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Waterford (population 44,155) is a busy port in the Southeast. Founded by the Vikings in 850AD as a naval base, it became one of Ireland's major ports and merchant centres.

Remnants of the walls that the Vikings built around the town can still be seen today.

The famous Waterford Crystal has been made in the city since the 18th century. The current operation employs 1600 people, and it is open for visits year-round.

Reginald's Tower was built in the 12th century on the site of a wooden Viking tower. The tower houses a museum of local history, which opens seven days a week during the summer.

The Treasures Museum at the Granary features archaeological and historical artefacts. Open seven days a week.

The Catholic Holy Trinity Cathedral (1796).

The 18th-century Christchurch Church of Ireland Cathedral houses medieval monuments from cathedrals that existed previously on this site.

The French Church, or Greyfriars, was founded for the Franciscans in 1240 and used by French Huguenot refugees as a place of worship from 1693 to 1815.

The City Hall (1788) on the Mall houses the Municipal Art Gallery. Ring (051) 873501 ext. 489 for information on gallery tour times.

The Waterford Show, a 90-minute musical presentation of the city's history, is held on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday nights during the summer at the City Hall.

The 18th-century Theatre Royal, next to the City Hall.

The Waterford Heritage Centre displays Royal Charters and Viking artefacts.

The ruins of the Dominican Blackfriars Abbey, dating from 1226, are in Arundel Square.

The 18th-century Saint Patrick's Catholic Church is notable because it remained a Catholic church despite the English suppression of Catholicism during the Penal times.

The Waterford Light Opera Festival runs throughout the month of September in 2001.

Garter Lane Arts Centre on O'Connell Street hosts films, exhibitions, poetry readings, and theatre.

The Edmund Rice Centre at Mount Sion on Barrack Street is the site of the first school founded by Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers. The Brothers have been educating Catholic children in Ireland for almost two centuries.

The Regional Sports Centre on Cork Road has a soccer pitch, pitch and putt course, tennis courts, an outdoor running track, and indoor courts for soccer, basketball, and so on.

Greyhound racing at Kilcohan Park on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 pm.

There are four golf clubs in the city area.

Waterford Airport is just south of the city, and there are regular flights to the U.K.

There are four Bus Éireann buses daily to Roslare (51 miles), five in the summer.

Rapid Express Coaches has at least seven buses to Dublin each day, and Bus Éireann has ten.

There are four trains a day to Dublin and two trains to Rosslare.

Useful contact details for Waterford
Bus Station (051) 879000
Train station (051) 873401
Bus Éireann (01) 8366111
Iarnród Éireann (1850) 366222
  or (01) 8366222
Waterford Airport (051) 875589
Garda Station (051) 305300
Bank of Ireland (051) 872001/872074
AIB (051) 873494
Waterford Chamber of Commerce (051) 872639
Waterford City Enterprise Board (051) 852883
Waterford Regional Hospital (051) 873321
Tourist Information (051) 875788
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