The Emerald Isle

Atlantic Coast

An antique Waterford crystal chandelier and water goblets in Waterford’s Clodagh pattern are featured in this holiday setting.

As Southerners we appreciate fine tableware, and some of the highest-quality crystal in the world is made in Waterford on Ireland’s eastern coast, an easy day trip from Dublin. Founded in 1783, the Waterford crystal factory offers tours so you can see the behind-the-scenes operations of this celebrated enterprise, now a sister company of the Wedgwood and Royal Doulton brands. As a bonus, history buffs will relish the Viking tales and museums in the town of Waterford, which was established in 910 and is Ireland’s oldest city.