Waterford is located on the sunny south-east coast of Ireland. It is known affectionately as the Deise, derived from the Gaelic tribe that settled there around the fourth century. Waterford city is the oldest city in Ireland, having been founded by the Vikings in 914. Throughout the Middle Ages, Waterford was Ireland's second city, and continues as a key commercial and cultural centre in Ireland today.
Although the name Waterford is linked throughout the world with its famous, hand-cut crystal, the diversity of its culture and history can be seen by the castles, churches, and civic buildings throughout the city and county. From the heritage town of Lismore in the west, to the seaside resort of Tramore in the east, Waterford is characterised by the welcome its people give to visitors.
Colm Long lectured in Engineering for over 35 years. Since his retirement from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2010 he has devoted much of his time to his love of Waterford history. His first book, Random Waterford History, was published in 2013. The Waterford News and Star described it as containing "the most random and fascinating pieces of Waterford History" while the Munster Express stated "open the book on any page and it will be an informative pleasure". He has also used social media to bring the history of Waterford to life and his methods have ensured that people worldwide are familiar with the history of Ireland's oldest city.