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Waterford, once the capital of crystal, looks beyond its famed factory and embraces a brilliant history

Waterford, once the capital of crystal, looks beyond its famed factory and embraces a brilliant history

Visitors to this small city on the southern coast of Ireland often arrive by the bus load, stopping at the futuristic black glass and chrome headquarters of Waterford Crystal and leaving as soon as the tour is done.

That’s no surprise; for many people, the famed crystal is the only reason they’ve heard of Waterford.

But after spending more than a month here recently with my wife, awaiting the birth of our first grandchild — she was taking her own sweet time arriving (just like a journalist’s grandkid to miss deadline) — I discovered there is more to this place than fancy glass, most of which is produced in...

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