04 Waterford Crystal, Shin & Guinness and The Old Dungarvan Oak – AUDIO
Episode Guide – Podcast #4 Waterford Crystal, Shin & Guinness and The Old Dungarvan Oak
We visit the Waterford Crystal Factory and some interesting sites nearby; then it’s time for our recipe for shin and Guinness and Liam sings The Old Dungarvan Oak. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen.
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Making the most of your visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory:
- History of Crystal Making in Waterford
- Factory Tour
- Tips for visiting Waterford Crystal and buying Irish Crystal
- Waterford responds to Corey’s inquiry “How do I know which Waterford Crystal is produced in Ireland and which crystal is produced elsewhere?”
- Other Sources for Irish Crystal
Sites nearby we recommend:
- Waterford Treasures at the Granary
- Christ Church Cathedral and Holy Trinity Cathedral
- Reginald’s Tower
- Hook Head, Duncannon, Loftus Hall
- Ormonde Castle, Carrick-on-Suir
- Commeragh Mountains, Coumshingaun
The Knockahopple Irish Fireside Cookbook
Irish Fireside Song
- The Old Dungarvan Oak
Waterford Crystal Factory Overview
The history of crystal making in Waterford goes back to 1783 when the Penrose brothers opened their factory in the heart of Waterford city. After 68 years, the company was forced to close due to high taxation. One of the final pieces made by the company was it’s entry into the Great Exposition of 1851 which was held in, of all places, London’s Crystal Palace.
The Waterford Crystal we know today began in 1947, shortly after the end of World War II. With the support of the Irish government, 30 master glassblowers, cutters and engravers were brought in from mainland Europe to begin the nine-year training of Irish apprentices. The company has since grown to become the largest industry of its kind and one of the world’s most famous luxury brands.
Waterford Treasures at the Granary is a modern museum that uses exhibits and multimedia to explore the history of Waterford. The artifacts from an extensive archaeology dig in the city are on display and reveal’ Waterford’s Nordic past. The museum collection includes the many of the finest examples of ancient Celtic craftsmanship. The building also houses the tourist office, a café and serves as the starting point of the city’s guided walking tours.
Reginald’s Tower served as one of Waterford’s most important defensive structures. Built in the 13th century with upper levels being added in the 15th century, the tower is the oldest civic structure in Ireland and has been in continuous use for 800 years. The massive walls are over twelve feet thick in some places and at one time the tower was only accessible through passages built within the town walls. It has served as a mint, prison and military store; today it is open for tours and houses a museum.
Our hike through the Commeragh Mountains takes you to a corrie (a lake created when part of the mountain breaks away and the rubble creates a natural dam) known as Coumshingaun. There are two routes to Coumshingaun; both are located on the R676 between Carrick-on-Suir and Dungarvan.
Route A is the easiest to find and is a bit shorter. The route begins at the car park and picnic area in Kilclooney Wood. There is a path on the northeast end of the car park. Follow the path which will join up with a forestry road (turn right). You will step over a low barbed wire fence and follow the path left (west) heading uphill. Look for the rough trail that heads up the lake.
Route B is a bit more difficult to find but the path is less steep and the approach to the corrie is more impressive. The route begins at Kilclooney Bridge. Enter through a gate to the west (you can park along the road across from the gate). You will cross a small river and head across two small fields. Look for the pile of stones at the end of the second field that mark the trail to the lake.
Serious hikers can extend the hike to climb the ridge.
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