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This morning, we departed our Waterford hotel and drove round to nearby Waterford Crystal where we toured the manufacturing process and showroom.

We were taken through all the basic steps needed to produce a piece of Waterford Crystal. Mould-making is first, where wooden moulds are produced.Then the glass itself is blown by expert glass-blowers . Out of molten crystal a glass vessel is produced via a process that involves a furnace operating at 1,400 degrees Celsius.

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The next step is very important in producing the desired end product. After careful inspection of the “raw” glass the passed specimens are handed to the cutters who use  diamond-tipped tools, cutting into the glass to create the required design.

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A selection of final products can be viewed (and purchased) in the show-room.

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After departing Waterford Crystal we walked round the corner to view Reginald’s Tower, which is believed to have been founded in the 10th century, Viking era.

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Next, we headed directly west, across Southern Ireland to our next destination of Killarney, stopping en-route for a refreshment stop at  Mitchelstown, a pleasant enough country town. Our route traversed mainly rolling green countryside and small farms.

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We finally arrived Killarney at 6.00pm. Tomorrow we visit Muckross House and Ring of Kerry.

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