The latest news from the House of Waterford Crystal....

The House of Waterford Crystal were the proud sponsors of the Good Food Ireland Awards 2012. The Awards, now it their 5th year, celebrate the excellence in food experience and reward businesses for their outstanding commitment to providing an unmatched level of service to their customers.

Over 300 guests including hoteliers, restaurateurs and artisan food producers were in attendance for the Awards, which are now a firm fixture in the food and travel awards calendar. RTÉ’s Mary Kennedy hosted the Awards Ceremony, which was also attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Speaking at the Awards, Mr. Kenny said, "I am delighted to congratulate the winners of Good Food Ireland Awards 2012. Each winner showcases the unique taste and flavour of indigenous Irish foods, which is delivered with consistently high quality and our traditionally warm and friendly service to customers.”

This year’s Good Food Ireland Supreme Award went to Aniar Restaurant Galway, the newest recipient of a Michelin Star and the only Star in the West. The winners were proudly presented with the Certificate of Excellence and the magnificent Waterford Crystal piece as the main prize.

The design team at the House of Waterford Crystal have created an amazing hand-made crystal chess set.

The creation of the piece took over three months of difficult and intricate work and features the 22x22 inches crystal board. The board is cut from a solid slab of crystal and divided into individual squares, by means of wedge cutting to resemble the outlay of the chess board.

The chess board pieces themselves are sculpted out of billets of crystal and are individually designed. To differentiate between one set and the other, the tops of the figures on each side are sculpted using different techniques. Clear crystal is used to highlight the black pieces and frosted, satin-white crystal is used to depict the white pieces.

The crystal set is bordered by 2 inches of diamond cutting, separating it from the mahogany casing, which consists of three parts and is topped by the handcrafted American white oak lid. The lid is stained black to show the grain in the wood and features the House of Waterford Crystal logo, burned in and filled with silver.

The House of Waterford Crystal would like to announce that our inaugural “Waterford Crystal Moment” photographic competition has come to an end. Throughout the course of the competition we have received some truly wonderful images and great response. We would like to thank all of our participants for their effort and creativity that they displayed. The team at the House of Waterford Crystal thoroughly enjoyed your company!

The variety and the quality of works that we received was absolutely amazing, and we had a tough time selecting the five lucky winners. After some lengthy discussions, the jury finally made their choice. These are the names of the most creative and passionate Waterford Crystal lovers that we thought had stood out: Wendy Taylor, Rose Stripe, Sandra Roberts, Delphine Pechou, and Ralph Dicks!

To celebrate this marvellous feat, the House of Waterford Crystal will present each of the winners with the beautiful Lismore Diamond Decanter! All of the entries will also be kept right where they belong – proudly on display in our gallery section. Congratulations to all of you!

The staff at the House of Waterford Crystal would like to thank you all for joining us for this great event and we hope to see you back soon!

 

The ultimate fashion event of the year takes place on the eve of the Winterval Festival on Thursday 29th November 2012 at 7.30pm.

The Winterval Style Event will be the highlight of the fashion calendar in the luxurious surroundings of the House Of Waterford Crystal

 

Champagne Reception

Goody Bags

 

In aid of the Hospice

Tickets €35 are now available from participating stores

Models by Prima Model Agency * Hair by HYPE * Make-up & Beauty by Mulligans Pharmacy

 

On Saturday, 3rd of November, the Retail Excellence Awards ceremony took place in Radisson Blu hotel in Galway. The ceremony featured the top thirty of the most outstanding Irish stores, which made it to the final through the stiff competition of over six hundred shops.

The House of Waterford Crystal was nominated for this prestigious award, after the panel of independent observers recognized it for its outstanding customer service and overall excellence.

The Awards, which were hosted by TV and Radio personalities, Karen Koster and Anton Savage, were attended by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, who presented the awards.

Speaking at the event, the President acknowledged, “Award ceremonies like this, give me great faith in the ability of our country to rise above current adversities and create new realities. The talents of our people combined with our strong sense of community spirit, inclusiveness and partnership are key strengths which will serve us well in delivering on the limitless possibilities that the Irish people are capable of achieving”.

The National Retail Store of the Year award went to The Food Store situated in Claremorris, County Mayo.

The event proved to be a sell-out and was attended by more than 500 representatives of the retail industry in Ireland. The Retail Excellence Awards are the biggest event in the Irish retail industry.

On Tuesday October 23rd, the House of Waterford Crystal welcomed two Shaolin monks to its manufacturing facility and retail store. During their visit to the House of Waterford Crystal, they were taken on a VIP tour of the manufacturing facility and during the tour donned a white coat and tried their hand at wedge cutting.

 

They have travelled from a Shaolin Temple located in Henan Province, China, having trained all their lives to be Shaolin Masters. The Shaolin are famous for teaching Martial Arts, Meditation and Buddhism as a way of life, improving health and well-being and concentrating on finding balance in life. The history of the Shaolin Temple stretches over 2,000 years

The Shaolin are currently resident at Monart from September to December 2012, where visitors can see one of the world’s oldest cultures in action and learn the great skills of life which Master Zheng can teach.

On October 10th, the “Titanic Ladies” group paid a very welcome visit to the House of Waterford Crystal’s award-winning retail store. The group were travelling to Wexford to take part in a fashion show with Anne Doyle of RTE. They passed through the Waterford City and decided to make a stop at the House of Waterford Crystal to admire the world-famous crystal and learn about the biggest landmark of the Ireland’s oldest city.

The guests were given a tour of the retail store, learned about the history of the Waterford Crystal, and posed for a group picture for the staff to remember them by.

The ladies are part of the Cobh Animation Team, a group that was conceived during the Titanic Commemorative week, greet visitors from the cruise liners, pose for photos and chat to the visitors from around the globe.

House of Waterford Crystal were the proud sponsors at the 2012 B&B Ireland Awards. The prestigious awards were held in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin on the 28th September. The event featured Monica Brennan, Yvonne Roe, Olive McCauley and Catherine O'Sullivan as the regional award winners. Each of them was presented with a magnificent Waterford Crystal Starburst Vase for their achievements in the Irish hospitality sector. Olive McCauley was singled out for her outstanding commitment towards the excellence in the customer service and her dedication to the hospitality sector, and was recognized as an overall winner.

 

Established in 2008, B&B Ireland Awards programme is one of the highest honours in the hospitality sector, celebrating excellence and outstanding customer service in the Irish B&B industry.

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