collectors of precious things Waterford is one of those names that has a special
ring about it. This town of 40,000 souls is rightly renowned for its classic Waterford
Crystal glass, each piece an individual masterwork. Visitors can witness and observe
every stage of its production from being blown in its molten form, glowing red
and gold, to the cutting, polishing and engraving. The factory is on the edge
of the town and an additional attraction there is the magnificent gallery in the
visitor centre where hundreds of pieces of the celebrated crystal are on permanent
is not a long way to Tipperary from here and even shorter from there to Cashel
of the Kings, the major national monument, and one of the most compelling visual
experiences of Ireland, built in the 13th century. Kilkenny to the north was the
medieval capital of Ireland and is one of its most inviting cities with magnificently
restored castle and craft shops, hospitable pubs and restaurants. Jerpoint Abbey
(1158) is one of the finest monastic ruins in Ireland. Returning to Waterford,
take the ferry from Passage East across the River Barrow to Ballyhack.
there it is but a few miles road to the hamlet of Dunganstown and the humble cottage
from where the Kennedy clan set out on there momentous climb to Camelot and tragedy.
The nearby John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is a splendid living tribute to one of
Ireland's most famous sons. The ship carrying the future President's great grandfather
away from Ireland would have passed close to Hook Head from which comes the saying
"By Hook or by Crook". Lismore Castle, 35 miles west of Waterford, is the Irish
seat of the Duke of Devonshire and may be hired out, including staff.