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Nestled in the south east of Ireland, over 714 square miles, is the picturesque county of Waterford. The breathtaking hinterland of the Comeragh and Knockmealdon Mountains sweeps down through wooded hills and valleys to a coastline of dramatic cliffs and unspoiled sandy beaches.

Derived from the Viking 'Vethrafjorthr' meaning weather haven, County Waterford is steeped in history, heritage and culture. Waterford's Celtic and Viking past is on display at the Lismore Heritage Centre and 'Waterford Treasures' at the Granary.Visitors can enjoy the magnificent Lismore Castle, Mount Melleray Abbey, the medieval city of Waterford and the county's premier tourist attraction - Waterford Crystal, attracting over 350,000 visitors each year to an outstanding Visitors Centre and Gallery complex.

For the outdoor enthusiast, County Waterford has it all, from seaside resorts and watersports along the golden sandy coastline to world class golf courses, horse riding, fishing and magnificent walks through Waterford's charming landscape.

Towns in County Waterford

The county capital is Waterford City. Other townships are Dungarven, Tramore, Lismore, Cappoquin, Dunmore East and Ardmore. The county population is over 95,000.

Business Information

Established in 1783, Waterford Crystal is the county's most profiled business, renowned world-wide as one of the premier producers of fine hand crafted crystal. Covering a site area of 40 acres, Waterford Crystal employs over 1600 people. The urban areas of Waterford have highly developed retail and business services sectors. Other county industries include general and precision engineering, the manufacturing of building components and milling. A productive agricultural base in Waterford of dairy, cereal and poultry farming has given rise to a significant meat, food and cheese production industry. The overseas companies of Smithkline Beecham, Bausch & Lomb, Allied Signal and Hasbro all have operations in Waterford, prompted by the excellent local port and shipping facilities.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Waterford County Enterprise Board

Tel: (353) 051 44811  
Waterford County Council Tel: (353) 051 873501
Enterprise Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 051 333500
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 051 333500
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444; has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
Travel (see also town guides)

County Waterford is only 1 hour away from Rosslare ferryport and 1 hours from Ringaskiddy ferryport in Cork. Direct flights to the UK operate from Waterford Airport daily. International flights from Dublin Airport are 2 hours away by road. Irish Rail (Iarnrod Eireann) run mainline trains through the county with links to Dublin, Rosslare and Limerick. Bus Eireann operate a local bus service from Waterford City to Tramore. The national bus expressway routes also serve the county. Trunk roads pass through Waterford, providing efficient links between towns.

Waterford Airport Tel: (353) 051 875589
Brittany Ferries

Tel: (353) 021 277801

Stena Line

Tel: (353) 01 204 7700

Irish Ferries

Tel: (353) 01 555 1995
Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail

Tel: (353) 071 69888
Bus Eireann

Tel: (353) 071 60066
Tourist Office
Waterford Tourist Office Tel: (353) 051 875788
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
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