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    Crystal Ball

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: One of the things in the movie that they show you before you take the tour of the Waterford plant is the crystal ball that ushers in the New Year in Times Square. Having never been in Times Square at New Years - only having seen it on TV, I had never thought about what kind of ball would be dropped. I still don't know why Waterford in Ireland should have been involved.

    The Waterford factory's involvement with the Times Square New Years Eve started with the fourth ball for the millenium. An entirely new ball was constructed. Measuring 6 feet in diameter, the fourth ball was covered with 504 crystal triangles provided by Waterford Crystal, illuminated externally with 168 halogen light bulbs, and internally with 432 light bulbs of clear, red, blue, green and yellow colors along with strobe lights and spinning mirrors. Many of the triangles were inscribed with messages of a certain theme, such as “Hope for Fellowship,” “Hope for Wisdom,” “Hope for Unity,” “Hope for Courage,” “Hope for Healing,” and “Hope for Abundance.”

    In 2001, the ball's crystals were engraved with the names of organizations who assisted during the September 11 attacks and the nations who were affected by the event. On December 31, 2006 for New Year's Eve 2007, the fourth ball, which was newly rigged with light-emitting diodes was dropped for the last time. A duplicate of the fourth ball, also made in 1999, is on permanent display here at the Waterford Crystal Factory.

    In honor of the Ball Drop's 100th anniversary, a fifth ball debuted for New Year's Eve 2008. Once again manufactured by Waterford Crystal. The fifth ball was only used once and has been on permanent display at Macy's in Herald Square since.

    For New Year's Eve 2009, the simplistic design of the Centennial Ball was maintained, but doubled in size with a new sixth ball. The sixth ball is a icosahedral geodesic sphere. Since 2009, the ball remains on the flagpole over One Times Square year-round. Every December 31 at 11:59 p.m. EST, the ball descends 77 feet and then a sign lights up with the digits of the new year, as the ball's lights turn off at the same time.

    Crystal Ball from the movie Another photo of the ball Crystal ball not illuminated collage of photos from the movie another photo taken during the movie
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    Extravagant Crystal

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: It seems that whenever I am taking a trip with a grandchild, we always somehow end up at a glass factory. The grandson I took to the Med went with me to the Murano glass factory and bought his folks a present. The granddaughter I took to the Baltic went to Hadeland Glassworks in Norway. And for my grandson that I took to Ireland, this is one of the places where we went. The glassmaking process is very interesting for them, and the guide usually points out the more expensive and/or famous examples of their work.

    Cinderella's coach French and German, Formula I Grand Prix Trophies and photos of recipients Tennis Masters trophy (center)
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    Free Guide Books and Leaflets

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Aug 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: You will find tons of information on various things to see and do in and around Waterford in the free mini guidebooks and leaflets that are available in the pubs and hotels throughout the City and County.

    For example, this morning I had breakfast at a local pub and while I was there I picked up the following free brochures - A Restaurant guide which featured restaurants in all of the South East of Ireland with a little write up on each, pictures, and contact details; a pub guide similar to the restaurant guide; a leaflet detailing the bands playing in the pub we were in; a leaflet about a local sea safari; and another leaflet about Classical music events in a historic local cathedral.

    There's a great deal of information in these booklets that you won't find in the better known guideboooks - plus, they have a lot of local input which is a huge plus.

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    Local Radio

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Feb 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Looking at the tip guides I am unsure whether or not I am posting this tip in the right place - let's see.

    For visitors to the City it would be a good idea to tune into Waterford Local Radio (WLR FM) (broadcasting on 97.5 FM). This is a locally owned and locally run station and broadcasts a lot of interesting and useful local information, to include historical stories, information on local gigs, traffic information, interviews with local celebrities and dignatories etc.

    There's another local station, Beat FM, but that concentrates more on modern music than talk or information shows.

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    Nestled in the Southeast of...

    by shiran_d Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Nestled in the Southeast of Ireland, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Wexford.

    Fondest memory: Seen the statue of John Barry the first US naval commodor.
    Born in Tacumshane, County Wexford, Ireland in 1745, John Barry, a man of large stature at six feet four inches, settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the American Colonies of England in 1760.

    There he served as a popular and successful merchant ship Captain for many shipping houses.

    When the American Revolution began the connections he gained through his popularity paid off and he was assigned to outfit the first ships of the Continental Navy for the rebelling Americans.

    In early 1776, commanding the brig Lexington, he defeated the tender H.M.S. Edward and took her into Philadelphia. She was the first English prize taken to that city in the war. Barry was then given the command of a new frigate Effingham, 36 guns, being built in Philadelphia.
    While she was building Barry offered to serve in the Army. He was taken as aide-de-camp to General John Calawader, a former business associate, taking part as a result in the Trenton and Princeton operations. After the port of Philadelphia was taken by the British, requiring the scuttling of the not yet complete Effingham, Barry commanded a flotilla of small craft and gunboats in the Delaware River. During the winter of 1777-1778, that flotilla raided British shipping from Philadelphia in an effort to disrupt and blockade British supply and communication capturing numerous vessels and supplies.

    Captain Barry returned to sea as commander of the frigate Raleigh in 1778.

    In an action at the mouth of the Penobscot River that year he lost the Raleigh in a gallant action against the British razee ship of the line Experiment, 54 guns, and the frigate Unicorn. Barry, together with a third of his crew, reached shore and escaped.

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    Nobbe's General Tip

    by Nobbe Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The Vikings called this place Vadrafjord (hence the English name Waterford). The City was later extended by the Anglo Normans, rendering it Ireland's most powerful city at this time.

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