Waterford is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic cities. Its strategically located and picturesque harbor has been the avenue for almost all the major invasions of Ireland – Celts, Viking, Norman, and English. Much of local history is also key to Ireland's story most notably the Norman invasion Initially led by Strongbow the invasion was copper-fastened by Henry II taking control of Ireland, with Papal approval and that was accomplished in Waterford. The results of that event are still unfolding to day. The resultant mix of cultures at Waterford has given the city some unique characteristics and talents which have been the crucible for its greatest industry – Waterford Crystal – now a world brand. The fine crystal is to Waterford what whisky is to the Scottish highlands and more. Waterford City is a splendid blend of old and new and the major eras of its 1000-year history are well represented by many buildings from all those periods. This is especially apparent in the Danish or Viking Quarter with its narrow streets, sturdy churches, cozy pubs and, above all, its hearty people: you are assured a warm Irish welcome.