Basically a peaceful, green river valley, the Vale of Avoca is the “Meeting of the Waters” where the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers join to form the Avoca River. Pleasant as it is, we’d probably never have heard of it were it not for the 19th-century poet Thomas Moore who wrote, “There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet / As the vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet . . .” Three kilometers (2 miles) away, the charming riverside village of Avoca makes a good stop. Here you can tour the traditional mills where Avoca Handweavers still make their coveted blankets, sweaters, and other beautiful homewares, nearly 300 years after they spun their first looms. You can watch the weavers at work on a free tour of the woolen mill, which also has a wonderful gift shop (of course). The mill is signposted on the R754 road heading north out of the village; the shop is open daily 9am to 6pm in summer, 9:30am to 5:30pm in winter.