Private Tour of Ireland
This evening, I am reprising a one day section of a small group, private tour of Ireland.
First, we departed our lodgings at Anderson’s Quay, Cork and proceeded as follows:
- To the historic town of Waterford in the S.E. of Ireland. First stop was the House of Waterford Crystal where we toured the factory and showroom.Here we were able to view work in progress including the Blowing and Furnace Room, Finishing,, Cutting Room, Sculpting and Engraving and the Exhibition & Retail Store. This was an excellent experience. It was pleasing to see that Waterford Glass was again being manufactured on site after a gap of time due to financial problems.
Here is a video clip of the Furnace Room
Finishing Waterford Crystal
- Next we visited the waterfront and Reginald’s Tower. This is circular in construction and was originally built as part of the town’s defences dating back to the 13th century, albeit on a much older Viking era site. The Tower was embellished in the 15th century.
- Reginald's Tower is located close to the waterfront where the River Suir enters the Celtic Sea. We had a walk along the front and then a light lunch before moving on to our next target of Wexford.
- En-route to Wexford we had a brief stop at New Ross to view the Dunbrody, a restored sailing ship which carried migrants from Ireland in the 19th century. New Ross is also famous for J.F. Kennedy connection.
- Next, we duly arrived Wexford where we enjoyed a stroll along the waterfront at Wexford Harbour and then some refreshment.
- Finally, we moved on to our target of Dublin Liffey Valley where we duly arrived late this evening after a journey of about two hours.