21 Facts About Waterford


Waterford is a city in County Waterford in the south-east of Ireland.

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Today, Waterford is known for Waterford Crystal, a legacy of the city's former glassmaking industry.

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Waterford is known for being the starting point of Ryanair's first flight, a 14-seat Embraer Bandeirante turboprop aircraft flying between Waterford and London Gatwick Airport.

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Waterford returned in 1170 with Cambro-Norman mercenaries under Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke ; together they besieged and took the city after a desperate defence.

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In July 1922, Waterford was the scene of fighting between Irish Free State and Irish Republican troops during the Irish Civil War.

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Waterford has a long history with the defence forces, with the Department of Defence operating a reserve defence forces barracks in the city centre housing the army reserve, naval reserve and civil defence.

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Waterford was subjected to two sieges in 1649 and 1650, during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.

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The River Suir, which flows through Waterford City, has provided a basis for the city's long maritime history.

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Waterford Port has been one of Ireland's major ports for over a millennium.

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Today, Waterford is known for Waterford Crystal, a legacy of the city's former glass-making industry.

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Waterford is known for being the "starting point" of one of the biggest European airlines – Ryanair's first flight was a 14-seat Embraer Bandeirante turboprop aircraft, flying between Waterford and Gatwick Airport.

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Climate of Waterford is, like the rest of Ireland, classified as a maritime temperate climate according to the Koppen climate classification system.

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Population of Waterford grew from 1,555 in 1653 to around 28,000 in the early 19th century, declining to just over 20,000 at the end of the 19th, then rising steadily to over 40,000 during the 20th century.

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Waterford Mail is a free newspaper that comes out on Thursdays, it has an office on O'Connell Street.

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Today Waterford retains more of its city walls than any other city in Ireland with the exception of Derry, whose walls were built much later.

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Near Reginald's Tower is the William Vincent Wallace Plaza, a monument and amenity built around the time of the millennium that commemorates the Waterford-born composer.

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Waterford Crystal is manufactured in Waterford but in early 2009 the company moved its operations to continental Europe.

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Historically Waterford was an important trading port which brought much prosperity to the city throughout the city's eventful history.

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Waterford's most famous export, Waterford Crystal, is an internationally known and highly sought after product that was manufactured in the city from 1783 to 2009 and again from 2010 to the present day.

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Waterford Greenway is Ireland's longest greenway, and connects the city with Mount Congreve, Kilmeaden, Kilmacthomas, and Dungarvan.

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Notable Waterford footballers include Davy Walsh, Paddy Coad, Jim Beglin, Alfie Hale, Eddie Nolan, John O'Shea James Coade and Daryl Murphy.

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