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Kelly commends growing international appreciation for Waterford

Published: Fri, 12 January 2024

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Sean Kelly, MEP for Ireland South, has described recent accolades bestowed on Waterford City as recognition of the city’s “beautiful natural resources and historical richness”. MEP Kelly added that residents “should be very proud of the growing international appreciation for what Waterford offers.”

The city was officially awarded the prestigious title of European City of Christmas 2024 as well as being the only Irish destination featured in The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go” list for 2024.

“I was delighted to see Waterford’s acknowledgment as the European City of Christmas 2024, it really is a testament to the city’s extraordinary commitment to its cultural identity and heritage. Adding to this the recognition by the New York Times, Waterford’s tourism sector will be go from strength to strength. Waterford City and County Council also deserve a lot of credit, for the Winterval festival in particular.”

Waterford was granted the title after its successful hosting of Winterval, the country’s premier Christmas festival, which attracted a record-breaking attendance of 700,000 people over six weeks. Waterford now joins the esteemed European Christmas City Network, supported by the European Parliament, showcasing the city’s dedication to promoting European cultural diversity.

The New York Times highlighted Waterford’s historical treasures, including the Viking Triangle, Reginald’s Tower, and various museums. Kelly added that, “blending historical richness with natural landscapes, it no surprise to see Waterford’s increasing standing among international destinations”.

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