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After you've taken The House of Waterford Crystal factory tour, why not take a spin to the Hook Peninsula for some amazing coastal views and some fresh sea air! Along the way you can visit the scenic Passage East Village, take the Passage East Car Ferry across to Ballyhack in County Wexford and then learn about life in a Lighthouse at Hook!

At the southernmost tip of the Hook Peninsula lies Hook Lighthouse, one of the world’s oldest fully operational lighthouse. Located in County Wexford, you can reach Hook within an hours drive from Waterford City, taking the Passage East Car Ferry along the way.

The lighthouse tower, constructed using local limestone, dates back 800 years to the medieval times. Visitors can explore the lighthouse with a guided tour, ascending the 115 well worn spiral steps of the tower to the balcony at the top which offers stunning sea views. After returning to ground level, visitors can look in the visitor center and gift shop or grab a bite to eat in the cafe. Visit hookheritage.ie for more details.

If you have some extra time and want to explore some more, visit Tintern Abbey or Dunbrody Abbey for more beautiful sights and history.

 

 

If you are looking for a place to relax and wander through some beautiful outdoor surroundings, then Mount Congreve Gardens is a top choice while in Ireland's Ancient East. Located about 10 minutes by car from Waterford City Center, Mount Congreve is a perfect day out for all the family. You are guaranteed some spectacular views no matter the season as there is such a vast variety of flora and fauna throughout the estate which covers 70 acres. There are over three thousand different trees and shrubs, more than two thousand Rhododendrons, six hundred Camellias, three hundred acre cultivars, six hundred conifers, two hundred and fifty climbers and fifteen hundred herbaceous plants.

Mount Congreve has been recognised as one of the ‘great gardens of the world’. The estate dates back to the 1750’s and was designed by John Roberts, a local architect whom was known for designing many of Waterford’s iconic buildings. Mount Congreve House and Estate was home to 6 generations of the Congreve's up until 2011. Originally, the gardens were made up of a lone terraced garden and woodland of ilexes and sweet chestnuts. However, in 1955 Mr Ambrose Congreve began creating large clearings to make way for his new plants. 


Over the course of 40 years, Ambrose Congreve along with Mr Herman Dool developed the gardens. The development and care of the gardens continues to this day. With the knowledge of curator Mr Michael White, there is a steady stream of new additions being added to the gardens collection as well as a new hybrid breeding programme of magnolias and rhododendrons. Mr Congreve passed away in 2011 while on route to the Chelsea Flower Show. He was 104 years old. In his lifetime his achievements were recognised by Queen Elizabeth, whom awarded him a CBE for his contribution in horticulture, and he also received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin as well as numerous medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.

    

There are a number of key features that you have to see at Mount Congreve. The Chinese ​​​​​​Padoga is located in the centre of an old quarry, this a spectacular sight especially when viewed from above. The Classical Temple overlooks the beautiful view of the river Suir and countryside, and is a great spot for some photos. The Woodstown Viking Settlement can also be seen from here. The Georgian Glasshouse is bordered by a variety of herbaceous plants and a large manicured lawn. Built in 1840, the glasshouse is currently undergoing renovations. Explore the 16km of pathways and find the other hidden gems for yourself. Throughout the year Mount Congreve have special events including twilight tours, plant fairs and family fun days. If you would like to grab a coffee or lunch there is an on-sight café with both indoor and outdoor seating. They also have a garden shop, where you can purchase plants and ask the expert gardeners any questions you may have. Don’t miss this enchanting estate while in Waterford, you won’t be disappointed. Visit mountcongreve.com for more details!

House of Waterford Crystal is one of the country's top visitor experience according to Tripadvisor and Viator.

A visit to the House of Waterford Crystal is one of the top experiences a visitor can do in Ireland according to Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor, has just released its 2020 Traveller's Choice Awards and the House of Waterford Crystal ranks ninth in best visitor experiences in Ireland.

Each year Tripadvisor combs through traveller reviews and uses that info to award the very best experiences in Ireland.

The full top ten in the Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Awards 2020

  1. Giants Causeway, County Antrim
  2. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
  3. Wicklow Mountains
  4. Aran Islands and County Galway
  5. Jameson Distillery Experience, Dublin
  6. Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
  7. Galway City
  8. House of Waterford Crystal, Waterford
  9. The Burren, County Clare

Our beautiful country and home town of Waterford has so many stunning sights which have been a great source of inspiration for our crafts people over the years. We strive to create pieces that evoke the beautiful scenery around us, including the calmness and serenity of the stunning coastline views, rolling hills of the countryside and vastness of the mountains. After you stop by our factory to witness our creations coming to life, why not explore Waterford and see where our inspiration comes from.

 

The Waterford Greenway

Running along a route in Ireland’s Ancient East that is rich in Irish heritage, the Waterford greenway is a beautiful walking & cycling path and is a great way to explore the lush outdoors of Ireland. Unwind as you take in the spectacular views along the way, from railway viaducts to the famous Ballyvoyle tunnel, from Kilmacthomas Workhouse to an Ice Age rock with a fascinating myth.

 

Things to See Along The Way

Stroll around the beautiful Mount Congreve gardens, stop at Coach House Coffee for a caffeine boost to keep you going or finish your journey with a picnic at Dungarvan Bay. Find more details here. You can begin your greenway adventure from various points so it is perfect to combine with other attractions in the area which you may want to visit. Bike rental, including electric bikes, is available and you can plan bike pick-up and drop-off from different locations depending on which part you would like to explore. Take the time to stop and enjoy the wonderful sights as you journey along the beautiful Waterford Greenway. For more information visit: https://visitwaterford.com/category/explore/waterford-greenway/

 

The Waves of Tramore Collection depicts the round capped sand dunes, the rolling waves lapping against the beach and colliding with the turn of the tide in the seaside town of Tramore. The town is situated on the north-western corner of Tramore Bay on a hill that slopes down to the strand, or sand spit, that divides the bay. The Sea Horse was adopted as the symbol of the town of Tramore and was later adopted as the logo for Waterford Crystal in 1955.

 

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The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands, made up of Inis Oírr, Inis Meain and the largest island Inis Mór, are located along the rugged west coast of Ireland and are mainly accessible by ferry from either Rossaveal in County Galway or Doolin in County Clare. From Waterford, it takes just over 3 hours to reach Galway City and then a further 35 minute drive to reach the ferry at Rossaveal. Doolin would be a further distance and is closer to the Cliffs of Moher.

The Aran Islands are a Gaeltacht district and all natives primarily speak Irish. On each island you will come across a unique variety of flora and fauna, and find a number of ancient forts, churches and monuments. On top of the breath-taking views to take in, the islands give a real insight into their unique culture and way of life.

Every great icon has a great back story! And the story of the Aran jumper begins on the wild Aran islands –three rugged isles peeking out of the Atlantic Ocean off Galway, along the west coast of Ireland. They were first inhabited by the Celts, who are thought to have inspired the intricate and unique designs found in Aran jumpers. The first Aran jumpers were made using unscoured wool –which retains its natural oils –to make the iconic fisherman’s garment. The end result was waterproof, breathable, warm and barely needed to be washed (although the smell wasn’t the best!). Fishing was a huge part of life, and so these jumpers quickly became a staple of the Aran families. Rumour has it that families designed their own patterns so they could identify drowned fishermen. Although this has never been confirmed, it would certainly explain the unique patterns adopted by each family.

It's all in the detail. The intricacy of the stitches used are not for the faint-hearted knitter. Each Aran jumper contains around 100,000 stitches and takes the Aran knitter approximately 60 days to complete! Plus, each stitch has its own special meaning, with many reflecting Celtic art and relating to island life...

 

The Cable: A depiction of fisherman’s ropes, it represents a wish for a fruitful day at sea.

 

The Diamond: This stitch is a wish for success and wealth! It reflects the small fields of the islands and are often filled with a Moss stitch, which represents the seaweed used to fertilise barren fields and produce a good harvest.

 

The Zig Zag: A half diamond, this represents the twisting cliffs and paths on the islands.

 

The Tree of Life: One of the original stitches and unique to the earliest examples of Aran knitwear, this reflects the importance of family and a desire for family unity.

 

To find out more about the Aran Islands as well as the abundance of beautiful locations around the country visit https://www.ireland.com/en-gb/

 

The Aran Collection

Design inspiration for the Master Craftsmen of Waterford is never far away, just off the West Coast of Ireland lie the Aran Islands, the jewel of Galway Bay. These rugged islands are the home of the iconic Aran sweaters. Originally crafted for the island’s fishermen from local wool, these beautiful knits reflect the essence of the wild Irish spirit and landscapes. The traditional crafts of Ireland, whether crystal cutting, weaving or knitting are intrinsic to its heritage with time-honoured skills that have remained unchanged for generations.

A striking new Master Craft crystal collection from Waterford takes its inspiration from the different Aran patterns and stitches which hold symbolic meanings for wealth and success and the stages of life, representing old Irish clans and overall good fortune for fishermen. Using the finest materials, each of the five pieces showcases the depth of cutting and the brilliance and clarity of Waterford crystal, synonymous with quality since 1783. With the best crystal artisans applying their skills, they create a stylish linear, crisscross pattern in a new, spell-binding collection of minimalist pieces making the Master Craft Aran collection beautiful in its elegant simplicity.

With the 2020 Turkish Airlines Irish Cricket Awards set to be held on Friday evening, a new event partner with a global link to cricket has been unveiled that will be sure to add sparkle to proceedings.

Irish crystal maker, Waterford, has crafted the awards for the event’s category winners, heralding a new association between Waterford and Cricket Ireland.

David McCoy, from Waterford Crystal, said: 

“Waterford has a proud history of creating iconic crystalware since 1783, and we are pleased to become involved with Irish cricket’s night of nights. The Irish Cricket Awards recognise the best of Irish talent on the world stage, and as Ireland’s leading crystal manufacturer, we are delighted to be associated with cricket here in Ireland.” 

“We congratulate all winners on the night and look forward to enjoying a night of celebrating Ireland’s role in the world’s second biggest sport.” 

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said: 

“The last few years have seen a steep growth in awareness and involvement in Irish cricket – not just on the field, but also with our family of sponsors and business partners. Support from our partners drives investment at all levels of our sport and has been one of the reasons we continue to punch above our weight on the world stage.”

“We welcome Waterford’s support for Irish cricket, and hope this may be the start of a long-term association. A partnership with such an iconic Irish brand puts the best of Ireland in the global spotlight, and the winners of these stunning crystal awards are sure to be the envy of the Irish cricket family.”

The 2020 Turkish Airlines Irish Cricket Awards will be held in Dublin on Friday 28 February 2020.
 
 

The Turkish Airlines Irish Cricket Awards nominees

Award category: Shapoorji Pallonji Male Youth International Player of the Year Nominees:

•Nathan McGuire

•Mitchell Thompson

•Tim Tector

 

Award category: Shapoorji Pallonji Female Youth International Player of the Year Nominees:

•Orla Prendergast

•Amy Hunter

•Alana Dalzell

 

Award category: Clear Currency Volunteering Excellence Award Nominees:

•Michael Hickey

•Mark Jones

•Robert ‘Lofty’ McGonigle

 

Award category:Sunday Independent/Aengus Fanning Outstanding Contribution to Coaching

•To be announced on the night

 

Award category: Techfynder Club Official of the Year Nominees:

•Joe Connolly

•David Caldwell

•Talha Kayani

 

Award category: Gibneys Outstanding Contribution to Irish Cricket

•To be announced on the night

 

Award category: O' Neills Male Club Player of the Year Nominees:

•Andrew Britton, Brigade

•Chris Dougherty, CIYMS

•John Anderson, Merrion

•Majid Khan, Midleton

•Marc Ellison,

 

CSNI Award category: O' Neills Female Club Player of the Year Nominees:

•Alison Cowan, CSNI

•Rachel Delaney, Merrion

•Sarah Black,

 

Fox Lodge Award category: Tildenet Club of the Year Nominees:

•Ardmore Cricket Club

•Bready Cricket Club

•CIYMS Cricket Club

•CSNI Cricket Club

•Pembroke Cricket Club

•Midleton Cricket Club

 

Award category: Toyota Super 3s Player of the Year

•To be announced on the night

 

Award category: Test Triangle Inter - Provincial Player of the Year Nominees:

•Andrew Balbirnie

•Cormac Hassett

•Graham Hume

•Harry Tector

 

Award category: Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame

•To be announced on the night

 

Award category: Hanley Energy Women's International Player of the Year Nominees:

•Kim Garth

•Orla Prendergast

•Eimear Richardson

•Mary Waldron

 

Award category: Turkish Airlines Men's International Player of the Year Nominees:

•Andrew Balbirnie

•Tim Murtagh

•Kevin O’Brien

•Paul Stirling

Representatives of Spanish tour operator Catai and some of its top-producing travel agents visited Ireland this weeks as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

The travel professionals came to Ireland to experience the things that Spanish holidaymakers can see and do in the country. Their itinerary included trips to Malahide Castle & Gardens in Dublin, the Medieval Mile in Kilkenny, the House of Waterford Crystal, the Jameson Distillery Midleton, the Rock of Cashel and EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum.

Tourism Ireland's manager for Spain, Barbara Wood, stated,

"We were delighted to invite representatives of leading Spanish tour operator, Catai, to visit Ireland. Their visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase our superb tourism offering. Seeing is believing, and our aim is that, when they return home, they will be even more enthusiastic about the destination, helping to secure a greater share of their business for Ireland in 2020"

"Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of targeted promotional activity to grow Spanish visitor numbers for 2020 and, in particular, to encourage more holidaymakers to explore our regions and less-visited attractions during the shoulder and off-season months."

 

Some of the group took the opportunity to try the craft of cutting under the watchful eye of Master Craftsman Tom Power, as part of their VIP tour of the factory at Watreford.

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