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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

Mount Congreve - Garden County Waterford ireland
Mount Congreve
Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford
Mount Congreve represents gardening on a very grand scale indeed. And in late spring and early summer the 100 acre demesne is surely one of the wonders of the floral world to be ranked alongside sights like the flower carpets of Namaqualand. At t ...
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Golf

Aerial view of Faithlegg House & Golf Course
Faithlegg Golf Club
Waterford, Co. Waterford
Course Type: Parkland
Opened in May 1993, Faithlegg golf course was designed by renowned Irish golf courses architect Paddy Merrigan, the course carries the familiar Merrigan stamp of difficult, undulating greens.  And water heightens the challenge, especially ov ...
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Self Catering

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens - Coach House & Garden Suite - Self Catering
Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens - Coach House & Garden Suite
Campile, Co. Wexford
Mark and Emma Hewlett's peaceful and relaxing late Georgian country house is set in 7 acres of Heritage Gardens, including formal walled gardens. There are two self catering properties on site - The Coach House and The Garden Suite.1). Coach Hous ...
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What's On

Dunhill Farmers Market - County Waterford - Last Sunday each month
Dunhill Farmers Market

Parish Hall, Dunhill, County Waterford

Last Sunday of month: 11.30am - 2pm

All local produce with range of local cheeses and fresh free rang ...
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Tourist Attractions

Dunbrody Famine Ship - New Ross County Wexford Ireland
Dunbrody Famine Ship
New Ross, Co. Wexford
Visitors to New Ross, County Wexford will immediately be drawn to the magnificent sight of the masts and rigging of the historic emigrant ship Dunbrody towering over the quayside. It's a full scale replica of the original ship which was built in ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Dunbrody Country House Hotel
Arthurstown, Co. Wexford
Set in twenty acres of parkland and gardens on the Hook Peninsula, just across the estuary from Waterford city, Catherine and Kevin Dundon’s elegant Georgian manor makes a magnificent venue for a wedding, with well-proportioned public rooms ...
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