Waterford

Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge [pˠɔɾˠt̪ˠ ˈl̪ˠaːɾʲ(ə)ɟə]; from Old Norse Veðrafjǫrðr [ˈweðrɑˌfjɒrðr̩], meaning "ram (wether) fjord") is a city in Ireland. It is in County Waterford in the south-east of Ireland and is located in the province of Munster. The city is situated at the head of Waterford Harbour. It is the oldest[3][4] and the fifth most populous city in the Republic of Ireland. It is the tenth most populous settlement on the island of Ireland. Waterford City and County Council is the local government authority for the city. According to the 2016 Census, 53,504 people live in the city,[5] with a wider metropolitan population of 82,963.

Waterford
Port Láirge
From top, left to right: Waterford Marina, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Reginald's Tower, a piece of Waterford Crystal, Waterford City by night
Nickname(s): 
The Déise
Motto(s): 
Urbs Intacta Manet Waterfordia  (Latin)
"Waterford remains the untaken city"
Waterford
Location of Waterford in Ireland
Waterford
Waterford (Europe)
Coordinates: 52°15′24″N 7°7′45″W
CountryIreland
ProvinceMunster
CountyWaterford
Founded914
Government
  TypeCity and County Council
  Mayor of WaterfordDamien Geoghegan
  Dáil ÉireannWaterford
Area
  City48.30 km2 (18.65 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)[2]
  City53,504
  Rank5th
  Density1,107.5/km2 (2,868/sq mi)
  Metro
82,963
Demonym(s)Waterfordian, Déisean
Time zoneUTC±0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode routing key
X91
Telephone area code+353(0)51
Vehicle index
mark code
W
Websitewww.waterfordcouncil.ie

Today, Waterford is known for Waterford Crystal, a legacy of the city's former glassmaking industry. Glass, or crystal, was manufactured in the city from 1783 until early 2009, when the factory there was shut down after the receivership of Waterford Wedgwood plc. The Waterford Crystal visitor centre in the Viking Quarter, under new owners, opened in June 2010, after the intervention of Waterford City Council and Waterford Chamber of Commerce, and resumed production. Waterford is also known for being the starting point of Ryanair's first flight, a 14-seat Embraer Bandeirante turboprop aircraft flying between Waterford and Gatwick Airport.