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Waves of Tramore

Waves of Tramore

Irish Legends

Tramore, (Irish: Trá Mhór, meaning "big strand/beach") is a seaside town in County Waterford on the southeast coast of Ireland. The town is situated on the north-western corner of Tramore Bay on a hill that slopes down to the strand, or sand spit, that divides the bay. Behind the spit lies the tidal lagoon known as the Back Strand.
Tramore is inextricably linked to the sea through legend and lore. On 30 January 1816, the Sea Horse, a military transport ship with the 2nd battalion of the 59th Regiment of Foot was wrecked in Tramore Bay. 292 men, 71 women and children perished. Later, the Sea Horse was adopted as the symbol of the town of Tramore, and was later adopted as the logo for Waterford Crystal in 1955. From the sea, Tramore Bay looks like a safe haven in the Waterford estuary, but it is not. After the tragedy, Lloyd's of London funded the building of pillars—visible from the sea--including the erection of the ‘Metal Man’, to prevent similar calamities.
Designer, Tom Cooke, who spent many happy childhood moments in Tramore, has endeavored to include in the design of this collection the iconic pillars, round capped sand dunes, rolling waves lapping against the beach and turn of the tide of this natural world. Three rings of cuts around the bottom, a nod to innocence of an earlier time and the difficulties of balancing natures powerful effects on our lives, complete the design.

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