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Niamh Briggs, captain of the Irish Rugby team was presented with a Waterford Crystal Rugby ball to commemorate leading her team to the Women’s Six Nations Championship victory. Captain Briggs, Ireland's goal-kicking full-back, scored their first try of the day on her 50th international cap.

During her visit to the House of Waterford Crystal, Niamh was taken on a VIP tour of the manufacturing facility, where she was shown up close the craft of blowing crystal. Niamh took the opportunity to blow a piece of crystal herself. Later on the tour, Niamh donned a white coat and tried her hand at wedge cutting.

A native of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Niamh has won a number of individual awards, including the Rugby Writers of Ireland and Munster Rugby honours. She was voted scrumqueens.com World Player of the Year for 2013.

'Briggsy', who comes from a sporting family and is a former Waterford Gaelic footballer, works as a Garda in Limerick where she plays for UL Bohemians. Her rugby career started at Dungarvan RFC, aged 21, before she linked up with Clonmel RFC at senior level.

 

For the first time in his career, David Lingmerth is a winner on the PGA Tour. The Swede defeated Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff to win the Memorial on Sunday. The Memorial Tournament is hosted by the greatest player in the game's history, Jack Nicklaus.

Lingmerth was presented with the perceptual Waterford Crystal Memorial Trophy by Nicklaus.

 

Recognised as a Top Performing Attraction as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

 

Waterford, Ireland – May 19th, 2015 – The House of Waterford Crystal today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great l reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at the House of Waterford Crystal and we’d like to thank all of our past visitors who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said David McCoy at the House of Waterford Crystal “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

"TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

Ireland's top international football stars were honoured at the 25th Three FAI International Football Awards, which took place at the RTÉ studios in Dublin on Sunday evening. Each winner received a Waterford Crystal vase in recognition of their award.

 Waterford Native John O’Shea scooped the Senior International Player of the Year Award, while UCD Waves winger Julie-Ann Russell was crowned the women’s Senior International Player of the Year.

 Aiden McGeady's memorable winner against Georgia during the UEFA Euro Qualifier last September was voted the Three International Goal of the Year.

 Derby's Jeff Hendrick captured the Young International Player of the Year, Jack Grealish was crowned the U21 Player of the Year, while Colin Healy was voted the SSE Airtricity League Player of the year.

 Former Republic of Ireland midfielder, Andy Townsend was inducted into the FAI Hall of Fame, while Polish legend Jan Tomaszewski was awarded the International Personality of the Year award. Stephanie Roche shared the special merit award in recognition of her nomination for the prestigious FIFA Puskas Award with the Women’s U19 Squad for their remarkable journey to the semi-finals of the UEFA WU19 Championships in Norway.

 

The Three FAI International Football Award winners are:

Category

Winners

Senior International Player of the Year

John O'Shea (Sunderland AFC)

Senior Women's International Player of the Year

Julie-Ann Russell (UCD Waves)

3 International Goal of the Year

Aiden McGeady (Everton FC)

Young International Player of the Year

Jeff Hendrick (Derby FC)

SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year

Colin Healy (Cork City FC)

Hall of Fame Award

Andy Townsend

International Personality Award

Jan Tomaszewski

Special Merit Award

Stephanie Roche (Houston Dash)

Under 21 International Player of the Year

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa FC)

Under 19 International Player of the Year

Sam Byrne (Everton FC)

Under 19 Women's International Player of the Year

Megan Connolly (College Corinthians)

Under 17 International Player of the Year

Danny Kane (Huddersfield Town)

Under 17 Women's International Player of the Year

Evelyn Daly (Lakewood Athletic FC)

Under 16 International Player of the Year

Conor Masterson (Liverpool FC)

Under 16 Women's International Player of The Year

Jamie Finn (Raheny United)

Under 15 International Player of the Year

Anthony Scully (West Ham United)

Junior International Player of the Year

Darren Dunne (Sheriff YC)

Intermediate Player of the Year

Danny Long (Avondale United)

Football for All International Player of the Year

Aoife McNicoll (Irish Powerchair Football Squad)

FAI School's International Player of the Year

Ryan Manning (Yeats College, Galway)

 

One of Waterford Crystal’s most popular patterns was inspired by Lismore Castle in Waterford.

Originally built in 1185 by King John, Lismore Castle was owned by Sir Walter Raleigh and Richard Boyle, the first Earl of Cork, before it was eventually acquired by the Dukes of Devonshire in 1753, when the daughter and heiress of the 4th Earl of Cork married the 4th Duke of Devonshire, and future prime-minister of Great Britain and Ireland.

The Lismore gardens are arranged over seven acres within the 17th century outer defensive walls of the magnificently architected Castle, which in and of itself was the source of inspiration for Waterford Crystal Designer Miroslav Havel and the inception of his Lismore crystal collection.

  

 

Havel, the Chief of Design at the time was a Czech émigré, a trained glassmaking craftsman at the historic town of Zelezny Brod and a student of the Academy of Art and Industrial Design in Prague

Havel’s observation of the Lismore Castle was the inspiration. Its intricate leaded windows gave him the ideas for the criss-cross design, with the uprights being the turrets on the castle. Lismore crystal has a beautiful simplicity, featuring smooth yet refined wedge cuts supporting the open, elongated ovals, as well as a series of upward flowing wedge cuts. A finger run over the wedges finds no sharp edges, but instead glides softly over the crystal-cut pillows.

Visit the House of Waterford Crystal experience, our production and brand facility.

Tell us your Waterford story and you could win a beautiful Lismore 8” flared vase.

 

Comment on our  Facebook page http://goo.gl/Fpiaw3 or on Twitter http://goo.gl/IRMTT8 #MWS. Winner announced April 24th

 

The House of Waterford Crystal celebrated St Patrick’s Day in style!

Our CEO visited the White House as a guest of An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who presented President Barack Obama with a stunning House of Waterford Crystal bowl, which was designed and hand-crafted especially for the occasion. 

The House of Waterford Crystal was delighted to be selected after the Taoiseach’s office invited artisan craftsmen and crystal companies from around the country to put forward proposals for the historic moment.

 

 

A Waterford Crystal Bowl of Shamrock was presented to President Obama on behalf of the people of Ireland during annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 17th.

The piece designed by Martin Ryan, is beautifully crafted with an intricate cut pattern, shamrock scallops, on a 10 inch footed bowl. The design was inspired by W.B Yeats poem “He Wishes for the Cloth of Heaven”, as part of the 150 year anniversary of W.B. Yeats. Ryan incorporated a curved swag around the top of the bowl, to allow the first five lines of the poem to be incorporated onto the piece.

Master Craftsman Damien O' Regan skills are reflected in the detailed cutting evident in the base of the bowl. The design and cutting create the sparkle that defines a piece of Waterford. The curved swags and shamrock scallops provide a beautiful decorative finish. W.B. Yeats poem is captured in an Edwardian Style engraving type face. The crystal bowl was mouth blown and hand cut at the House of Waterford Crystal factory in Ireland.

 

Following on Tourism Ireland’s lead over the past few years with their “Global Greening” of international locations such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Niagara Falls, the London Eye and the Leaning Tower of Pisa,  the House of Waterford Crystal has turned green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. 
 

Photos: Noel Browne Photography Lighting: Tripwire                             

At a reception in Dublin Castle on Tuesday, 27th January, plaques were presented to 94 winners at the 25th CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence by Vivienne Jupp, Chairman and Brian Stack, Managing Director, CIE Tours International.

The House of Waterford Crystal received an Award of Excellence for consistently exceeding CIE Tours client's expectations. The winners of the Awards of Excellence are chosen from an independent valuation of feedback surveys completed by over 30, 000 CIE Tours International customers. The list includes both category winners as well as those who have received a merit award which is made to those who have achieved over 90% in customer feedback. Over 16,000 visitors from CIE Tours International visited the House of Waterford Crystal's factory tour and retail store in 2014.

Mr. Brian Stack, Managing Director of CIE Tours International said: “Since 1932, CIE Tours has brought in excess of three million visitors to Ireland.2014 was another successful year with revenues up almost 10% on 2013 levels. We booked in the region of 400,000 bed nights across Ireland and our success is due to the excellent service provided by hundreds of service providers around the country."

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