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

On Saturday April 21st, the House of Waterford Crystal welcomed former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann to its manufacturing facility and retail store.

During his visit to the House of Waterford Crystal, Didi Hamann was taken on a VIP tour of the manufacturing facility and during the tour he donned a white coat and tried his hand at wedge cutting. “It’s fantastic to see such amazing craftsmanship here in the factory, the pieces that are created are truly works of art” said Hamann following his factory tour.

 

Dietmar Hamann started his career at Bayern Munich in 1993 and went on to play for Newcastle United, Liverpool and Manchester City before finishing his career in 2009. During his career he won Bundesliga, UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League Trophy, FA League Cup, European Super Cup, and was a runner-up in the FIFA World Cup in 2002 with German National Team. Overall, Hamann has played 59 games for the German national team and 268 games in the English Premier League throughout his career.

The House of Waterford Crystal was recently the proud sponsors of the 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Awards. This year’s distinguished honourees were celebrated at the 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon on March 14th 2012 in the New York Yacht Club, Manhattan.

The inductees for 2012 were Chairman of the American Ireland Fund, Loretta Brennan Glucksman; New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; President of Quinnipiac University Dr. John L. Lahey; Chairman, President & CEO of Mutual of America and Chairman of Concern Worldwide US, Thomas Moran; and renowned architect Kevin Roche. Each inductee received a House of Waterford Crystal Hall of Fame award.

 

Founded in 2010, the Irish America Hall of Fame honours the extraordinary achievements of Irish-American leaders, from their significant accomplishments and contributions to American society to the personal commitment to safeguarding their Irish heritage and the betterment of Ireland.

The Irish America Hall of Fame is centrepiece of the Dunbrody Famine Ship's new Emigration History Visitor Centre in New Ross, Co. Wexford. It was developed in collaboration with publishers Niall O’Dowd and Patricia Harty of Irish America Magazine. The exhibition celebrates the lives, works and achievements of noted Irish individuals such as, President John F. Kennedy and the Kennedys, Henry Ford, Donald Keough and President Clinton.

Picture left to right:  David McCoy, Commercial Director House of Waterford Crystal; Dr. John Lahey  President of Quinnipiac University; Niall O’Dowd  Journalist & Author; Sean Reidy CEO of the JFK Trust & Manager Dunbrody Visitor Centre

 

The House of Waterford Crystal welcomed its 250,000th visitor through its manufacturing facility and visitor experience on March 23rd 2012.

To celebrate this milestone, a Shamrock centrepiece was presented to the 250,000th visitor, Ms. Rosemarie Leone, from New Jersey, USA.

The Waterford crystal presentation bowl features an interpretive shamrock design representing the four provinces of Ireland intertwined with the Celtic knot symbol of eternity. Its long and deep horizontal cuts are representative of Waterford’s commitment to high quality workmanship and innovative design. Created especially for the occasion, this new shamrock design will be featured in a new collection from Waterford that will be launched in April of this year.

Located on the Mall in the heart of Waterford City just one hundred yards from the idyllic River Suir, the House of Waterford Crystal brings a visit to Waterford to a whole new level as visitors can witness the creation of crystal stemware, giftware and masterpieces right before their very eyes. Every year The House of Waterford Crystal melts down more than 750,000 tonnes of crystal and they produce more than 45,000 pieces using traditional manufacturing techniques.

David McCoy Commercial Director said, “We are delighted to welcome so many thousands of visitors who have travelled from North America, Australia, Europe, UK and Ireland to our new factory and visitor experience. The new manufacturing facility provides the capability to produce many of our stemware, giftware and sporting trophies.”

                         

Ms. Leone was travelling with the tour group CIE International Tours. CIE Tours are celebrating 80 years of travel excellence, during which they have been providing travellers with the highest quality holidays to Ireland and Britain. CIE Tours set their own high standards for delivering excellent holidays with state-of-the-art luxury coaches, prompt and pleasant customer service, the best hotels and carefully chosen visits and entertainment.

 

A Waterford Bowl of Shamrock was presented to President Obama on behalf of the people of Ireland during annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 20th

The House of Waterford Crystal continues to celebrate its Irish heritage with tradition and dazzling design right through St. Patrick’s Day weekend. In an annual event held at the White House, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny presented President Obama with a bespoke Waterford Crystal bowl filled with shamrock.

Ireland’s ambassador first gifted a bowl of shamrock to Richard Nixon on a St. Patrick’s Day visit to the White House in 1969; however, it was not until Bill Clinton’s tenure that the Taoiseach's gift of friendship became an annual tradition.

“It is an honour for Waterford to have been chosen by the Prime Minister’s office to share in the celebration between these two great counties," said Waterford Design Director, Jim O’Leary. "The Shamrock has long been a loved and recognized emblem of Ireland and are the inspiration for this design, crafted by heart and by hand, at the House of Waterford Crystal.”

                                                                                                                                                       

The footed Waterford crystal presentation bowl features an interpretive shamrock design representing the four provinces of Ireland intertwined with the Celtic knot symbol of eternity. Its long and deep horizontal cuts are representative of Waterford’s commitment to high quality workmanship and innovative design. Created especially for the occasion, the bowl hosts a copper wheel engraved message from the Irish Republic to the United States.  This new shamrock design will be featured in a new collection from Waterford that will be launched in April of this year.

 

 

Waterford Soprano Vanessa Whelan is currently competing in RTÉ’s “The Voice of Ireland” competition. The wonderful Sharon Corr is coaching Vanessa. Vanessa recently visited the House of Waterford Crystal  where she toasted her recent success with Waterford Crystal Champagne flutes.
 
The House of Waterford Crystal wishes Vanessa the best of luck in the rest of the competition. Vanessa will give a performance on the reviewing stand on The Mall, in Waterford at 12.50pm on St. Patrick’s Day.
 
 
Pictured left to right – Tom Brophy, Emily Brophy, Vanessa Whelan, Betty Brophy & David McCoy, Commercial Director House of Waterford
 

Date:                                  Saturday March 10th  2012

 

Performance Time:             7.30pm

 

Ticket Price:                       €50.00 (plus €1 per ticket charge)

 

Bookings:                          http://www.theatreroyal.ie/events/book/celine_byrne_in_the_house_of_waterford_crystal

 

This event takes place in the House of Waterford Crystal - tickets can be collected at the Theatre Royal up to one hour before the event
An enchanting evening at House of Waterford Crystal beginning with a wine and canapé reception where patrons are invited to mingle with guests of the 1848 Tricolour Celebration prior to Celine's performance.  Our guests will include the Governor of Montana (Gov. Brian Schweitzer), Mayor Pat Hayes, Captains of the LE Aoife, and French Naval Vessel ‘Tenace’, members of New York’s Fighting 69th Regiment and members of The Thomas Francis Meagher division of the AOH amongst many others.  It is sure to be a unique and memorable evening. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Dress code: Business Suit / Evening Wear

About Celine

Irish soprano Celine Byrne is making her mark on both the operatic and concert stages throughout the world. Her appearances at major concert venues like Carnegie Hall, the Hermitage Theatre or Tchaikovsky Hall (Russia) have been greeted with great enthusiasm. In the past years, Celine has become familiar to audiences around the globe thanks to her collaboration with world-renowned tenors José Carreras, Roberto Alagna or Joseph Calleja. She has received many awards both on a national and international platform.

 

                                                    

                                               

 

 

On Tuesday 21st February, Mr. Azwindini Jeremaih Ndou, South African Ambassador to Ireland visited Waterford City and the House of Waterford Crystal. During his visit, Ambassador Ndou was taken on a private tour of the manufacturing facility where he was shown up close the traditional crafts of crystal making.

After the factory tour Ambassaror Nodu visited the Retail Store and was presented with a Waterford Crystal vase to commemorate his visit to the House of Waterford Crystal.

 

                                                  

Mr. Azwindini Jeremaih Ndou, South African Ambassador and Dr Abdul Bulbulia, Waterford pictured with Sharon Murphy, Operations Manager and Michael Murphy Master Craftsman during their tour of The House of Waterford Crystal manufacturing facility.

The House of Waterford Crystal hosted an FAI press conference on Friday February 10th, where Ireland Manager Giovanni Trapattoni announced his 24-man squad for the February 29th home friendly against the Czech Republic as he steps up preparations for Euro 2012 in Poland in June.

 

                                      

 

 

During his visit to The House of Waterford Crystal, Trapattoni was taken on a VIP tour of the manufacturing facility, where the Ireland manager was shown up close the craft of blowing and even took the opportunity to blow a piece of crystal himself.

Later on the tour, Trapattoni donned a white coat and tried his hand at wedge cutting. ‘It is heavy’, he remarked after cutting the base of the large vase he was later presented with.

David McCoy, Commercial Director of The House of Waterford Crystal, presented Trapattoni with the stunning Waterford Crystal vase following the press conference, to commemorate his visit to Waterford.

 

                                                                                                              

                                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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