Archive for October 1st, 2009

Waterford Crystal

1 October 2009

By Lisa-Marie Griffith

CIMG0969George and  William Penrose opened their glassworks at Waterford in 1783.  For over two hundred and twenty-five years the city has been home to some of the finest craftsmen in Ireland who were producing some of the world’s most beautiful crystal. You would have to have been living on another planet to have missed the news of the factory closure earlier this year. I was on a visit home to Waterford last weekend and popped into the  Granary, the cities history museum. One of their exhibits on the history of Waterford Crystal reminded me that the factory closure is not just a financial loss that will affect the community but a huge cultural loss to Ireland. The growth of Waterford and the history of the city is linked closely to the Glass Factory and as a proud Déise I will have to admit it is hard to believe that it is gone. Read more