Cultural Spotlight #21 – Waterford Crystal

June 28, 2016

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The beginnings of glass making in Ireland are lost in the mists of time but there is sufficient archaeological evidence to show that, from the early Iron Age, glass was regarded with respect. Indeed, medieval documents can prove glass making existed in Ireland back in the middle 13th century.

However, the Waterford Crystal story started to blossom in 1783 when two brothers, George and William Penrose, founded their crystal manufacturing business in the busy port of Waterford. They were important developers and the city’s principal exporters. The development, they told the Irish Parliament, cost £10,000 – a great deal of money in the 18th century.

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Waterford Crystal today has very strong links with its illustrious predecessor. There is today the same dedication to the purity of colour, to the same design inspiration and to the same pursuit of highest quality levels possible. The traditional cutting patterns made famous by the artisans of Waterford became the design basis for the growing product range of the new company.

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Waterford Crystal, today, is the leading brand of premium crystal. Its products – superb handcrafted crystal stemware, gift ware and lighting ware – are designed and manufactured to the highest standards.

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Located on the Mall in the heart of the Viking Triangle in Waterford City, the House of Waterford Crystal brings a visit to Waterford to a whole new level. Our staff will be pleased to welcome you on arrival and take you on a journey to see exquisite pieces of crystal created before your very eyes.

 

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