The Vale of Avoca Welcome Home Week is a weeklong festival celebrating the works of national poet Thomas Moore along with the long running local mining heritage in order to encourage those with Avoca roots to return for the celebrations. Thomas Moore wrote some of his famous poetry under a tree at the picturesque Meetings of the Waters where a memorial park in his namesake now stands.
Avoca also has a long mining history dating back to the 1700's mining copper. There are currently 5 engine houses still standing with open cast mining sites. This festival will include Thomas Moore - Percy French show, mining re-enactments, local GAA team playing past members that have moved away, 'trace your roots' events to include births & deaths register, graveyard tours, local school past registers, fishing competitions, open days, a mining museum, visit to Howard Clarke Gardens, past pupils displays, local walking tours and much more.
If you are a person who has moved away or a member of your family was originally from Avoca we welcome you back to enjoy the local heritage and picturesque Valley stretching from The Meetings of the Waters down to The Woodenbridge.