Avoca Mill Welcomes HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

May 22, 2019

On Tuesday 21stMay 2019, we were honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall on a private tour of our weaving mill in Avoca Village.

As a world-class tourist destination and Ireland’s oldest working mill, HRH took part in a guided tour and enjoyed demonstrations by our master weavers showcasing the weaving process, and what goes in to making a famous AVOCA throw. HRH learned about the history of our 300-year-old mill and how integral it has been to the local community since its origination in 1723. As part of the visit, master weaver Martin Kenny even handed the reigns over to HRH who got involved in the unique weaving process.

Following the tour, HRH attended a reception with dignitaries from our charity partner Camphill Communities of Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland and Wicklow Tourism, along with past and present AVOCA employees who have dedicated over 20 years service to the business. There was a banquet-style lunch for guests to enjoy, including traditional AVOCA favourites such as our renowned baked ham, salads, famous scones and homemade brown bread.

We had such an incredible day and are so proud of our little mill - thank you to everyone who took part and came along, and thank you so much to HRH for visiting us!