A delightful combination of buzzing festivals, history and a thriving foodie scene – Waterford is one of the Irish counties – No to be Missed!
Waterford Politics and Local Government
Colloquially, Waterford is known as The Deise, it is believed that between the fourth and eighth century the tribe of Gaelic people driven from north Kildare and Meath settled in the area. Today the Deise’s ancient principality is conterminous with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lisbmore and Waterford, which includes the southern part of Tipperary. The Drum-Fineen hills separate the Decies without Drum and the Decies within Drum. In the county, there are many ogham stones and megalithic tombs, while the Viking influence is still most visible in one of the oldest buildings, the Reginald’s Tower, which was the first to use the brick and mortar method of building in Ireland.
Waterford County and City Council, since the 1st of June 2014 is the governing authority for the area formed via the merger of the Waterford County Council and the Waterford City Council following the Act2014 Reform Act of the Local Government. In the Republic of Ireland, there are thirty-one LAU 1 entities and each of the local authorities rank equally as an administrative unit. The local authority is responsible for services such as libraries, local roads, collecting automobile taxation, real-estate planning and development, social housing and sanitation.
Waterford remained Ireland’s second city throughout the medieval period with Dublin the first. It was governed from 1642 up to 1649 by an independent Catholic government, which was ended by Oliver Cromwell when he reinstated the county to be under English rule. Huge prosperity was enjoyed by Waterford in the 18th century when the city’s greatest architecture appeared, and the permanent military base was established.
Waterford is the fifth most populated city in the state and the local government’s thirty-second most populous area. Waterford is home to 53.502 people and the metropolitan area population is almost 83.000. Bus services are available across the region and throughout the city, while a regular service to Dublin is offered via bus route 4 provided by Bus Eireann. Only 9km from the city centre the Waterford airport is located and car rentals can be obtained from Enterprise, Hertz, Europcar and Budget. Euro lines operates the daily coach service to the United Kingdom calling at Carmarthen, Kilgetty, Pembroke Dock, Cardiff, London and Pont Abraham. The longest greenway in Ireland is the Waterford Greenway that connects the city with Kilmacthomas, Kilmeaden, Mount Congreve and Dungarvan.
Like the rest of Ireland, Waterford’s climate is mild, lack’s extreme temperatures and has abundant rainfall. The hottest months in the county starts in June to Augusts and with the temperature around 17 up to 22 degrees it is often referred to as the Sunny Southeast. While the county enjoys a great rainfall right through the year, January, December, November and October are the wettest months.
Waterford offers a variety of different transport options including motorways, bus services, rail, daily coach services, car rental, cycling and air.