Irish: Port Lairge; “Larag’s Port”, is in the South East Region and is in the Province of Munster.
A visit to Waterford could take you anywhere – from surfing your very first wave, to learning Irish in the Ring Gaeltacht. For the adventurous the Comeragh Mountains offer a beautiful location for cycling, climbing and hiking. If you’re more of a water sports enthusiast, hit the coast. Here you’ll find great fun in seaside spots like Dunmore East, Tramore, Ardmore, Passage East and Stradbally. The Nire Valley heritage towns of Cappoquin and Lismore, which are further inland, are also very appealing.
Places to Visit in Waterford:
Ardmore Round Tower and Cathedral
In the 5th century, the pre-Patrician saint; Declan, founded the monastery in Ardmore which is a seaside village located about 15km from Youghal, County Waterford. Today, some structures remain. They include the 12th-century round tower and cathedral.
Mount Melleray Abbey
Mount Melleray Abbey is approximately a 10-minute drive from the town of Cappoquin, County Waterford. It was the first monastery founded after the Reformation in Ireland. Established in 1832, it still operates today.
Since 1753, Lismore Castle has been the Irish home of the Dukes of Devonshire. It is possibly the most spectacular castle in Ireland.
In the early 1200’s, the la Poer family built the Dunhill castle. Also, there is some evidence of an earlier Celtic fort on the hilltop.
The House of Waterford Crystal
Here you can visit the world's largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the city that gave this iconic Irish brand its name. You can watch the craftsmen at work and visit the opulent retail store, which is all located in the centre of the Viking city of Waterford.
Located in the southwest of Waterford County on the N25, is Dungarvan. It is also a harbour town. Being a commercial and tourist town, it is an ideal centre for touring the Comeragh Mountains and the Ring Peninsula. Various festivals that take place in Dungarvan include the Feile na Deise the traditional music festival, which takes place in May and the Waterford Festival of Food that takes place in April.
Some places of interest in Dungarvan include - Clonea Strand Blue Flag Beach, King John’s Norman Castle and Dungarvan County Waterford Museum.
In 853, Waterford City was founded by The Vikings. Later it was extended by the Anglo Normans. Set in a site on the River Suir's estuary, it became through time the southeast's main seaport. During the 18th century and onwards, the industry of the city Prospered. It’s most famous industry is glass.
Places to visit: William Vincent Wallace Plaza, Edmund Rice Centre and The House of Waterford Crystal.
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