feast in association with Tully's and Tom Mahers

From The Garden at Momo

Appreciation of Harvest: A Meal to Celebrate at Everetts

Blackwater Distillery & The Reg Gin & Cocktail Event

Guinness & Oysters @ The Viking Boat


Be sure to book your tickets fast as they are sure to sell out!

Full details can be found on the 'What's On' page at!

Waterford is a food-lovers paradise, so why not take a 'foodcation' in Ireland's Oldest City and enjoy its diverse food culture and heritage this September!

Keep an eye on as even more briliant foodie events are to be announced in the coming weeks!

Hungry already? Why not pre-book a beautiful Afternoon Tea in The Crystal Cafe. Presented on stunning Wedgwood butterfly bloom teaware, the experience is complete with savory delights, indulgent sweet treats and tea or coffee. A perfect experience to enjoy with friends & family. 

The Thomas Francis Meagher Tricolour Celebration is an annual event which commemorates the flying of the Irish National Flag for the first time by Waterford man Thomas Francis Meagher in his native city at the Wolf Tone Confederate Club at 33 The Mall, Waterford on March 7th 1848.

This year the event will go virtual with a series of events over the course of the weekend of the 25th, 26th and 27th June 2021. Several national and international guests and speakers, including Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to America, and Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff, Irish Defence Forces, will lead a series of talks reflecting on the life and legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher. The Island of Ireland Peace Choir will present a musical celebration in honour of Meagher, and Anna Jordan will deliver a poetic tribute. On Sunday, there will be a virtual raising of the tricolour flag on The Mall.

At The Bishops Palace, you can view a number of artifacts related to Thomas Francis Meagher including a large oil on canvas portrait of Meagher in his US Army uniform and the last letter written by Meagher prior to his deportation.

The event kicks off this evening at 6pm and all events can be viewed on the Waterford In Your Pocket and Meaghers Tricolour Facebook pages, as well as being available on Youtube.

For the full schedule of events and for more details on Thomas Francis Meagher and the history of the Irish Flag, visit

June 3rd, marks World Cider Day! In celebration we want to share some of the wonderful local cider producers we have here in County Waterford - Don't forget to sample some of the delicious local food and drink products the next time you visit Waterford and please remember to drink responsibly.

Legacy Irish Cider

Legacy Irish Cider is based in Dungarvan, a lovely harbour town about a half an hour drive from Waterford City with plenty of things to do in the area. Liam McDonnell founded the business and chose the name Legacy as he has proudly followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him by making a living working with apples! His grandfather Wilsie previously grew and sold apples in the late 1950s and his father Pat also had a passion for apples, he became a doctor in the study of apple production and developed his own miniature apple tree which sold extensively throughout Europe under the brand ‘Coronet, The Miniature Apple tree’, and is still selling Nationally and Internationally to this day.

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As for Liam, he found his own way to incorporate their families love of apples into his life by taking the apples and bottling the 3 generations of apple expertise into a bottle of Legacy Craft Cider! They do say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and Liam’s dad Pat is always on hand to share his 50 years of experience in the apple industry. They are a small but passionate team, that love doing what they do - producing an authentic natural product using local handpicked apples. Legacy uses only three apple varieties in their blend; a cider apple, a cooking apple and an eating apple and they ferment each of these apple varieties separately. The craft cider making process is as green as it gets. The production of Legacy craft ciders is similar to that of wine, they ferment the apple juice to produce the alcohol and do not distill, mash, cook or boil so there is little production and no energy use required and because apples are naturally sweet, their sugars ferment without the need to heat.

The Legacy Cider range includes:

  •  The Original Legacy Dry Cider
  •  The Legacy Medium Cider
  • Legacy Mulled Cider (A winter offering)

For more details on Legacy Cider, visit

Viking Irish Drinks

David Dennison is the founder of Viking Irish Drinks. Dennison’s Farm is situated in the Barony of Gaultier in East Waterford, close to the village of Dunmore East and on the doorstep to Viking settlements and the Suir Estuary which inspired Viking Irish Drinks name. A Sommelier by profession, David has over 35 years’ experience in the food and drinks industry. He has represented Ireland at World and European Sommelier competitions, and he is a holder of a Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma (WSET).

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The planting of his apple orchards started in 2014, with cider production commencing in 2019. Today there are 3.5 hectares of orchards, with 14 different cider apples growing. Additionally, there is 1 hectare of outdoor vines for wine making and ⅓ hectare of Blackcurrants for Viking Irish Blackcurrant Liqueur and Harvest Blush Craft Cider. Sustainability is at the fore of Viking Irish Drinks and all production is organically based. Wastewater is fed to a reed bed system that creates a wildlife and pollinator hub, whilst native beehives on Dennison’s Farm create a continuous pollination for the Orchard. An entirely in-house company, bottling and labelling takes place in their cidery and all packaging is environmentally friendly and fully recyclable.

 The Viking Irish Cider range is made up of three unique craft cider styles, based on old farm recipes, including:

  • Orchard Cuvée
  • Harvest Blush
  • Hop-IT

For more details on Viking Irish Drinks, visit their website at

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The Perfect Glass For The Perfect Craft Brew...

At Waterford, we have the finest selection of glassware and barware that has been expertly designed and crafted for your timeless enjoyment. Whatever the choice, be it a craft cider, craft beer, lager or juice, you're sure to find the perfect glass to indulge in your favorite drink with our beautiful range of crystal cut glassware and barware.



We're sharing some of the wonderful Waterford Whiskeys we have here, as well as our Whiskey Connoisseur Collection to enhance your Whiskey tasting experience!

Velvet Cap

Velvet Cap Irish Whiskey, created by Waterford's Blackwater Distillery, is a small batch blend of malt and grain whiskies which has been made to be enjoyed! Blackwater Distillery CEO Peter Mulryan says: "Here we have always been whiskey drinkers, not collectors. The idea behind Velvet Cap was to create a whiskey to be savoured, not stashed away on a shelf” . The blend is rested in various bourbon, port and stouted rye casks and has flavours of vanilla, plum and agave.

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The Blackwater Distillery is located along the banks of the blackwater river in West Waterford. Established in 2014, the micro-distillery is housed in a coverted 1950's hardware store in Ballyduff, where they make their award-winning gin & small batch whisky. Nearby, you will find the beautiful Lismore Castle & Gardens which dates back to 1170. Over the years the castle has seen a number of famous faces - from Lucian Fried to JFK! Definitely one to check out the next time you’re in West Waterford!

Waterford Distillery

Waterford Distillery's state of the art facility is situated at the end of Waterford's Quay, along the banks overlooking the river Suir. The Distillery strives to create the finest Single Malt Whisky, and the origin of the barley used in their product is one of their most important elements. They source their barley from 86 Irish farms, growing on 19 distinct soil types. Each crop is kept separate and distilled to ensure each farm's terrior is captured in the end product. Waterford Distillery's first series of whiskies - Single Farm Origin - was released in 2016 after maturing in french and american oak for several years. Be sure to keep an eye out for the distillery on your next riverside stroll in Waterford City!

Visit for more details.

Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur

Waterford is the home of Anchor Spirits Ireland, the makers of Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur? The original recipe for the delicious toffee and hazelnut whiskey was discovered in a dilapidated cottage in County Waterford. Tom Muldoon was the man behind the recipe and used to make whiskey in the 19th Century using a traditional method of burying alcohol filled charred casks underground. After some experimentation with more modern methods, Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur came to life!

Today Anchor Spirits uses premium Irish whiskey infused with natural toffee and hazelnut to create Muldoon. It's a unique Irish Whiskey Liqueur and has won many national and international awards for taste and flavour including a gold medal from the prestigious Irish Whiskey Awards. Anchor Spirits is housed in one of Waterford City's most historic buildings, 33 The Mall, where the Irish Flag was flown for the first time by the legendary Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848. 

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For The Connoisseurs...

Taste: it’s about fine ingredients, ambience, company, and certainly premium quality spirits that can only be fully and truly appreciated when experienced in the proper glass. The Waterford Lismore Connoisseur Whiskey Collection is a crowning achievement of crystal craftsmanship and the pinnacle of elite fine whiskey enjoyment. Single malt whiskeys, craft scotches and artisanal bourbons deserve as much crystal appreciation as fine wine. Each tasting glass in the collection is created by Waterford designers and whiskey professionals to bring out the best in every good bottle. It allows you to fully savour appearance, aroma, taste and finish.


St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching and we want to share some of the ways you can get involved in the celebrations from your own home.

This years virtual St. Patrick's Day Festival, with the theme 'Dúisigh Éire!/Awaken Ireland!', strives to inspire people across Ireland and the world 'to rise to embrace brighter days ahead'. The festival program will be made up of various online events from music, theatre, art, performance, poetry, storytelling, traditional arts, virtual tours, food, and culture.

St Patrick’s Festival TV is on Oireachtas TV, on all Irish TV platforms, plus worldwide online at and on from March 12th -17th, daily from 9am-11pm GMT.

Get Involved in the Virtual St Patrick's Day Parade

In Waterford, many of our landmark buildings will be lighting up green for the virtual St. Patrick's Day Parade in celebration of our national holiday. You can get involved too by tagging #RTEVirtualParade #HappyStPatricksDay and #StPatricksAtHome online with photos and videos of your at-home celebrations!

Tune In To The St. Patrick's Day Festival Events

With over 100 virtual events scheduled over 6 days, you'll have plenty to choose from! 

Check out the full program at

Learn about Ireland's culinary history in the 5 part mini-series 'A History of Irish Food with Tadgh Byrne'.

Watch performances from marching bands across Ireland and the world as they play a selection of traditional and contemporary arrangements of some of your favourite tunes on 'Bands of Ireland presents: Play On for 2021'.

Inspired by stories and legends from Saint Patrick’s time right up to modern day Irish poetry, 'The Saint Patrick Show - A Musical & Visual Tale'  is a 45 minute show featuring 2021 Grammy nominated Fontaines DC frontman, Grian Chatten, Matthew Campbell from the Shamrock Tenors, soprano Mary McCabe, and other Irish artists.

'The Patrick’s Day Hug - Barróg Lá Fhéile Phádraig'  brings together the best of Irish Traditional musicians in Dublin's legendary venue 'Whelans' for a wownderful night of tunes. 

As a finale for the celebrations, the St Patrick's Day Party will broadcast LIVE on 17 March from three of Ireland's best-loved pubs and will bring a festival of music, Irish dancing, special guests and a few surprises right into your living room. Tune in from 7pm to 8:30pm GMT on 17 March at

Say 'Sláinte!' with an Irish Coffee! 

Treat yourself to a decadent Irish Coffee for the day that's in it! Perfect served in our Lismore Irish Coffee Glasses. Did you know that Foynes in County Limerick is closely connected to the origin of the Irish coffee? Click here to read the full story then try our Irish Coffee recipe below!

The Best Of Irish Home Baking

Bring a taste of Ireland to your own kitchen with these classic Irish recipes - Kevin Dundon's Irish Scones and Tim O'Sullivan's Irish Brown Soda Bread. Perfect for St Patrick's Day breakfast, served with some real butter and jam.

A Piece of Ireland For Your Home

Celebrate Irish Heritage with a piece from our Irish Shamrock Collection; hand-crafted here at The House of Waterford Crystal, this collection features a beautifully cut shamrock design.



Waterford Crystal's White House connection dates back to 1961 when Dot Tubridy initiated the annual tradition of presenting a Waterford Crystal bowl of shamrock in the Oval Office on St Patrick’s Day.

Dot Tubridy was a long time friend of the Kennedy family. This friendship began when Dot and her husband Michael traveled to New York for an international show jumping competition and met Ethel Skakel whom later married Robert Kennedy. Dot's husband Michael was a renowned show jumper with the Irish Army's equestrian team. Tragically he passed away in a riding accident at the age of 31. Following his death, Dot spent some time with Robert & Ethel Kennedy recuperating from her loss. She was offered a job and became Waterford Crystal's PR representative in the US market, appearing on many US radio and television shows promoting Waterford Crystal. As well as this, Dot became an unofficial ambassador for Ireland, which she was later recognized for in 1989. 

Dot had a natural flair in PR and established a number of important opportunities for Waterford Crystal. She became friends with Bing Crosby which led to Waterford producing trophies for his famous charity golf classics. Dot is credited for creating the Shamrock Bowl tradition which continues to this day.

Dot also inspired President Ronald Reagan to purchase 200 Waterford biscuit bowls for friends during his time in office in the 1980's. It is said that Dot's friendship with the Kennedys inspired JFK's visit to Ireland in 1963. 

Dot passed away in 2018 at the age of 92. In 2019, members of the Kennedy family traveled to Trim, Co Meath, for the opening of an exhibition dedicated to Dot. The Exhibition 'Dear Dot' displayed over 10,000 pieces of pictures, letters and memorabilia from Dot's personal collection. Some of the letters contained correspondence from JFK, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bing Crosby to name a few. Waterford Crystal created a footed bowl to commemorate the opening of the 'Dear Dot' exhibition. The piece featured the Kennedy and Tubridy Crests as well as Dot Tubridy's favorite saying 'May the Road Rise With You and the Wind Be at Your Back'.


Over the years there have been many pieces of Waterford Crystal exchanged, including a Waterford Boat Bowl which was given to President Elect Joe Biden in 2013 when he was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame. 

Pierce Mc Grath - Master Flat Cutter & Sculptor

Pierce McGrath started his career with Waterford Crystal over 51 years ago. He joined the company at the young age of 16 years.

Pierce remembers it well he says, “A very easy date to remember 9/9/1969 was when it all began and in a blink of an eye here we are all these years later”.  Pierce was born and reared in Tinhalla, Co. Waterford, where he lived with his mother, father, and older brother. A cousin of his Mam’s, John Quann (a man Pierce had great respect for) was a wedge cutter at Waterford Crystal.  John knew that the company was looking to recruit apprentices and he thought Pierce would be a good fit for the job. Pierce remembers well the interview with Tom Healy (HR), a daunting experience for a quiet country boy, but he impressed Tom and was told to report for work and meet with Mr. Carelli on his first day. 

Pierce reported for duty but could not remember the name of the man he was to report to, being very shy and retiring he didn’t ask either.  Pierce laughs as he recalls “I didn’t get to meet Carelli for a further 3 weeks!!”  On meeting Carelli he didn’t make any references to the missing weeks and neither did Pierce!  Carelli who had come to Waterford from Italy went on to train Pierce as an apprentice flat cutter on his bench. To train as a flat cutter at Waterford you must serve 5 years as an apprentice and then a further three years to master the craft. At the end of each year the apprentice must complete an exam piece. Throughout the years Pierce trained with lots of masters and fondly remembers Jim Purcell and Jimmy Cusack as great mentors. He adds that Dixie Baily was a ‘Top Notch’ gentleman.  

Pierce forged friendships with these men and learned the tricks of the trade from them all. He points out that the 13 men on each bench were paid by piece so it was in their interest to train you well. This came with the pressure of knowing if you messed up or slowed the team down, this would be reflected in the weekly wage and you certainly didn’t want to be blamed for a poor wage!!  

Pierce invested in a motorbike which held a great fascination for the young Pierce. As he was now working he was able to purchase one and pay it off from his weekly wage.  Pierce would ride in and out, 20 miles each way between the factory and his home.  In the third year of training at Waterford, on one of those long cold and wet journeys home, Pierce decided to apply to the Garda Síochána. He took the exam in the Olympia in Waterford, and was called for an interview in Portlaw Garda Station, and he was then called to Dublin for a medical and an Oral Irish exam. Pierce says, “I was nervous enough about taking the Irish exam, that went without a hitch. The doctor at the medical commented that it was a pity I didn’t get a haircut before I came up. I laughed because I did get a haircut but it wasn’t a crew cut befitting a garda, it was now shoulder length!!”. Well, the shoulder-length hair didn’t hinder Pierces' chances and he was successful in his application and was given a date to start in Templemore at the Garda Training Centre. 

To be selected to train as a Garda was quite the honor, to pass the rigorous vetting and testing was no small achievement.  Pierce says it was a very tough choice between remaining at Waterford, working with a world-renowned brand doing a job which he loved surrounded by a group of comrades he respected, or making the decision to train as a garda. “My parents, even though they were very proud that I was successfully selected, were also very worried about me joining the force as there was trouble in the north and the Garda were manning the border. They thought it was just too risky”.  So, Pierce decided to continue his training and went on to qualify as a flat cutter. “I often think about what path my life would have taken if I had chosen to train as a Garda, but I don’t have regrets. I got to remain in Tinhalla, a very beautiful place.  I went on to spend 51 years at Waterford, so I reckon I made the right decision. I still commute to Waterford daily, but nowadays I have the luxury of a car. Motorbikes are still a great passion of mine,” he says.

Over the years Pierce has worked in the Butlerstown plant, where he specialised in Chandeliers and lighting. He also worked in Kilbarry, flat cutting pieces right up until 2003 when he moved into the Flat Mill where he worked on special pieces, trophies, and bespoke pieces. Pierce had the opportunity to go to Boston on an artisan event in 1995, where he signed and personalized pieces for customers. He enjoyed the experience of meeting the customers and this event brought home to him how much Waterford Crystal meant to these people. The international appeal of the pieces he and his colleagues had created here in Waterford, truly amazed him.  Pierce said, “I felt very proud to represent the brand and my colleagues on this international platform.”

Pierce worked in the flat mill, right up until the plant closed in 2009.  “When the plant closed in Kilbarry, I was in my 50’s and I thought that’s it, I will never cut crystal again. I felt it was too late to retrain and find something I enjoyed as much as cutting crystal - I had spent nearly 40 years crafting and creating pieces.

In 2010, when news broke that Waterford Crystal was reopening, Pierce was thrilled to be selected by Dermot Barlow and Tony Grant to return to doing what he knew best, cutting crystal.  Pierce says “It just felt like coming home when we started back here on the Mall in Waterford, everything was so familiar, the sounds and the smells of the crystal being created. When you have spent so long involved in a craft like this its ingrained in your very fiber”.

Pierce is not a man to sit on his laurels and in 2013 he was given the opportunity to move into the sculpting area at the House of Waterford Crystal. This move gave him the chance to work with the Sculpting team creating bespoke and one-off pieces and of course the amazing Trophies that are created here.  Pierce is a huge fan of golfing so it’s no surprise to hear that his favorite trophy he to have worked on was the Phoenix Golf Trophy and most recently the 3M Golf Trophy. Pierce says,” I get great satisfaction watching the tournament being played and then seeing the winner receive the trophy that I have played a part in creating, a truly unique experience”.  One of the most memorable, one-off pieces that Pierce created was a stunning motorbike sculpted from several blocks of crystal. “It was a privilege to create that piece, working on something you are very passionate about brings something very special to the finished piece,” Pierce fondly recalls.

Pierce is a true craftsman, hardworking with great pride in his work. Pierce says these traits came from his parents. His father worked all of his life in the local tannery and his mother came from a long line of blacksmiths. You could say hard work and craftsmanship were embedded from a young age.  When Pierce reflects on his 51 years at Waterford, he says, “Over the years, I have enjoyed meeting people from all corners of the world as they pass through our factory, people who have a passion for the pieces we create here. It’s always lovely to chat with them about what I’m working on.  I have learned so much from all of the great men I have worked with over the years and I have made lifelong friends during my time at Waterford. When I started work as a 16-year-old boy I was the only one ever from Tinhalla to work at Waterford Crystal and I still hold that record!”


Christmas is upon us and the festivities have kicked off here in Waterford!

2020 has been the year of the unexpected, but that doesn't mean Christmas is cancelled! There are plenty of safe, outdoor festive events throughout Waterford that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit and enjoying the most wonderful time of the year!



Winterval is in full swing and the city is lit up by an array of beautiful lights and displays. It's the perfect place to wander and take in the festive sights, visit the Windows of Winterval and take a trip on the Big Wheel! - check out our Winterval blog here.

There's also other Christmas themed outdoor events happening throughout the county! 



Christmas at The Coastguard


The Coastguard Station in Tramore is located along the Doneraile clifftop where it has stood for over 150 years as protector and rescuer for the town and surrounding coastline. It offers unparalleled views overlooking Tramore Bay and the promenade and this year visitors can experience Christmas at the Coastguard! The gardens have been lit up with an array of stunning festive light displays to shine a light of hope at the end of what has been a challenging year.

As well as the beautiful light displays, visitors can browse the Christmas Craft Market cabins in the courtyard. The market is showcasing the wide selection of creative work being produced locally – meet the makers and purchase a homemade, local Christmas gift. The gift-wrapping station is available at select times over the weekend.



Inside the Coastguard Station, you can browse more beautiful artwork and craft pieces from Sinead Boyle Photography and Lady Alchemy / Linda Rice Ceramics as well as Lupita de Bhail Art in the upstairs gallery. Grab a hot chocolate and crepe in the café and take in the lovely festive atmosphere. Christmas at The Coastguard is running Wednesday – Sunday until the 22nd December. Visit their Facebook page and website and for more details on this lovely festive family outing!



The Enchanted Gardens


The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore have been transformed into the beautiful 'Enchanted Gardens' for their annual winter lights event now in it's fifth year! Visitors will be mesmerized by the stunning sea of sparkling lights; animal sculptures and dramatic tree and foliage light displays that create this wonderful Winter Wonderland. This year the gardens theme is ‘Waterford Shines’ – a tribute to the great effort made by frontline staff and the people of Waterford during 2020.



Visitors will follow the path around the 1.5 acres of garden in a one-way system and may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Winter Fairy whom dwells in the gardens Japanese Ceremonial Teahouse! Takeaway drinks such as hot chocolate and Gluwein are available to enjoy while taking in the twinkling sights. The event is suitable for all ages – for more details and booking information visit




The Festive Forest


The Festive Forest in Dungarvan is the first ever drive-thru Santa Adventure in the region, offering families a magical experience from the safety of their own cars! As visitors begin their journey, they will be first greeted by elves at the check-in booths before starting their adventure along the winding forest road. Along the way, witness plenty of dazzling light displays, Santa's sorting office, The Elves' Toy Workshop as well as Santa's Grotto and his reindeer! As visitors approach each attraction, they may roll down their car windows to witness their surroundings and see the experience as it comes to life. The Festive Forest journey takes about 30 minutes and the event will run until the 23rd of Decmeber. For further details and ticket availablility visit



 Kringletown Christmas Village


Located along the Waterford Greenway at Coach House Coffee in Kilmacthomas, Kringletown is a magical Christmas Experience for all the family! Visit the Christmas market stalls, pop in to the 'K.Kringle Christmas Emporium' for all of your Christmas decorating needs, hop on the Christmas Carousel and of course visit santa Claus himself at the Kringletown Santa Experience. As you explore the Christmas Village, treat yourself to some hot chocolate, mulled wine and festive sweet treats while taking in the warm festive atmosphere. Tickets are limited - visit for details!