Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city, founded by the Vikings in 914 A.D. It became Ireland’s main seaport. From the 18th century to today, it is famous for its Waterford crystal. A tour of the Waterford Crystal factory and a purchase from the exquisite gift shop is a must on any trip to Ireland.
What better place to stay when visiting Waterford than Waterford Castle, located on a small island just outside the city with a car ferry running every 15 minutes to take you to and from. The hotel staff and management did everything they could to make our stay so very enjoyable, especially Antonio Clemente, Manager on Duty.
The Presidential Suite
The Golf Club
Eamonn O'Donnell, Director of Golf, was very generous and provided us with a complimentary golf cart to take a driving tour of the golf course.
WATERFORD CRYSTAL SHOWROOM AND FACTORY
The Waterford Crystal showroom and factory is located right in the heart of the city.
Our Waterford Crystal memento
After a tour of the factory and visit to the showroom, you can spend the rest of the day visiting historic sites and museums, walking the streets of the town, shopping, and then have a lovely meal at one of the many inviting restaurants.
The Viking Triangle
We met Sean Eagan on our previous trip to Ireland when we visited the Waterford Factory. He was the artist who designed and sculpted the Waterford Crystal concept of the New York City Trade Towers after the 9/11 attack.
When we toured the Waterford Factory we asked for him but were told he had left a few years ago. We were quite disappointed.
Then when we went to the Medieval Museum, miraculously we found him in the visitors’ center working in his studio with a replica of the original New York City Trade Towers crystal as he had given the original crystal to New York City as a gift.
Then Harman had a stroke of genius and asked him if he could make a crystal sculpture of our family crest, that needed to be completed by the next day as we were leaving Waterford for our next destination. He said he could and came through for us with flying colors with an exquisite crystal sculpture that we have in a very special place in our home.