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Wren
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(6/7/03 7:23 pm)

Avoca Handweavers


Help! I was trying to do some research on the web as I'm putting together our final itinerary, and ran into some confusion about the Avoca Handweavers. A friend told me about visiting them in (I think) Avoca, where there are looms set up and the process is explained and demonstrated. When I searched for the web-site, I kept getting sent to the Avoca Handweavers Gardens and shop up near Bray. Are these two separate (related?)sites? I'm more interested in seeing the history and traditions of weaving, rather than mega-shopping. Any suggestions or guidance?




Michele Erdvig
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(6/7/03 10:02 pm)
 
Avoca Handweavers


Hi Wren,

Is it this web site www.avoca.ie/ ? If so, click on "Shops & Locations" and when the map appears click on "Avoca Mill". The locations are close together so be sure to click on the correct one.

The one you want is located in the village of Avoca very close to Woodenbridge. If you get a chance stop by the Woodenbridge Hotel (the oldest in Ireland) and have a fantastic lunch for a great price. Wonderful food and old world atmosphere. The food is good at the Avoca cafe but for value it can't be beat at the Woodenbridge. But if it's a Sunday forget the Woodenbridge as people come for miles around for Sunday lunch and it will be impossible to get in without reservations.

Enjoy your free tour of Avoca Handweavers!

Michele




DebbieK
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(6/7/03 11:03 pm)

Re: Avoca Handweavers


We ended up in Avoca by chance on our trip - we were wandering around on our 'free' day.

We loved going through the Avoca Mills outlet. Very interesting, and the shop there has a ton of stuff, some at very good prices.

When going through town, be sure to drive up towards the church - which is the one in the PBS show Ballykissangel. There is a large parking lot there, and you can walk the short distance from there to the Mill, and or back into town - much easier than trying to find street parking on the narrow road.

enjoy

Debbie



Wren
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(6/8/03 1:03 am)

Thank you


Whew! Thanks for the confirmation that the mill is in Avoca. We'll enjoy our stop there, and if it's lunch time we'll definitely try for the Woodbridge hotel, Michele. We're hoping to keep meal expenses down by eating a late lunch as our major meal on some days, so that would work out well.



Michele Erdvig
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Posts: 1539
(6/9/03 9:11 pm)

Late Lunches


Hi Wren,

One thing to note about eating lunch in Ireland is that lunch is usually served from around noon to approximately 2 or 2:30 (depending on the restaurant). If you want to eat lunch at 3:00 you may not find anything except perhaps a sandwich at a pub. So a late lunch would be 2pm. However, on Sunday lunch usually lasts all afternoon but usually requires a reservation as many Irish families eat out on that day.

Michele







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