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House in Rathdrum

Avondale House

This fine Palladian mansion surrounded by a marvellous 209-hectare estate was the birthplace and Irish headquarters of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–91), the 'uncrowned king of Ireland' and unquestionably one of the…
in Rathdrum

Organic Market

The village hosts an organic market on the first Sunday of the month during the summer months.
Arts & Crafts in Avoca

Avoca Handweavers

Housed in Ireland's oldest working mill, Avoca Handweavers has been turning out linens, wools and other fabrics since 1723, and a lot of Avoca's much-admired line is produced here. You are free to wander in and out …
Pub in Vale of Avoca


The Meeting of the Waters is marked by a pub, which serves food (mains €10) and has music at weekends year-round. There are céilidh (traditional music and dancing sessions) between 4pm and 6pm Sunday, April to Octob…
Pub Food in Rathdrum

Bates Inn

Housed in a coaching inn that first opened its doors in 1785, this outstanding restaurant puts a premium on exquisitely prepared meat dishes (the chargrilled beef options are particularly good). One of the better op…
Irish in Rathdrum

Strawberry Tree

There's organic, and then there's certified organic – and this elegant restaurant in Brook Lodge is the only one in the country to be classified as such. What it means is that everything on your plate is either grow…