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Public Chess Boards installed in Waterford’s historic Cathedral Square



Waterford’s Cathedral Square was abuzz with excitement today as the City & County Council unveiled a series of public chess boards, funded by the Fáilte Ireland Destination Towns initiative.

Coinciding with World Chess Day, members of the Waterford Chess Club were on hand to try out the new equipment, marking an exciting addition to the larger chess installation in the square.

Nestled in the heart of the city centre, Cathedral Square has long been a favoured spot for social gatherings and festivals, and it is hoped the new public chess boards will offer visitors a unique and enjoyable experience, complementing the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Project Manager with Waterford City & County Council, Ali Jay, commented:

“For tourists and local clubs alike, we hope the chess boards provide an opportunity to enjoy an intellectually stimulating game amidst the city’s scenic beauty, adding a unique touch to their visit.”

The tables were made by Keating Fabrication, a local firm who also made the planters on the square.

Chess and draughts pieces are available from the nearby Medieval Museum for a deposit.

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