This evening, my focus is on Waterford Crystal in the Republic of Ireland.

Although primarily Scotland based I do offer tours of the island of Ireland in course of which I have paid two visits to Waterford and its famous crystal facility.

Crystal manufacture has a long history in Waterford. My penultimate visit was when the industry was at a low, just after the parent company had entered insolvency protection and transferred manufacture to Eastern Europe. However, I am pleased to report that when I visited again, a couple of months ago, there was a brand new visitor centre with on-site manufacturing, albeit on a much smaller scale than hitherto. Nevertheless, a step in the right direction with the visitor centre now located close to the town centre which provides easy access albeit parking can present a problem.

Images below show a selection of products and activities at Waterford.

Blowing Waterford Crystal, Ireland

Finishing Waterford Crystal

Waterford Crystal-Finished Product

Elsewhere today, I have attended to a couple of interesting tour enquiries, one for the Highlands of Scotland later this year and the other from a cruise ship next June.

Tonight, there is heavy rain in Glasgow with temperature down to 7 C.

Separately posted information on Steuart family history to my Glasgow Ancestry blog.

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