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

On September 25th, the New York Yankees honoured Mariano Rivera for his all-time saves record before the first game of Sunday's day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox.


Rivera surpassed Trevor Hoffman for the most saves in baseball history on Monday against the Rays, and in recognition, the Yankees commissioned a Waterford Crystal fireman's helmet bearing the record-setting No. 602 as well as an image of Rivera. The crystal helmet was handcrafted at the House of Waterford Crystals Manufacturing Facility on the Mall in Waterford, with copper-wheel engraving.




Team-mate Jorge Posada first presented Rivera with a Fire Department of New York helmet bearing No. 602, then helped unveil a framed, matted collage that features 15 of Rivera's Topps baseball cards and the title "Best Ever."


In addition, Steiner Sports presented Rivera with a "602nd Save Timeline Collage" and a check for $25,000, made out to the Mariano Rivera Foundation and earmarked to help with the restoration of the North Avenue Church in New Rochelle, N.Y.


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Waterford Crystal are pleased to announce that visitors to the Waterford Crystal Mixology Bar will be treated to a selection of specially created cocktails by Master Mixologist Paul Lambert in Brown Thomas Dublin. Paul will make cocktails named after the iconic ranges of Waterford Crystals stylish glassware; the Clarendontini; the Lismoretini and the Lume Fizz.


                                    You are invited to celebrate crystal and cocktails in style at the Waterford Crystal Mixology bar:


                                                                                                      Level 3
                                                                                           Brown Thomas Dublin

                                                                                Thursday 8th September - 6.30,7.30,8.30                          
                                                                              Saturday 10th September - 12.30,1.30,2.30
                                                                               Sunday 11th September - 12.30,1.30,2.30


Clarendontini - Serve in a Clarendon Ruby Martini glass
1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz. triple sec
3/4 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. fresh lime juice

Method: Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir or shake well. Strain and pour the ingredients into a Waterford Crystal Clarendon Ruby Martini glass. Garnish with a lime rind.


Lismortetini - Serve in a Lismore Saucer Champagne glass
20mls raspberry vodka
40mls pineapple juice
4 raspberries

Method: Muddle raspberries in the bottom of the shaker, add pineapple juice
and vodka. Shake well and strain into coupette. Serve in a Waterford Crystal Lismore Saucer Champagne glass .Top with chilled champagne.


Lume Fizz - Serve in a Lume Flute glass
40mls Bombay Sapphire gin
20mls fresh lemon juice
15mls Blue Curacao syrup

Method: Pour the gin, lemon and syrup into the champagne flute. Top with
chilled champagne. Serve in a Waterford Crystal John Rocha Lume Flute glass. Garnish with a lemon zest.

2011 has been a highly successful year for the House of Waterford Crystal. Since January this year 100,000 visitors have come to see the new Waterford Crystal factory, retail and exhibition areas. The manufacturing facility melts two tons of crystal per day and produces over 45,000 units per year. The retail and exhibition area houses the largest display of Waterford Crystal in the world.


Alan Mooney, Allison Collier and their daughter Eleanor who were visiting the House of Waterford Crystal from Co. Louth were elated when they discovered that they were the 100,000th visitor in 2011. Alan, Allison and Eleanor took a VIP guided tour of the manufacturing facility and were presented with a pair of Waterford Crystal Champagne Flutes to mark the special occasion.


The renowned Travel Classics Writers' conference took place in Dublin on the 23rd to 26th of June. This was the 18th consecutive year of the conference, regarded by many as the world's foremost networking event for travel writers and editors. The House of Waterford Crystal was a gold sponsor of the event. Over the four days, Master craftsman Pat Boyce presented four cutting demonstrations to 60 editors & journalists. The House of Waterford crystal also displayed the Solheim Trophy and some of its Prestige pieces including a sculpted violin and an eagle in flight.


The Travel Classics Writers' Conference, hosted by Tourism Ireland, will bring vast exposure of all that Ireland has to offer for holidaymakers in our second largest tourism market. The conference, took place at the Conrad Hotel, and brought together celebrated editors from a wide range of high profile magazines including National Geographic Traveller, Travel and Leisure, Saveur, Islands magazine, AARP and Forbes Life, all of which reach hundreds of thousands of readers across North America as well as globally.


The keynote speaker at the conference was Pauline Frommer, of the famed Frommer travel guidebooks. Ireland was voted 'favourite holiday destination' for 2011 by readers of Frommer's guidebooks, beating Paris which came in second place.

York's Simon Dyson became the fourth English winner to claim the Irish Open title – one of the oldest championships on the PGA European Tour – and earned a right to have his name etched alongside such legendary players as Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Colin Montgomerie et al.

Dyson received the Waterford Crystal winner's trophy from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. With the victory, Dyson qualified for next week's World Golf Championship in Akron, Ohio.

Over 85,000 people attended the Discover Ireland Irish Open at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club from 28th July to 31st July.


Waterford Crystal, one of the leading global brands in premium crystal, is announced as an Official Sponsor of the 2011 Irish Open, to be played at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Co. Kerry, from July 28-31. An iconic Irish brand, with strong connections to the game of golf over many decades, producing numerous trophies for top class tournaments around the world, Waterford Crystal are set to put their unique stamp on Ireland’s national Open.

As well as joining the family of event sponsors, a new bespoke Irish Open trophy has been commissioned and will be presented to the player who succeeds 2010 winner England’s Ross Fisher as the champion on Sunday July 31. Additionally, Waterford Crystal will provide the prizes for one of the highlights of the week, the pre-tournament Pro-Am competition, while the glittering new trophy and a selection of Waterford Crystal’s superb range of products will be on display in the Tented Village at Killarney.

Gerry O’Keeffe, Waterford Crystal Sports Manager, said: “Waterford Crystal have a long tradition of providing hand crafted trophies to major sporting events around the world, including tennis, Formula 1, sailing and especially golf.  We are, therefore, particularly delighted to continue our relationship with The Irish Open and the European Tour.”

James Finnigan, Commercial Director of The Irish Open for The European Tour, said: “The European Tour has enjoyed a close association with Waterford Crystal over many years, and we are delighted to welcome an iconic and recognisable Irish company supporting the Irish Open.”

The Irish Independents leading journalist Ralph Riegel, originally from Tramore in County Waterford took the opportunity to see first-hand the new Waterford Crystal factory and crystal replica of the Skuldelev Viking Longboat.

The unique crystal longboat, which took over 300 hours to complete was custom built by Master Sculptor Michael Murphy to coincide with The Tall Ships event in Waterford city, that took place over the weekend of the 30th June to 3rd July.


Ralph wrote the following article in Irelands number one broadsheet newspaper, the Irish Independent: 

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar TD visited the House of Waterford Crystal on June 22nd. His visit coincided with the opening of the Bishops Place in the Viking Triangle at the Mall in Waterford.

As part of this visit Mr. Varadkar received a guided tour of the manufacturing facility and visitor experience. The Minister took the opportunity to work with the Waterford Crystal manufacturing team in both the blowing and cutting departments of the factory.

The Minister spoke highly of the new Waterford Crystal factory and visitor experience, and its strategic importance in the development of our export and tourism business within the region.