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GUEST,Paddy(1) Origin: Meeting of the Waters (Thomas Moore) (8) RE: Background info on Meeting of the Waters 05 Apr 00


The following is some more information about "The Meetings of the Waters"

This beautiful valley is situated three miles north of Avoca.The confluence of the Avon Mor and Avonbeg is - where the two rivers, as Moore puts it, meet "like a storm" beneath the shadow of the wooded heights of Kilcarra and Ballyarthur. The location is marked by the remains of what is said to be Thomas Moore's tree and riverside park.

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Going south from Rathdrum, the Avonmore and Avonbeg Rivers join to form the Avoca River, about 3 miles (5 km) north of Avoca village; this is the famous Meeting of the Waters. Overlooking the scene is Castle Howard, from its imposing position on a cliff over the river's eastern bank. Nearby is Tom Moore's tree, where the poet is said to have spent long hours in contemplation. Now it is a stark skeleton, railed off to save it from souvenir-hunters. The Vale of Avoca is especially lovely in late spring, when drifts of white blossom from the wild cherry trees show bright against the green foliage. On either side of the valley the ground rises in little hills, culminating on the western side in a background of mountains. In the valley are valuable deposits of pyrites which were known in pre-Christian times; they contain ores of copper, lead, zinc and sulphur (no longer mined).

In Avoca village a weaving centre is open to the public; its products are internationally renowned.

As a matter of interest, Avoca is better known these days as Ballykissangel (sic) because the TV programme of that name is produced there.

If you put "Avoca Ireland" in any Browser search you will get more information

It is a beautiful area of our little island and one which holds precious memories


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