More Ireland: Waterford

On our first Saturday in Ireland, we drove south of Dublin down to Waterford.  Along the way, we stopped at a pretty little beach we found, called Ennereilly beach.  It was rocky and beautiful!

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When we made it to Waterford, we ate lunch, walked around the town, and then got a tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory.  I had actually taken the tour once before, but it was just as entertaining and impressive the second time around!

This is one of the cutters:

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Hard at work:

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The cutters have to have every Waterford crystal pattern memorized, but if they ever need a refresher, here is their "library":

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A box of glasses, with the Waterford signature cut on the bottom:

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A set of engravers' wheels:

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We got a first hand cutting demonstration:

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And here's the finished product–sparkly!

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You can see a few more shots from Waterford here.

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