Waterford, Ireland - A Rochester Sister City


Waterford, Ireland -Sister City Since 1983

Fáilte romhat chuig ár Cathrach!

Fast Facts
Currency: Euro
Sister city Since: 1983
Language: English, Irish
Population: 50,000
Visa Requirements:
None for less than 90 days

Waterford, Ireland, became Rochester's seventh sister city in 1983. The city of 50,000 is located on the River Suir in southeastern Ireland. Settled by the Norsemen in the 9th century and occupied by the Norsemen in 1170, the city was devastated by the forces of Oliver Cromwell in 1650.

Dominated by Reginald's Tower, a Viking fortress erected in 1003 and now housing a civic museum, modern Waterford is a leading industrial city and seaport which is world famous for its superb Waterford crystal. One of Rochester's leading manufacturers, Bausch and Lomb, has a plant in Waterford.

The city's rich cultural life features the Theater Royal and the Garter Lane Arts Center, and is climaxed each September by the International Festival of Light Opera. For two decades golfers of Waterford and Rochester have held an annual golf tournament to raise funds for charities in the two cities, totaling more than $400,000 by 2008.

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