Waterford is the primary city of the South East region, and the fifth largest in the Republic of Ireland. Founded in 914 AD, by the Vikings, it is Ireland's oldest city.
Reginald's Tower, named after the city's founder, Regnall, is the oldest urban civic building in Ireland, and the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. It is to this day Waterford's most recognisable landmark.
The River Suir flows through Waterford city and has provided the basis for Waterford's long maritime history. Waterford Port has been one of Ireland's major ports for over a millennium. Today, Waterford is synonymous with Waterford Crystal the world over, a legacy of one of the city's most successful and enduring industries, glass making. Glass, or crystal, has been manufactured in the city since 1783.
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The climate of Waterford is like the rest of Ireland. It is mild and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. Waterford is often referred to as the Sunny Southeast. The hottest months of the year are June, July and August with temperatures of around 19 - 21 degrees. Waterford is also one of the cities with the most sunshine in Ireland. Waterford gets rainfall all year round and the wettest months are October, November, December and January.