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Avoca is a small town near Arklow, in County Wicklow, Ireland. It got its name from the river that passes nearby (about 2 miles from the town itself) - Avoca, which its life as two rivers - the Avonmore and the Avonbeg - joined together at The Meeting of the Waters (or The Vale of Avoca), a Pub overlooks this spot, where you can sit down and enjoy an amazing view of nature and old copper mines in the distance (these are very interesting and nothing as I seen before).
But today this area is mainly know for the Avoca Handweavers, handmade goods company (store and restaurant) as well as for the oldest working woollen mill in Ireland located in its beautiful surroundings (Ballykissangel).
The village itself is a quiet and peacefull place perfect to tour on foot on a sunny afternoon. It is a good place to visit when in County Wicklow (can do a combined tour with Avondale and Glendalough). Bus 133 operates daily on its way to Arklow.
The Glencormac Cypress
In the garden of Avoca Handweavers in Kilmacanogue, you will find this very special tree. It was planted here in 1874 and was planted as an ordinary Monteray Cypress, but it was soon clear that its limbs were weeping rather than upright. This freak mutation meant that a brand new kind of tree was born and that it is the only mature specimen in the world. This tree has been catalogued as "The Glencormac Cypress".
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The Meeting of the Waters
The Meeting of the Waters is a beautiful place located just out of the town of Avoca, which is 40 miles south of Dublin, in County Wicklow.
It is a magical place where the Rivers Avonbeg and Avonmore meet and for the River Avoca.
This place was made famous by a famous Irish Melody written here by Thomas Moore in 1808.
Travel here via the R752. When you see the pub called the Meetings, park here and have a wander.
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a church without a churchyard...
it doesn't seem possible, but I walked entirely around this little village chapel and no, no cemetery at all. None. So you have to look for other details to fulfill your photographic requirements. This rose along an old iron fence isn't such a bad or uninteresting consolation afterall...
beyond what the masses will see...
There's a famous, old weaving mill here, and some of the village bldgs apparently were used as a tv film set years ago...but when you're not so interested in either of those facts, just wander around and see what else catches your eye. Like the shadow of this streetlight against a wall, which looks so Spanish, if you ask me. Even if you don't.
Welcome to Avoca, Co.Wicklow, the home of Ballykissangel, TV show that used to be very popular in Ireland, but since I had no opportunity to watch that in Croatia, didn't mean much to me.
What I did like about the village is that It is so pitoresque, quiet and peaceful . You can see a pub called Fitzgerald's (famous because it was a gathering place of all the characters from the show - of course we had a drink there!) , an Irish Gift Shop, Avoca Gifts and a Post Office. In the distance you can see a church.
You can visit Avoca village, approximately two hours drive from Dublin. It has been a miner's village, but it is more famous for
Avoca Handweavers, established in 1723, Ireland's oldest surviving business. It is a family owned craft design company which had its beginnings at the Old Mill at Avoca, Co.Wicklow where the weavers produced the beautifully woven fabrics which became Avoca's hallmark. Today handweaving still takes place at the Old Mill and they continue to honour the tradition of quality design and craftsmanship in all our products.
Anthony and I have seen some wonderful sweaters, scarves... and the guy who is making it right in front of the tourists!
Actually. you can find the same stuff in "avoca" shops in the very centre of Dublin.
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