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Avoca

Avoca (Irish: Abhóca) is a small town near Arklow, in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is situated on the River Avoca.

The Avoca area has been associated with its famous copper mines for many years and the valley has been immortalised by Thomas Moore in the famous song The Meeting of the Waters. The name of the song derives from the meeting of the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers, about two miles from the village of Avoca. The song is said to have been written under a tree, the stump of which remains by the Meetings.

Avoca is also famous for its handweaving. Avoca Handweavers are based in Avoca.

Avoca was once known as Newbridge. It subsequently became known as Ovoca, and then in Victorian times as Avoca. Ptolemy mentions the river Obhoca on his early map of Ireland. The official name of the village is now Avoca in English and Abhóca in Irish. None of the other names are used today.

Avoca is the village where the BBC series Ballykissangel was filmed. In 1966, Avoca was one of the locations used in the film “Jules Verne’s Rocket to the Moon”.

GPS Coordinates

Latitude 52.857963
Longitude -6.213014

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Ballykissangel

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Avoca village was the filmset for Ballykissangel,  a BBC television drama set in a picturesque irish village of the same name. The original story revolved...

Miners Cross - Avoca

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A TRIBUTE TO AVOCA MINERS Beneath this soil brave mend did toil Each day, each night, each year Mid rock and mud they sweated blood...

Avoca Courthouse & Heritage Centre

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Open All Year Round GPS Coordinates Latitude 52.857604 Longitude -6.213187

The Mottee Stone

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The Mottee Stone is a huge granite boulder, weighing about 150 tons. Owing to its...

Avoca Studio Gallery

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The Avoca Studio Gallery is home to artist Rod Coyne, the Avoca Painting School and...

Knockanree Garden

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Description: This prize winning 1.5ha garden was commenced in 1995 and is comprised of a...
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