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The eyes of the golfing world will move to Ireland from 19-25 September in 2011 when the best players on the planet prepare for battle at The 2011 Solheim Cup. Killeen Castle in Dunsany, County Meath, will stage the 12th edition of the biannual, transatlantic team match play competition, which pits the top 12 European players against their rivals from the United States.

The Trophy 

Waterford Crystal trophies have long been associated with supreme achievement throughout the world of sport, and especially with the royal ancient game of golf. This seems to me a most appropriate association, in that the skills of the master artisan reflect, in an artistic context, the sublime qualities of the champion golfer - most notably, superb hand-eye coordination, a relentless quest for excellence and the natural extension of individualism via the tools of the trade.  Richly decorated with deeply incised patterns, The Solheim Cup trophy demanded the highest standard of workmanship from masters of three great crafts of glassmaking – blowing, cutting and engraving.

Using a technique originating with the ancient Egyptian civilization, one that has hardly changed since the Middle Ages, the centre panel features a superb intaglio engraving of The Solheim Cup logo, which was designed to incorporate the trophy. And so evolved one of golf's loveliest prizes, born of fire and sand, proudly crafted with loving attention to detail by master artisans, designed to last forever, and now instantly recognizable as the symbol of one of the game's grandest events.

The Cup itself has enjoyed many wonderful moments in its brief lifetime. In addition to being raised high in the air at closing ceremonies by the winning captains of each Solheim Cup event, the Cup has been inspected by airport security personnel prior to trans-Atlantic trips on several occasions. It has flown in the cockpit of the Concorde. In addition, it has been cuddled like a baby in the arms of a hotel general manager who stored it overnight in his safe. The Solheim Cup is quite heavy, weighing more than 20 pounds. Its overall height, including the mahogany base, is 19" inches. The top diameter of the cup is slightly larger than a golf hole - 4" inches - while the base diameter is 8" inches. It is valued at more than $50,000.

A slightly smaller replica of The Solheim Cup has been created by Waterford and permanently resides at the Nicklaus Hall in the Muirfield Village Golf Club clubhouse, Dublin, Ohio. It is in stellar company, displayed along with trophy replicas of the Ryder Cup, the Masters, U.S. Open, PGA Championship, British Open, The Memorial, The Tradition, PGA Senior Championship, USGA Senior Open Championship and the PGA Tournament Players Championship.  

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The House of Waterford Crystal has celebrated its 100,000th visitor, ten months after it opened in June 2010.

On Friday April 15th, Brenda Mayer from New Fairfield , Connecticut in the United States, had just completed a guided tour of the crystal manufacturing, when she learned that she was the 100,000th visitor. Ms. Mayer was traveling with tour manager John Fitzgibbon, on a Collette Vacations coach tour.

Collette Vacations is a global leader of world travel and Escorted Tours. They are a family-owned business, now in its third generation of Sullivan-family ownership. Collette Vacations daily goal is to deliver to all of their travellers the highest quality, best value and exceptional service, every time, everywhere. They strive to create extraordinary vacation experiences on all 7 continents.

To celebrate the occasion, David McCoy Ms. Mayer with a beautiful Waterford Crystal Lismore 14”Statement Vase.  


L-R: John Fitzgibbon, Collette tour manager; Brenda Meyer, Collette passenger; and David McCoy, Commercial Director for Waterford Crystal


Collette passenger is special guest in Waterford, Ireland | Traveling Well  





The House of Waterford Crystal was delighted to host the 1848 Tri-Colour Celebration. The weekend of the 5th and 6th of March saw the inaugural 1848 Tricolour Celebration take place. The green, white and orange flag which would eventually become the national colour of the Republic of Ireland was first flown by Thomas Francis Meagher at the Wolfe Tone Confederate Club, 33 The Mall, Waterford, on 7th March 1848.

The failed Young Ireland Rebellion of that year would lead to Meagher’s transportation to Tasmania, from where he escaped to the United States, going on to raise the Irish Brigade during the Civil War and serving as its Brigadier-General.
The international dimension to Meagher’s life was recognised at the 2011 Celebration, with representatives of France, the United States and Canada present. The 5th March saw a replica of Meagher’s 1782 Club jacket presented to members of the 69th Regiment who had traveled from New York to attend the event. They reciprocated by presenting a replica of the 69th New York’s first color to Waterford. The evening also saw a political cabaret, where an expert panel discussed the impact of flags and emblems on politics and nationhood.
The main event took place on 6th March when a recital by soprano Donna Roche in Christ Church Cathedral was followed by a flag raising ceremony outside The House of Waterford Crystal.
A detachment of the Naval Service Reserve drew up a guard of honour as the Mayor of Waterford Mary Roche addressed the crowd. She was followed by Charles Gautier, the Mayor of Saint Herblain with whom Waterford is twinned, and Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Loyola Hearne (Thomas Francis Meagher’s father had been born in Newfoundland and many Irish settled there in the 19th century). An actor played Meagher for the afternoon and presented the tricolour for the flag raising ceremony, which was followed by the raising of the United States, French and Canadian flags and a rendition of the Irish national anthem. Music during the event was provided by the Barrack Street Band and the Thomas Francis Meagher Fife and Drum Band, and the ceremony concluded with the Waterford Male Voice Choir singing ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic.
The event was a great successand hopefully will continue in future years.