The Vale of Avoca, aka Ballykissangel
Pub time, just as we pulled into the shoreline town of Arklow, specifically Howey’s Bridge Bar & Guest Rooms. We were in search of the Vale of Avoca, hoping to recreate one of Mom and dad Ward’s pictures. We met some friendly locals and the barkeep used his phone to call Cherrybrook Guest House in Avoca,” just downhill on Beach Road.” to make our B&B reservation. Hooray! We finished our pints, and headed out the door.
Well, after several turn-arounds, we finally found Beach Road and just 4 miles (Not really!) later, the B&B, Cherrybrook House! It was our hostess that asked if we ever heard of the PBS show, Ballykissangel. Turns out, our spot to recreate the Vale of Avoca picture was also the location where the TV show was filmed. Downhill we trudged to Fitzgerald’s Pub. Inside, the walls were covered with plaques, each displaying the TV Show characters! They did not, however, serve food and by now we were past hungry….we were HANGRY! The bar miss said go ahead across the street to Hedley’s ( also on the show) and get some fish & chips and bring them back here to eat. So we did! We spent the rest of the evening in pleasant conversation until the yawning started. We marched SLOWLY back uphill just before last call. Next morning, after a great breakfast in a pretty glass sunroom, surrounded by the garden, we drove back downhill to Avoca to take our tourist pictures, Fitzgerald’s, Hedley’s and The Church! We took a final photo of the Vale from the bridge, just as Mom and dad did in 1984.
Now onto to our last destination, Powerscourt Gardens!