Crystal was initially introduced into Ireland by the Celts, who used it for their jewellery or as decoration for their shields and swords. Ireland is now one of the most prestigious crystal glass producers in the world, so there are quite a few to mention!
Earning itself the highest reputation is Waterford Crystal
with a history of over 200 years! The House of Waterford Crystal
glass factory in Waterford City opened back in 1783. Take a tour to watch the talented craftsmen blow into a red-hot molten crystal and form the most elegant shapes right in front of your eyes.
The Ultimate Master Cutter Experience
over in the Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre
is an experience you’ll never forget, as you can work with a master-cutter to design your very own crystal.Tipperary Crystal Studios
uses a combination of traditional methods and modern concepts to make its unique pieces, and many of the chandeliers created here are hung in some of the finest residents across the world! City of Derry Crystal
, meanwhile, prides itself on its traditional techniques and you can watch the magic happen at its workshop in the Derry City Craft Village!Galway Irish Crystal
in Galway City is another showstopper. Located along the Wild Atlantic Way, the craftsmen take inspiration from their surroundings so you’re really taking a little bit of Ireland home with you through their eyes! Belfast Crystal
also puts on superb showroom events, plus you can personalise your chosen piece with master engravers to put your words onto crystal.
Do any community members have more thoughts about our wonderful Irish crystal glass? Perhaps you can tell us about some crystal you brought home?