Ardmore bay and coast, Waterford. National tourism development authority praises inspirational attractive towns around the county.Getty Images/iStockphoto

1. Co Waterford is located in the province of Munster in the southeast region of Ireland. The ancient Celtic name for Waterford was “Cuan na Graí” or “The Harbor of the Sun.” The Irish name for Waterford is Port Lairge which means “leg shaped river.”

Copper Coast, Waterford. Credit: Flickr/Nico’s Page/Creative Commons

Copper Coast, Waterford. Credit: Flickr/Nico’s Page/Creative Commons

2. Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland. The walled city was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D.

The Waterford Quays. Credit: Terry Murphy/Tourism Ireland

The Waterford Quays. Credit: Terry Murphy/Tourism Ireland

3. During the Norman Invasion of Ireland, King Henry II of England came to Waterford, in 1171, and declared it one of two royal cities in Ireland, the other being Dublin.

Waterford City at night. Credit: Creative Commons

Waterford City at night. Credit: Creative Commons

4. Waterford man Thomas Francis Meagher created the Irish Tricolour.

The Irish flag.

The Irish flag.

5. Built in 1793, the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford City is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in Ireland. The cathedral was designed by John Roberts, who also built Waterford’s Christ Church Cathedral for the Church of Ireland. Waterford is the only city in Europe to have a Roman Catholic and Protestant Cathedral both built by the same man.

Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford. Credit: Philip Halling/Creative Commons

Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford. Credit: Philip Halling/Creative Commons

6. Waterford’s Reginald’s Tower, built in 1003 as part of the city wall, is the oldest and most historic urban medieval monument in Ireland.

Reginald's Tower in Waterford. Credit: Creative Commons, Wikimedia

Reginald's Tower in Waterford. Credit: Creative Commons, Wikimedia

7. The River Suir, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Waterford, is Ireland’s third longest river, at 185 km, or 115 miles, and is Europe’s fastest flowing river.

The River Suir at dawn, looking upstream from Kings Channel.

The River Suir at dawn, looking upstream from Kings Channel.

8. The origins of crystal production in Waterford date back to the 18th century. The glass has become known as the finest in the world. Today, most of the Waterford Crystal produced is made outside of Ireland, in countries such as Slovenia, Czech Republic and Germany.   

A Waterford Crystal chandelier. Credit: Creative Commons/Public Domain

A Waterford Crystal chandelier. Credit: Creative Commons/Public Domain

9.The first GAA competition was held in Tramore, Co. Waterford in 1885.

Tramore, Waterford. Credit: Creative Commons

Tramore, Waterford. Credit: Creative Commons

10. A Franciscan priest, Luke Wadding, born in Waterford in 1558, was responsible for making St Patrick’s Day a feast day and turning it into a worldwide day of celebration.

Luke Wadding helped found St Patrick's Day.

Luke Wadding helped found St Patrick's Day.

H/T: HotelsIreland.com.