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Fitzgerald's Pub in Avoca, Co. Wicklow is famous as the 'Ballykissangel pub'. Located in the village of Avoca 9km from Arklow and 20 minutes drive from Glendalough and one hour's drive from Dublin or Rosslare. A great pint of Guinness is guaranteed.
Fitzgerald's Pub in Avoca Co. Wicklow is open all year 7 days a week except Good Friday and Christmas Day. We open from 11am to 11pm for drinks Monday to Saturday and from 12 noon on Sundays. Summer Sunday evenings see the return of live music at Fitzgeralds. We offer traditional Irish food and a great pint of Guinness and a log fire to keep you warm on a cold day or night.
The pub is in the small village of Avoca full of history and heritage. Lots of famous characters have passed through its door over the decades and it was the location for the B.B.C TV series Ballykissangel. (see the pictures of Assumpta Fitzgerald (Dervla Kerwin), Colin Farrell and Stephen Thompkinson on the walls). This was traditionally a copper mining region and the local miners used Fitzgerald's pub for a drink, the mining heritage with its chimneys and engine houses can be seen dotted around the valley. There are walks and activities provided by Avoca Tours which open up the heritage of the copper mines and the Vale of Avoca and beyond, to all. The forested walkways, wildflowers and birds of prey, magnificent churches and the beautiful copper coloured river running through the village, make this one of Ireland's most beautiful locations.
The original Avoca Handweavers Mill is located here and there is a free museum of handweaving. There are lots of places to stay from the oldest hotel in Ireland, the Woodenbridge Hotel, to the many B&Bs and country homes around the village. We are also just a few kilometres from two superb caravan and camping parks, River Valley and Hidden Valley. Glendalough in Wicklow's national park is only a 20 minute drive from Avoca.
The Vale of Avoca was put on the tourist map by Ireland's national poet Thomas Moore in the early 19th Century when he wrote his melody mentioning the 'sweet Vale of Avoca'. And the old courthouse in the village was the workplace of Bram Stoker of Count Dracula fame.