Waterford and Ireland’s Ancient East

The Minister for Tourism, Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State, Michael Ring announced a new tourism initiative for Ireland’s east coast called “Ireland’s Ancient East”  as a follow-up to the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast.

Passage TomeVisitors along ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ are set the challenged to immerse themselves in the history of Ireland’s east coast which stretches from Newgrange in Meath, all along the east coast including Waterford’s Viking Quarter, Lismore, Ardmore and down as far as Cork, showcasing famous historical sites and landmarks  telling our story that goes back over 5,000 years.

So what will this mean for Waterford?  We certainly have the history and the ancient sites, not only with the Viking Heritage of Waterford City but also the monastic sites such as Ardmore, Lismore, Molana Abbey and Mothel along with Holy Wells. .

We also have the megalithic and neolithic sites dotted all over the county with Dolmens Oghme Stones, passage and portal tombs, raths and cairns.

Our Anglo Irish heritage gives is Curraghmore Estate, Mount Congreve, Dromana House, Lismore Castle, Cappoquin House, Strancally Castle, Tourin House and many more.Curraghmore Estate

We have Irelands oldest city with Waterford city, which is the only city in the south east to have Purple Flag Status, towns like Tramore and Dungarvan and villages where you can immerse yourself in the history and culture of Waterford.

“Ireland’s Ancient East” is a journey from ancient Ireland, early Christian Ireland, medieval Ireland and Anglo Ireland.  We are lucky here in Waterford that we have so much heritage and culture that we will be in a great position to tell the story of Waterford.

Ardmore Round TowerThis new initiative will have a very positive impact on Waterford especially if we can showcase everything else that Waterford has to offer from our mountains to coastline, activities such as golf, horse riding, hiking, fishing, water sports, theatre, the arts, food, nightlife, festivals like Spraoi, West Waterford Festival of Food, Harvest Festival, Waterford Viking Marathon, Ardmore Pattern Festival, Lismore Immrama Festival,  Winterval and everything in between.  And lest we forget we are very lucky to have a gaeltacht in Waterford with beautiful An Rinn.

We have so many stories that can be told from our ancient folklore that we should be able to enthral even the most discerning visitor.  We here at Waterford In Your Pocket will certainly be doing our bit to promote the beautiful place that we call home.  We hope that everyone that visits Waterford will leave saying, Waterford – what a place.