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Waterford, Co. Waterford

Waterford (Old Norse: Vedrarfjord meaning "windy fjord" or "haven from the wind-swept sea"; in Irish: Port Láirge) is the primary city of the South East region, and the fifth largest in the country. Founded in 914 AD, by the Vikings, it is Ireland's oldest city.

Waterford is the largest city in Ireland to retain its Viking-derived name, Vedrarfjord. Reginald's Tower, named after the city's founder, Regnall, is the oldest urban civic building in Ireland, and the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. It is to this day Waterford's most recognisable landmark.

The River Suir flows through Waterford city and has provided the basis for Waterford's long maritime history. Waterford Port has been one of Ireland's major ports for over a millennium. In the 19th century shipbuilding was a major industry in the city.

Today, Waterford is synonymous with Waterford Crystal the world over, a legacy of one of the city's most successful and enduring industries, glass making. Glass, or crystal, has been manufactured in the city since 1783.

As with most cities there are various cultural attractions in Waterford including galleries, theatre, festivals, museums and other events throughout the year.

Gardens

Fairbrook House Gardens, Kilmeaden County Waterford
Fairbrook House Gardens & Museum of Contemporary Figurative Art
Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford
The water power of the River Dawn is the key to Fairbrook’s history, first as a flour mill dating back to 1776 and, from 1846 to 1929, as a woollen mill. When Dutch artists Clary Mastenbroek and her late husband Wout Muller moved there only ...
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Golf

Tramore Golf Club - Tramore County Waterford Ireland
Tramore Golf Club
Tramore, Co. Waterford
Course Type: Parkland
This beautiful, exciting and challenging championship golf course features 27 holes providing a test for the low handicapper whilst also being enjoyable for the middle to high handicapper.  At just under 6,700 yards off the tips, Tramore i ...
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Self Catering

Waterford Castle Hotel - Waterford County Waterford Ireland - Self Catering
Waterford Castle Lodges
Waterford, Co. Waterford
Castle Gardens’ architects and interior designers have pooled cutting edge design, technology and glamour to achieve something very desirable indeed. These 3 bedroom semi detached lodges are set on the beautiful island of Waterford Cast ...
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What's On

Carrick on Suir Farmers Market - County Tipperary - Fridays
Carrick on Suir Farmers Market

Heritage Centre, Main Street, Carrick on Suir, County Tipperary

Friday 10am-2pm

The very best quality foods including organic burgers ...
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Tourist Attractions

Tintern Abbey - New Ross County Wexford Ireland
Tintern Abbey
New Ross, Co. Wexford
Tintern Abbey is a Cistercian abbey, founded c. 1200 by William, Earl of Pembroke as the result of a vow he had made when his boat was caught in a storm nearby and named after Tintern in Wales. It was partly converted into living quarters aft ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Ballyduff House
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Set in fine rolling countryside in its own farmland and grounds, Breda Thomas’s lovely 18th century house overlooking the River Nore is blessed with an utterly restful location. Ballyduff House offers exceptionally spacious and comfortable ...
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