House of Waterford Crystal & the Aer Lingus College Football Classic

waterford-release2The House of Waterford Crystal will manufacture the Game and Coach’s trophies, for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic Game, to be held in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in 2016.

Boston College vs. Georgia Tech will compete for the Keough-Naughton College Football Trophy and the Coach’s Award, which will be presented at the end of the game to the respective winners.

The Keough-Naughton College Football Trophy was designed by Matt Kehoe, Head of Design at Waterford Crystal and hand crafted at the Waterford factory based in Ireland. The trophy is an American Football mounted on three individual sculpted pillars of crystal, resting on a beautiful base and plinth. Matt’s concept for the trophy was a ball in flight and the pillars represent the players’ arms catching the ball. The trophy is a fantastic addition to Waterford Crystals collection of World Famous sports trophies.

waterford-coachesThe Coach’s Award, which is a masterful replicate of an American Football Helmet, was designed by Billy Briggs. He captured the true classic shape of the American Football Helmet. The design, sparkle and quality reflect the unique design and craftsmanship of Waterford Crystal. The diamond cutting across the surface of the helmet allows the light to catch it, in order to create the magical sparkle, associated with Waterford Crystal.

Waterford Crystal has a long tradition providing trophies for leading sporting events and is delighted to be associated with the Aer Lingus College Football Classic.

The factory located in the centre of Waterford City, welcomes over 180,000 visitors who witness the manufacture of crystal stemware, giftware and masterpieces, right before their eyes, in the heart of the factory.

The factory tour is a unique and captivating experience that enthrals visitors of all ages, both national and international. The guided factory which takes approx. 1 hour, allows visitors witness each and every stage of production. They see exactly how Waterford Crystal pieces, are crafted from the initial design stage right up to the final engraving of the piece.

Every year the House of Waterford Crystal melts more than 750 tonnes of crystal, using traditional and leading edge manufacturing techniques.

On completion of the tour, visitors can experience over 12,000 sq. ft. of crystal heaven in the largest retail and brand showcase of Waterford Crystal in the World.