The latest news from the House of Waterford Crystal....
Riverdance and Lord of the Dance superstar Michael Flatley received a lifetime achievement award from Irish America magazine December 3 at the 30th annual Business 100 Awards Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. Flatley, who is also a Golden Gloves-winning boxer and world-class flutist, received the award for his contributions to Irish dance, music, and cultural diplomacy.
Irish America co-founder and editor-in-chief Patricia Harty presented Flatley with the Lifetime Achievement Award, a House of Waterford Crystal Cliffs of Moher Vase.
Kevin Kilbane visited the House of Waterford Crystal. He was taken on a VIP factory tour, where he took the opportunity to try the crafts of blowing and cutting.
Kilbane won 110 caps for the Republic of Ireland and played for several English clubs, including Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Wigan Athletic, Huddersfield Town and Derby County (the last two on loan from Hull City) and Coventry City.
The Aer Lingus College Football Classic 2016 was one of the main features at the ACC Kick-off event in Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina as the specially designed Waterford Crystal trophy was unveiled.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson and Boston College head coach Steve Addazio hold the College Football Classic trophy alongside ACC Commissioner John Swofford and Padraic O'Kane during the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff in Pinehurst, N.C.Photo by: Sara D. Davis, theACC.com
The Aer Lingus College Football Classic, which will take place in the Aviva Stadium on Sept 3 2016, will be the opening game of the college season, which will have a live TV audience in excess of 1.4 million United States viewers on ESPN. With just under 14 months until the big game, Boston College’s Coach Steve Addazio was asked yesterday what his thoughts were about the upcoming game.
He said “We're excited about the opportunity to go to Dublin, play in Ireland. We're going to have the chance to go to a different country, be exposed to a different culture. Going to Dublin to play a football game against Georgia Tech, for our players to experience this, I think is an unbelievable growth opportunity and an experience they'll have for the rest of their lives. We're fired up about it. “It's a long way away but time moves so quick. Next year I'll be standing right here talking about that game which will be a matter of weeks away.
It is certainly going to be a great opportunity for BC, Georgia Tech and the ACC.” Boston College Head Coach Steve Addazio, Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson, the ACC Commissioner John Swofford and Padraic O’ Kane CEO of Corporate.ie, the joint promoters of the game, were all on hand to show off the hand-crafted piece. The trophy, which was designed and hand crafted at the Waterford Crystal factory, is a crystal replica of an American football helmet.
This crystal trophy was designed by Billy Briggs, who captured the true classic shape of the American football helmet. The piece was mouth blown and hand cut using traditional manufacturing techniques. The diamond cutting across the surface of the helmet allows the light to catch it, in order to create the magical sparkle, associated with Waterford Crystal.
The Aer Lingus College Football Classic 2016 game is being organised by a new entity called Irish American Events Ltd which is a joint venture between Corporate.ie and Anthony Travel who have been involved in the recent college football games in Ireland.
For more visit www.collegefootballireland.com.
The House of Waterford Crystal was delighted to welcome Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman to its brand experience. Charles along with his wife Jackie took the guided tour of the Waterford Crystal factory, where they saw up close the age-old crafts of blowing, cutting & engraving.
After the tour Charles had his picture taken with members of the Waterford team, with our Waterford Crystal American Football. Charles also had a pair of Waterford tumblers personalised in store by Master Craftsman Pat Boyce.
Charles "Peanut" Tillman is an American football cornerback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played 12 years for the Bears, helping them reach Super Bowl XLI.
The House of Waterford Crystal is delighted to announce their partnership with Hertz Car Rental and Good Food Ireland.
A new car map and guide has been included in all Hertz car rentals, departing from their key locations in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, and Wexford & Limerick.
The guide provides colour images and details of the fantastic Waterford Crystal Factory Tour and Brand Experience .The map provides information and images on some of the key attractions in Waterford’s Viking Triangle, including Waterford Crystal Factory Tour & Brand Experience, Bishops Palace, Medieval Museum and the City Epic Tour!
The map provides a nation wide guide to the best local food, including everything from B&B’s to 5 star hotels to restaurants, pubs, cafes, cookery schools, food shops and food producers, every type of place a food lover from home or abroad would wish to experience.
David McCoy Sales & Marketing Director HoWC “This provides Waterford with a great opportunity to attract and promote the city to many thousands of international visitors who use Hertz as their car rental provider. We look forward to welcoming many additional visitors to our city, factory and brand experience”.
Hertz, the #1 car rental company in Ireland are delighted to come together in partnership with Waterford Crystal and Good Food Ireland, brands synonymous with quality.
Eammon Roche Hertz Corporate Sales Executive “With our historic links in the South East we see the value of all that is now available to engage the visitor and enhance their experience whilst visiting Ireland and driving tourism into the South East. The House of Waterford Crystal and the Good Food Ireland destinations are truly part of that experience and a must see on the tourist map of Ireland.”
Margaret Jeffares, Founder of Good Food Ireland,” Good Food Ireland is “for everyone who simply loves good food” and amongst our approved members you will experience a whole cross section of places, all with one common theme at the core “good local food. This is the only all island brand standard for Irish food experience and the map provides a national wide guide to the best in Irish Food Experience.