Video of Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
Waterford (from Old Norse: Veðrafjǫrðr meaning "ram fjord" or "windy fjord"; Irish:
Port Láirge, meaning "Lárag's port") is a city in the South-East Region of Ireland.
It is the oldest city in the country and fifth largest by population. Waterford City
Council is the local government authority for the city. The population of the city
in 2011 was 51,519; of which 46,747 lived within the city limits, and 3,465 lived
in the suburbs in County Kilkenny
Viking raiders first established a settlement near Waterford in 853. It and all the
other longphorts were vacated in 902, the Vikings having been driven out by the native
Irish. The Vikings re-established themselves in Ireland at Waterford in 914, led
at first by Ottir Iarla (Jarl Ottar) until 917, and after that by Ragnall ua Ímair
and the Uí Ímair dynasty, and built what would be Ireland's first city. A list of
the city's rulers from this date to the mayors of the present day can be found in
Rulers of Waterford. Among the most prominent kings of Waterford was Ivar of Waterford.
The city is situated at the head of Waterford Harbour (Irish: Loch Dá Chaoch or Cuan
Phort Láirge). The city motto Urbs Intacta Manet Waterfordia ("Waterford remains
the untaken city") was granted by King Henry VII of England in 1497 after Waterford
refused to recognise the claims of the pretenders Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck
to the English throne. Waterford was subjected to two sieges in 1649 and 1650, during
the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. It withstood the first siege but surrendered
during the second siege to Henry Ireton on 6 August 1650.
Waterford Music Fest, launched in 2011, is an outdoor, one day music event which
takes place in the heart of Waterford City during the summer. In 2011 Waterford Music
Fest, organised by Music Events Ireland, was headined by 50 Cent and G-Unit, with
support from Faithless Sound System, The Original Rudeboys, Shayne Ward and many
more. Over 10,000 people attended the 2011 event. Details of the 2012 Waterford Music
Fest are due to be revealed in early summer 2012.
Spraoi festival, (pronounced 'Spree') organised by the Spraoi Theatre Company, is
a professional festival and street arts organisation which takes over the city centre
of Waterford on the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It attracts audiences in excess
of 80,000 people to the city.
Waterford International Festival of Light Opera is an annual event that has been
held in the Theatre Royal since 1959. It has recently been rebranded as the Waterford
International Festival of Music and now takes place in November.
Waterford Harvest Food Festival takes place annually in September along the Quays.