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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

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

New Ross Farmers Market - County Wexford - Saturdays
New Ross Farmers Market

The Quay, New Ross, County Wexford

Saturday, 9am - 2pm

Contact: Pat Roche - 087 794 8830 www.wexfordfarmersmarkets.com
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Tourist Attractions

Edmund Rice Heritage Centre - Waterford County Waterford Ireland
Edmund Rice Heritage Centre
Waterford, Co. Waterford
The interactive Heritage Centre tells the story of Edmund Rice who began his educational mission among the poor of Waterford, the history of Ireland and its growth throughout the world.
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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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