Waterford Crystal Returns

Good news, a brand new home for Waterford Crystal is scheduled to open on June 1st 2010 on a 1.5 acre site in the heart of Waterford City. This is a fantastic location set back just 100 yards or so from the city’s main quay, and bordering the city’s Viking Triangle area, about which there is more later in this Ezine.

The new manufacturing facility will include highly skilled local craftsmen and will produce 40,000 crystal pieces per year using traditional methods. The House of Waterford range that will be produced will include trophies for prestigious sporting events, bowls and vases from the museum, heritage and designer collections, and also the special order stemware collection.

The Visitor Retail Experience will open on the 1st June 2010 over 7 days. Admission to the Visitor Retail Experience is complimentary and will include the following: the largest display of Waterford Crystal in the world, Retail Store, Exhibition and Crystal Installation areas, coffee shop, worldwide shipping facility, and adjacent car parking.

The factory tour for coach groups and itineraries will commence on the 15th June 2010, these guided tours will operate 7 days and will include the following traditional production areas: Wooden mould making, Crystal Blowing and Furnace, Quality Inspection & Finishing, Crystal Cutting, Crystal Sculpting & Engraving, Chandelier Assembly, and Design Inspiration.

CLICK HERE for the Waterford Crystal website.

And the good news for Waterford gets even better. This week the new Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin, announced a significant investmetn of almost €9 million towards the development of museums and other attractions in the centre of Waterford City in an area known as the Viking Triangle.

The Viking Triangle, the name given to the area of Waterford first settled by the Vikings in 914 AD, contains within its three sides the oldest parts of the city itself. Within the Viking Triangle are 1,000 years of Irish urban heritage.

Many monuments still adorn the old city, which testify to its wealth as a medieval port and to the success of the city during the eighteenth century. The Viking Triangle extends along a 500 metre length and has at its apex Reginalds Tower, the only monument in Ireland named in honour of a Viking.

It’s terrific to see such positive developments and it augers well for a bright tourism future for Waterford and the South East.

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March 30th 2010

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