Waterford is the smallest county in the province of Munster on the south coast of Ireland and it derives its name from the Norsic word 'Vethrafjorthr' - weather haven.
The city of Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland and was founded in 853 by Vikings and used as a naval base. Located by the estuary of the River Suir, the city became the main seaport in the southeast of Ireland and its prosperity was established by local industries.
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Waterford enjoys a glorious coastline with miles of rugged cliffs, safe sandy beaches and charming fishing villages where you can enjoy sea-fresh fish in a choice of first-class restaurants. The charming fishing village of Dunmore East is well worth a visit. Waterford also boasts many attractive seaside resorts - Tramore being the most well known.