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  • Thomas Francis Meagher
    Thomas Francis Meagher
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  • Swimming Club
    Swimming Club
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  • Along the coast near Tramore
    Along the coast near Tramore
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    Guillamene Swimming Area

    by Dabs Written Oct 25, 2009

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    We headed out of Waterford going west along the coastal road and we stopped to take in the view at the Guillamene Swimming Club in Tramore, formerly a men's only place to swim but now anyone crazy enough to jump in appears to be welcome. There's a platform and stairs to help you get back out of the water, my husband might be a bit daft but he stayed nice and dry along with me at this stop.

    Swimming Club Along the coast near Tramore

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    Statue of Thomas Francis Meagher

    by Dabs Written Oct 25, 2009

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    Close to Reginald's Tower, there is a statue of Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-1867) who was born in Waterford. He came to national prominence during Daniel O'Connell Repeal Movement. It was Meagher who introduced the green, white and orange tricolor that would go on to become Ireland's flag, the white in the center signifying a truce between the "green" Irish Catholics and the "orange" Irish Protestants.

    After the abortive 1848 Young Ireland uprising, he was shipped to Tasmania and later escaped to America where he became a citizen and Civil War hero as the commander of the Irish Brigade.

    Thomas Francis Meagher

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    The Bla

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Jul 30, 2007

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    The bla is a soft round floury bread roll that is unique to County Waterford. The best way to eat them is when they have come fresh from the bakery first thing in the morning, dripping with melting real butter.

    A favourite treat is the rasher bla, which consists of one of these floury breads soaked in butter and filled with freshly grilled rashers of bacon.

    I once had an office beside a deli and spent a year eating rasher blas for breakfast - I've never managed to lose all the weight I put on that year;-)

    The best places to buy these delicacies are at gas stations with delis, or small local supermarkets with delis.

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    Eat a Blaa

    by orlikins Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    A what?

    A Blaa is a type of white bread roll, very heavy on the flour and it is unique to Waterford. (Or should I say "Waaaaaatherfurd"!?!).

    You really wont find it anywhere else in Ireland. It's very tasty and filling. Cafe Bia (see my restaurant tip) offer blaas with a variety of fillings.

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    Local college

    by orlikins Written Jan 7, 2003

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    There is a 3rd level Institute of Technology here, very popular with Irish students. They also take Erasmus exchange students as well, so if you get the opportunity to study in Waterford for the semester/year, take it! :)

    Waterford student union from wit.ie

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