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

On Monday January 23rd, singer Ronan Tynan visited the House of Waterford Crystal. Ronan was a member of the Irish Tenors until he left to pursue his solo career in May 2004.


Ronan Tynan’s life story is well known to everyone, his triumph as a sportsman, his medical degree, his post 9/11 support of New York City’s Police & Firemen and his singing God Bless America at the Yankee games.




Leaving Cert pupils Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly - both 17 and from Synge Street CBS in Dublin 8 - took home the top prize for their study to help monitor satellites orbiting the earth more accurately.


They fought off competition from over 500 other projects to walk away with a cheque for 5-thousand euro, tickets to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Waterford Crystal BT Perpetual trophy, - AND the opportunity to represent Ireland at the European Union Young Scientist competition in Bratislava in September.



Demi Lovato kisses her Waterford Crystal trophy backstage at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Wednesday (January 11th) in Los Angeles.


The 19-year-old entertainer beat out Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna and was named Favorite Pop Artist!


“Thank you guys so much. This award is amazing. The nominees that I was up against are people that I look up to and aspire to be one day, and I won this award because of my fans, so I dedicate this to you guys. I love you guys so much,” she said.








The Coaches’ Trophy presented by Dr Pepper, which was awarded to Alabama on Monday night January 9th, as the 2011 national college football champions, will be on display this weekend at three locations in Alabama. Fans will be able to have a free on-line photo taken with the actual Waterford Crystal football trophy won by the Crimson Tide at the Allstate BCS Championship




*    The ball that sits atop The Coaches’ Trophy is designed and manufactured by Waterford Crystal in Ireland. The trophy is valued at $30,000 and takes three months to produce.


 *   The Coaches’ Trophy is 34 inches tall and weighs 45 pounds. The ball alone weighs approximately eight pounds.


 *   Every year, a new Waterford Crystal trophy is made. Each winning school keeps The Coaches’ Trophy for permanent display on campus.


 *   Created in 1986, this is the 26th year the American Football Coaches Association has awarded the trophy to the national champion.



The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards takes place tonight, January 11, 2012.


The People's Choice Awards recognizes the people and work of popular culture in movies, television, and music. The show has been on air since 1975 and the general public votes for the winners.


40 million votes were cast to pick new categories and determine the nominees for the annual awards show that celebrates fan favourites in movies, music and television. Waterford Crystal, the official designer and manufacturer of the People’s Choice Awards trophies, creates the one-of-a-kind custom award.


This year is sure to be a great one and many of your favourite stars will be in attendance including, Robert Pattison, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Ewan McGregor, Emma Stone, Jason Segal, Ellen Degeneres, Morgan Freeman, Joe Jonas, Zachary Levi, Adam Levine, Sharon Osbourne, and many more.


It was Lady Gaga to receive the honour of being selected to the annual ball dropping ceremony in the New Year in Times Square. Lady Gaga and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg were dropping the ball in New York City in the New Year’s Eve on Saturday night, December 31, 2011. The popular singer was counting down the final seconds to the New Year 2012, ready to drop the Waterford Crystal ball comprised of 22,000 LED lights in the very beginning of the year 2012 in front of thousands people and Little Monsters. The Waterford Crystal ball has dimension of 12 feet in diameter that weighs 11,875 pounds.


Before the ball dropping, Lady Gaga performed songs on the artistic stage. Besides joining Mayor Bloomberg, Lady Gaga also took the stage to give performance for the people lining the NYC streets and millions of viewers watching the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show hosted by Ryan Seacrest at home.


Other artists who performed on the stage are Justin Bieber, Florence and The Machine, LMFAO, Pitbull, and The Band Perry.


To welcome in 2012, the kooky singer put on a stellar show right in front of the more than one million revellers gathered in Times Square in New York. Lady Gaga was seen plenty of effort into her performance since she didn’t disappoint her fans.


Lady Gaga, before push the button to drop the Waterford Crystal ball, kissed the ball attached to the button. When the countdown time is being activated, the 25-year-old singer was on hand to help New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to activate the New Year’s Eve ball drop.


Just after the Waterford Crystal ball is dropped, Lady Gaga was seen kissing the Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to celebrate the arrival of New Year                                                                                                                                                                                                             









William Clay Ford Jr, the great grandson of Henry Ford was presented with the House of Waterford Crystal Cliffs of Moher vase on Thursday at Irish America magazine’s 26th Annual Business 100 Awards Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in New York. He was also inducted into the magazine’s Irish America Hall of Fame.


He proudly remembered how Henry Ford had insisted that the company open up an automobile factory in his ancestral town of Cork in 1917 despite opposition from his board. As a result the Ford Company in Ireland was known as Henry Ford and Sons, not the Ford Motor Company.


At its height it employed 8,000 Irish workers and closed in 1985. At the luncheon, the Ford scion was also presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage, a new initiative by the Irish government to acknowledge those who are not eligible for Irish citizenship but who are proud of their Irish roots, by Consul General Noel Kilkenny.


Ford, is the current Chairman of the Ford Company and great-grandson of Henry Ford the founder of the Ford Motor Company.


The Irish America Magazine’s annual Business 100 event, honours the best and the brightest Irish-Americans of the corporate world. The honourees represent a wide range of the most influential and innovative companies, including twenty-seven of the 2011 Fortune 500. Three of the honourees are among Forbes magazine’s 2011 Most Powerful Women in the World.

Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Belfast have one, and now Waterford can be added to that list. The 30th June 2012 sees Waterford host the first ever marathon in the South East region. In keeping with the city’s great Viking history the Marathon will be named Waterford Viking Marathon (WVM). Organisers estimate it will attract over 1000 + runners bringing a welcome boost to retailers and accommodation providers in the city.


Speaking at the launch in Waterford Crystal on Saturday last Chairman of WVM Des Whelan said “This is a unique and first off event for Waterford city and one which we hope will grow in the years ahead. It’s a great opportunity for people to embrace a healthy lifestyle whilst also supporting charities of their choice; we in WLR FM are delighted to get behind this event. As title sponsor our involvement will make it possible to promote this great sporting event to our listening audience both city & county and we certainly share the vision and aim of the organisers to grow this marathon year on year” he went on to express his heartfelt thanks to everyone involved and to acknowledge the main sponsors who have come on board; Waterford City Council, Failte Ireland, Waterford Crystal and Lucozade. The event which starts on the Mall and takes in the streets of Waterford city before heading to Tramore and finishing in the Regional Sports Centre in the city is sure to attract participants from all over the country.


Outlining the Route Des also stated that this full Marathon which is 26 miles will also have a half Marathon and relay option so a good incentive for people of all levels of fitness to get involved. The Marathon has two designated Charities for 2012, Waterford Alzheimer’s society and Waterford Hospice. Excess funds from the running of the event will be donated to both.

Also speaking at the official launch Mayor of Waterford Clr Pat Hayes said “ This is a first for Waterford and following on from the city’s other tourist initiatives, this marathon will help to promote our wonderful Viking city both regionally and nationally and keep Waterford firmly positioned at the forefront”.

Concluding John Tracy, Chief Executive of Irish Sports Council of Ireland complimented the organisers and assured them of his continued support. “It is fantastic that the South East now has its own marathon and one I am sure that will grow in numbers year on year” he encouraged all runners to “ put on your running shoes and take part in what promises to be a most challenging and worthwhile event”