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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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The Mottee Stone

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The Mottee Stone is a huge granite boulder, weighing about 150 tons. Owing to its prominent location, the stone has been a well-known landmark in...

Avoca Handweavers & Mill at Avoca Village

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Built on the banks of the Avoca River from where it used to draw its power, you'll find a large Avoca Store and Café and...

Avoca Studio Gallery

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Avoca Gallery The Avoca Gallery is an exhibition space, artist studio and home to Avoca...

The Avoca Mines

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Mining played an important role in the history of Avoca. Today the remains of seven...

Ashton House

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Ashton Guest House is a luxury house in the vale of Avoca, location for the...

Avoca

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