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

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:

 http://www.independent.ie/national-news/two-years-on-local-icon-has-picked-up-the-pieces-and-is-gleaming-again-2811555.html 

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. 

 

              

                                                                                                                                                                 

 

NBC Great Getaways combines the stunning visual imagery and vast reach of television with the access and interactivity of the Internet to create a travel program of unrivalled usefulness.

NBC Great Getaways, Ireland developed and produced a 30-minute video postcard consisting of four segments. It follows the Mulligan family around Ireland, starting in Dublin for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, as they circumnavigate the entire country. As part of their Getaway, they visit the House of Waterford Crystal, kiss the Blarney stone, visit the cliffs of Moher, and learn from a  Brewmaster how to pour - and drink - the perfect pint of Guinness.

Travelling around Ireland with CIE Tours, Dave Mulligan and his family visited the House of Waterford Crystal, where they took a guided tour of the manufacturing facility and Retail Store. 

Great Getaways Ireland will air across the U.S. on NBC Non-stop Stations

Great Getaways, Ireland 30-minute show will air during PRIME time a minimum of 5 times on each of the following NBC Non-stop Stations:

-         Chicago

-         Dallas-Ft. Worth

-         Washington D.C.

-         Los Angeles

-         Miami

-         New York

-         Philadelphia

-         San Francisco

-         San Diego

Visit the link below, to view the segment on the House of Waterford Crystal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7lewNXLiS0

Waterford is gearing up to host the start of The Tall Ships Races 2011 and Ireland’s biggest quayside party. To celebrate, The Irish Times has teamed up with Waterford Crystal to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two trainee places aboard one of the magnificent Tall Ships!

The trainee programme is open to those between the ages of 16 and 25, and the winners will leave Waterford on Saturday 2nd July as part of the Race crew for the first leg of the race, sailing around the coast of Ireland and to Greenock in Scotland on board the Eendracht, before being transported home on Monday 11th July.

 During your visit, be sure to visit the House of Waterford Crystal to view the specially designed suite of commemorative Tall Ships Race products and join one of the factory tours where you can witness the fascinating production process at Waterford Crystal, watching the glass blowers, cutters, engravers and sculptors at their work.

 For a chance to win this once in a lifetime experience aboard one of the Tall Ships, enter your details on the link below:

http://comms.irishtimes.com/waterford-tallships/competition/.ashx

On May 5th, Jim Deegan & his colleagues from Railtours Ireland visited the House of Waterford Crystal. This visit was to highlight the Railtours itinerary that includes a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal Retail Store and Factory. 

 

Railtours Ireland, in association with Iarnród Éireann, offers visitors to Dublin the chance to see a great portion of Ireland that they would not ordinarily be able to experience comfortably in one or more days. Visitors can sit back and relax as their train glides through the heart  Ireland.                                                                                                             

“Railtours Ireland - Touring Ireland without having to drive! Car free - Care free!” 

www.railtoursireland.com/train-tour/By-rail-to-the-South-East-of-Ireland/dC01/

 

Failte Ireland was approached by the Department of Foreign Affairs to select four or five tourism experiences in Ireland  to be ambassadors for Irish tourism and their own products, at a press reception for media who were in Ireland covering the Queen’s visit.  Media from the globe attended the event including The Guardian, The Boston Globe, BBC News, ITV, France 24 and also media agencies the Press Association and Reuters. The event was an evening of Irish entertainment, music and performance and Irish food that was organised by Failte Ireland.

The House of Waterford Crystal was invited by Failte Ireland to demonstrate the art of cutting to promote the House of Waterford Crystal. The event took place in the National Gallery on May 17th.  Pat Boyce, Master Craftsman from the House of Waterford Crystal demonstrated his skills at the cutting wheel. 

 

Pictured at the event are David McCoy (Commercial Director, Waterford Crystal), Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Pat Boyce (Master Craftsman, Waterford Crystal)  

 

At a State Dinner, held on Thursday May 19th in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth by President McAleese at Dublin Castle. The Queen shared her delight at the simple sound being made by her Waterford Crystal wine glass as she proposed a toast to the President and the Irish people.

As the Queen offered her toast, President McAleese remarked simply: “Thank you so much” – to which Her Majesty replied: “I like this clinking glass.”

 

The glasses belonged to one of four sets of State Waterford Crystal which feature the Irish harp. The Waterford Crystal glassware sets are kept in Dublin Castle, Áras an Uachtaráin, Government Buildings and Farmleigh. The sets include Waterford Crystal Champagne flutes, whiskey tumblers, sherry glasses and many others pieces from the Waterford Collection.

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