After we finished in the Long Room of the Old Library (and take a look at the Trinity Long Room Hub, the Arts and Humanities Research Institute of Trinity College Dublin), we reconnoitered our morning and then went our own ways for the afternoon – some went to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) while others went to Christ Church Cathedral. I went to the Avoca Café for lunch and to catch up on my Irish Independent reading, postcard writing, and prepping for tomorrow’s class and excursions.
The year I lived in Limerick as a Fulbright Scholar, I often visited the beautiful Avoca shop and restaurant – close to Bunratty Castle (where a friend serves as Music Director for the Banquet evenings organized for tourists, but that’s another story). It was a lovely, short drive in a spectacular setting in Co. Clare along the River Shannon, and a favorite outing, several times a month. Sometime in the next few years, I read that the bespoke building had burned to the ground – faulty wiring or perhaps, something more sinister. But, there are several other Avoca’s – there is a nice one in Dublin.
The shop is not as posh as it used to be (nothing here is; the 2008 crash really took its toll) but the food is still delicious and farm to table. I had a simple crab salad with green apples, radishes, carrots and tomatoes atop homemade toasted brown bread. A cup of tea, a newspaper, and a few hours in the sun – reading, writing and thinking – a lovely day.