waterford tourism news Mount Congreve Garden opening

Waterford tourism news | Further awards success for BVOF’s Orfeo ed Euridice

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival was delighted to win Best Opera in the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards last week, for our 2022 production of Orfeo ed Euridice. This prize adds to the production’s growing collection of awards and nominations which includes nominations across three categories in the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2022. Presentations were made at the Theatre Royal, Waterford last Sunday 26th February.  The Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards celebrate the diversity, scale, and quality of Waterford’s theatre, Arts and cultural scene. During this glitzy awards season event in the Theatre Royal, Pat McEvoy’s Green Room Award winners were revealed alongside a highly entertaining variety show, putting Waterford talent in the spotlight.

Waterford tourism news… Elsewhere in Waterford this week, the county celebrated the re-opening of the stunning Mount Congreve Estate in Kilmeaden after its multi-million euro redevelopment. ‘Ireland’s Global Garden’ was officially opened by Minister Catherine Martin (Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media) and Minister Heather Humphreys (Rural and Community Development).

With seven million euro invested in its redevelopment, it is the largest single investment in a tourist project in Waterford’s history and a major boost for the county’s rural tourism industry. BVOF is delighted to see this treasured local amenity reopened for all to enjoy and, less than an hour from Lismore, we hope that our visiting audiences will be able to include it in their itinerary.

A trip was also paid to Dungarvan this week by the BVOF team, to the Rural Tourism Networking Event in the Park Hotel on Tuesday 28th February. A fabulous opportunity to share ideas and insights and the latest Waterford tourism news, the occasion brought together five Waterford rural networks including the Blackwater Valley, Waterford Estuary, An Gaeltacht and the Copper Coast.