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Waterford

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  • Day22

    Crystal and Vikings

    September 25 in Ireland

    I hadn’t realised before I got here that Waterford was founded by Vikings and that Waterford was once the third largest port in Europe.

    I started the day at the virtual reality experience “King of the Vikings”. Unfortunately they had miscalculated the numbers and had one two many so as the single person I was asked to leave. I was quite happy to as it ran every half an hour. For being willing to give up my spot I was given complimentary passes to the two museums in Waterford.

    I rebooked and then went to the House of Waterford - where Waterford Crystal is made. That tour was fascinating. Most of the crystal pieces are made by hand, a small amount of cutting is automated otherwise it’s all hand done. It’s an interesting process from the moulds that are apcarved from wood to the blowing of the crystal to the cutting, engraving and etching of the crystal. To become a master craftsman it takes a five year apprenticeship followed by another three years of training. Apparently a lot of the workforce has been there decades but they are gradually taking on apprentices to ensure a continuation of craftsmen.

    I then went to the Bishop’s Palace which is a museum of all things Georgian in Waterford and to be honest not all that interesting. The collection is quite small.
    The medieval museum was much more interesting. They’ve unearthed a choristers’ hall tha is underground and the museum follows Waterford from the oustingof the Vikings to the Georgian times. The people of Waterford were very determined to keep their portected post status, especially from nearby New Ross. I could have spent longer there but it was time to head back to the “King of the Vikings”. It was a virtual reality experience that covered the time of the Vikings in Waterford. It was my first taste of virtual reality and I enjoyed it. A bit like seeing a 3D movie but more as it surrounded you.

    The last thing on the list was washing. According to google there was a laundromat not far from the hotel. Only when I got there it was an industrial park. So I tried the next colsest. This one was in an institute of technology campus and I couldn’t find the actual laundromat. Third try brought me over to the edge of Tranmore and here at a service station I found 2 washing machines and a dryer. I’m just waiting for my clothes to finish in the dryer now.
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  • Day43

    Waterford, Ireland

    September 14, 2017 in Ireland

    Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city. After a panoramic drive around the city we arrived at the House of Waterford for a guided tour. Waterford is no longer produced in Ireland with major facilities now located in Prague under the same strict guidelines.
    Our tour gave us an up close view into every step of the production process with actual craftsmen demonstrating. Afterward we went into their retail store which houses the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world.Read more

  • Day105

    Waterford

    December 17, 2016 in Ireland

    Left Cork early and headed to Waterford. Dropped my stuff off at the hostel and started touring around immediately. Waterford is the most ancient city in Ireland conquered by the Vikings in 914 AD by Reginald of Norway. It was invaded by the Oliver Cromwell, but he did not succeed in capturing Waterford. Later in the century Richard of Penrose (known as Strongbow) married Aiofe in exchange for land and settled in Waterford.Read more

  • Day18

    Arrival in Waterford

    September 5, 2015 in Ireland

    Waterford is very proud of its Viking heritage. We drove to Dooley's Hotel in Waterford, arriving at 5:00 pm. Two other tour coaches had just arrived and the lobby looked like a circus. We will have the walking tour at 6:00 pm, and dinner here in the hotel at 7:30 pm. David told us of one Thomas Francis Meagher (pronounced Mahr) who fought in Waterford's rebellion in the 1840's, designed the Irish tricolor, was arrested and sent to Tasmania, made his way to California, then to New York, became Chief of Police, organized a unit that fought for the Union in the Civil War, became Governor of Montana, and was later presented to Queen Victoria as one of her former prisoners. The Queen was not amused. Before supper guide Jack led us on a walking tour of Waterford. It is a Viking town with one building, Reginald's tower going back to the year 1002. It is the oldest building in continuous use in Britain. There is a replica of a Viking vessel there. A shopping center downtown is built upon the site of a Viking village that was extensively excavated before construction resumed. We also saw the ruins of the Dominican monastery. The Catholic Church here is the oldest in Ireland, built in 1798. The English King and the Pope, who had been enemies since Henry VIII suddenly discovered that the French Revolution posed a common threat, and they became allies against it. The King thereafter allowed Catholic churches to be built. Good conversation at supper with Lance and Jerry about the pervasive intrusion of government into the private lives of citizens. We all agreed that there is no longer any privacy for anyone in a developed nation. Incidentally, as I was writing these travel notes tonight I realized that today marks my fiftieth anniversary as a Christian. I made a sincere profession of faith at Northside Baptist Church on September 5, 1965, the day before I started school at Harding High in Charlotte.Read more

  • Day19

    Waterford Crystal

    September 6, 2015 in Ireland

    This morning we toured the Waterford Crystal factory. The company went into bankruptcy about five years ago. However, the town council, not wanting the tradition of workmanship to die out, bought the name, hired some of the employees and built a workshop where crystal can still be bought. We pass through Kilkenny, home of the Butlers. It is a lovely medieval town with the old Anglo-Norman castle. Butler became Duke of Ormond. One of Obama's ancestors was Bishop of Ormond. The Port of New Ross has replica of one of the coffin ships from Irish famine. One fifth of all passengers died. SS Dunbrodie. Kennedy's ancestry left from New Ross. Kennedys still have a strong family connection with the Ryans. Kennedy family house open in Dungustown (name ?)Read more

  • Day15

    Tullys Bar, Waterford

    June 8, 2016 in Ireland

    Stopped in for a pint of local brew, Metalman. Great little bar with bathrooms cleaner and nicer than most I have come accross. The hand driers even worked! The decor was very nice and as with most pubs, it was a local hang out as well. We were given directions to Geoffs for food and also to Waterford Crystal.

  • Day15

    Geoffs of John Street

    June 8, 2016 in Ireland

    Stopped in for food and a pint. We were sent here by the bartender at Tullys Bar. The food was great, as usual, Joyce had the shepherds pie, and I had the spicy lamb burger (unfortunately the burger had feta cheese). We have yet to find bad food on this trip! The weather continues to be warm and dry, and it appears as though it will be until we leave. So much for experiencing typical Irish weather.Read more

  • Day13

    Greenway Bike Trail

    August 30 in Ireland

    I rode from Waterford to Kilmathomas. About 23k. Since I started at 1.00 it left it a bit late to try and get to Dungae in unless I rode like mad. In my old age I decided to stop, have a nice lunch in a small cafe and walk about. Then a shuttle back to Waterford to catch the bus back to Dublin. The shuttle driver gave a good history of the workhouse where the bike rental place was located. Nice building with a horrible famine history. New life it in now though so that is good.Read more

  • Day20

    Between Buses

    August 12, 2016 in Ireland

    Got 30 minutes between buses in Waterford, so took a peek aroud the old Viking town, which I am sad to report has mostly been turned into a shopping center. I did step into a lovely church, with a beautiful set of organ pipes. The bit of Wayerford I've seen may not be beautiful, but it was nice to stretch my legs and get a cup of tea regardless.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Waterford, Уотърфорд, Port Láirge, واترفورد, Port Làirge, Purt Largey, WAT, ウォーターフォード, უოტერფორდი, 워터퍼드, Voterfordas, Уотерфорд, Вотерфорд, واٹرفرڈ, 沃特福德

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