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The handweaving mill in Avoca is reportedly Ireland's oldest mill and also its oldest surviving business. In 1723 the mill was at the center of a small community and as used for grinding grain for bread and also spinning and weaving wool. It was built on the banks of the relatively fast-flowing Avoca River on which was built a water wheel. The newest development came in 1760 when a new type of loom greatly sped up the weaving process. The Fly Shuttle loom could weave up to 60 feet of cloth a day. These looms are still used today by handweavers at the mill, and remains the quickest method of handweaving. During the 1920s three sisters inherited the mill, which had become terribly run down, but they renovated and began selling the famous Avoca tweeds all over the world; even royalty purchased their products. It wasn't terribly successful, however, and was again purchased by a man and his wife. This family still runs the mill, which provides free tours to visitors during summer months. There is some beautiful traditional architecture and gardens at the mill.

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