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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.

 

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: http://www.deisegreenway.com/

 

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.

 

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.

WATERFORD, Ireland – Waterford Crystal is renowned for its sparkle!

Flat Cuts 

These types of cuts are most commonly found on the stems of glasses and the necks of decanters. This type of cutting, also known as
the Rheintour cut, is a common feature on World Sport Trophies. 

Fine Diamonds

A series of closely cut symmetrical lines arranged to give a diamondlike appearance. The depth of this cut contributes to Waterford’s unique brilliance. It is one of the more advanced cut types the apprentice cutter must master.

Open Plain Diamonds

The surface of the glass is carved with an abrasive wheel and a series of cuts symmetrically arranged to give a diamond-like appearance. Olives Performed using the smooth surface of a carved wheel. The cutter carves out an oval in the crystal similar to an olive shape. 

Wedge Cuts

These are also known as the leaf cut and are the most fundamental of all cuts. This type of cutting unites all designs. It can vary from a light, shallow imprint to a heavy deep incision – portraying delicacy or strength. Successful execution requires great skill and discretion.

Blaze

Blaze cuts are a contribution of leaf cuts placed around the piece; they can be either of equal or unequal length.

Blaze - perpendicular

These are upright cuts found on the glass. They are most commonly used in combination with other patterns, that being the Open Plain Diamonds.

Blaze – Unequal

This is a series of upright cuts of different size and length. Examples of these cuts can be found on the Maureen, Eileen and Mourne suites.

Rosette

A rosette is a combination of three or more cuts. The first cut is placed on the crystal in a vertical or horizontal position. A number of cuts are added to form the fan according to the designer’s pattern. The fan cut is most commonly used on bowls, vases and some stemware suites.

Rings

These are the circles placed around the piece, they are used to enhance and give a design structure. The ring cut is a feature of
hollowware – bowls and vases.

Did you know that Waterford Crystal has been fitting the Times Square Ball with brilliant crystal panels since the 2000 New Year’s Eve Celebration? 2019 will mark the 20th time that Waterford Crystal has been a part of the most iconic New Year’s Eve tradition.. and it keeps getting better! Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball.

At 11:59 p.m., the Ball begins its descent as millions of voices unite to count down the final seconds of the year, and celebrate the beginning of a new year full of hopes, challenges, changes and dreams.

In Times Square 2014, all 2,688 of the Waterford Crystal triangles introduced the new design Gift of Imagination and conclude in 2023 with the “Gift of Love,” each year the Waterford Crystal triangles will depict a “gift” – a theme of global aspiration whose value is universally treasured. The triangles feature a series of intricate wedge cuts that appear to be endless mirrored reflections of each other inspiring our imagination with a kaleidoscope of colourful patterns on the Ball. 

For the 2019 New Year's Eve Ball, 192 new Waterford Crystal triangular glass panels will be featured and introduces this year's theme - Gift of Goodwill- a crystal cut pattern design that celebrates the thoughts, deeds and reflections that provide tranquility, peace and composure.

Perched high above Times Square, this crystal quilt-work of varying patterns will symbolize the World’s Greatest Gifts, serving as inspiration to all across the globe.

Ball Fun Facts

  • The Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter, and weighs 11,875 pounds.
  • The Ball is covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size, and range in length from 4 3⁄4 inches to 5 3⁄4 inches per side.
  • The 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules which are attached to the aluminium frame of the Ball.
  • The Ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs (light emitting diodes). Each LED module contains 48 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs - 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each colour.
  • The Ball is capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colours and billions of patterns producing a spectacular kaleidoscope effect.

Pat Boyce Master Craftsman

On a warm Summer evening of 1964, 15-year-old Pat Boyce cycling home from De La Salle College decided to drop into the Waterford Glass Factory. Pat heard Waterford Glass were looking for apprentices and he thought it would be a nice summer job… a summer job that was to last 55 years! Pat took a test in the cutting shop and after he passed, he was offered a position at Waterford. His parents were not impressed with Pat choosing to leave school to work in the factory. Pat's father was an engineer in the local Jute factory and Pat remembers “My father had high aspirations for me as his eldest son to follow in his footsteps and to study to be an engineer. It took him a long time to come around to the idea that I was choosing to work in a factory. He advised me it was only a small company and he wasn’t convinced it was going to last!”

Pat started in the cutting department as an apprentice, at that time you trained on a six-man bench; usually two apprentices to four Master Cutters worked on the bench. Pat remembers with great fondness these years working with his mentor, Heinz Platner who was the manager of this area. Pat remembers that life as an apprentice was hard work with so much to learn. At the end of each of the first five years, there was an exam piece, a bowl to be cut. Each year the bowl increased in difficulty, each bowl more intricate than the previous one, finishing with the 5-year Apprentice Bowl. Pat passed his yearly exams with ease and was thrilled to bring home his final exam piece engraved with his name and the date he completed his exam and became a Master Cutter. Pat went on to become a Bench Master himself and stayed in this role for several years. While working in the cutting department, Pat was known to cut a particular bowl in record time. This bowl went on to be fondly known by the craftsmen as the ‘Boycey Bowl’. The memory of this brings a big smile to Pat’s face, “Just one of those things they said!” he fondly remembers.

Pat went on to graduate into the Specials Department, it was in this department that the bespoke pieces and trophies were created. It was an exclusive and very interesting place to work. “I really feel privileged to have watched Charles Bacik and Miroslav Havel at work, designing and creating these unique pieces that were in demand worldwide, at the time. I didn’t really realize at the time, what a huge part these men played in the history of Waterford Crystal,” says Pat. Pat went on to travel the world extensively, demonstrating the craft of cutting and engraving product at events. He visited stores in the UK, including; Harrods, Selfridges, House of Fraser and John Lewis, Dillard’s in the USA and many more. One of the standout memories of these visits for Pat was when he visited the USA Military base in Lakenheath, UK and bases in Naples and Sicily. Pat loved meeting with the army personnel and their families, enjoying personalizing their crystal purchases. Pat worked on the Superbowl trophy as a young cutter, it was a huge privilege to be chosen to cut this world-renown trophy.

Pat has met many of the rich and famous during his career at Waterford, it was a struggle to find his favourite. While working in the specials department in Kilbarry, Jimmy Carter (former American President) was visiting the plant. Pat met with Carter and requested a photograph with him and his son David, who had recently joined the company as a cutter. So, father and son joined Jimmy for a memorable photograph. While working in Harrods in London Pat had the pleasure of meeting Michael Caine (Actor) and Jose Mourinho (Football coach and former player) both men are people he admires. “I have met amazing people during my travels for Waterford Crystal, people I have admired and looked up to in my life, I consider myself very lucky to be able to do this as part of my working day”, says Pat.

Pat went on to became one of the first craftsmen to join a part of the tourist trail in Kilbarry known by the craftsmen as ‘The Hen House’. This was an area where the visitors would go, when they had completed a visit through the factory, to meet with Master Craftsmen. It gave the visitor the unique opportunity to see the Master Craftsmen up-close, using the skills that had taken them years to master. Visitors could chat to the craftsmen about the pieces they were working on and the skills involved in creating each piece. Pat stayed in this area, alternating between the tourist trail and the specials department for many years. Pat decided to go for a position that became available in the Gallery in Kilbarry, the position combined retail sales and engraving pieces for the visitors to personalize their products. Pat remained in this position until the closure in 2009. “Shocked and devasted, the only words to describe how I felt when the plant closed, I had known nothing else but Waterford Crystal since I was 15 years old,” a very emotional Pat remembers.

The story does not end there, Pat was recruited in 2010 when the House of Waterford Crystal reopened on the Mall, in the heart of Waterford City. Pat resumed the role of retail sales associate and engraver in our spectacular showroom. Pat’s son David who followed in his dad’s footsteps, training as a cutter and engraver is also working at the House of Waterford Crystal, so lots of words of wisdom and advise are passed on over tea break! At the end of November 2019 Pat will hang up his engraving buzzer for the last time and retire to spend time with his wife Sheila and family to pursue a life of foreign travel and fun.

 

“From time to time I pick up my apprentice bowl and look at the date 1972 and think where all the years went. It seems like a lifetime ago and yet it passed in a blink of an eye, when I look back on all those years working at Waterford Crystal, it afforded my family and I a great livelihood and a great life. I have made so many friends along the way, it has been my pleasure to have personalized so many pieces of Waterford for so many visitors. I have engraved thousands of pieces during my time in the Gallery in Kilbarry and here at the House of Waterford Crystal. Some of these inscriptions were unusual, some wonderful and are in homes all around the world. I have attended amazing events in spectacular locations, meeting wonderful people along my journey. All in all, its been a fantastic 55 years, thanks for the memories”.

On behalf of all of Pat’s work colleagues we wish him many years of health and happiness after 55 years at Waterford.

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