Fantastic food in a spectacular setting best desribes this wonderful little pub in Avoca village. Since 1986 The Kelly Family have owned Fitzgerald’s Pub ‘The Most Famous Pub in Ireland’. Famous more recently for ‘Ballykissangel’ and ‘Zonad’ which were filmed on location here, but famous for the people who have visited this pub over the years.
Previously known as “The Fountain Hotel & Bar” the pub was visited by Walt Disney, Mae West, the Queen of Tonga, Herman Linders, JM Singe, Thomas Moore and John Bechamenduring the last century! It has over 200 years of history and holds a tale or two from the many miners who passed through its doors. It has been known as Fitzgerald’s since 1996.
It has only been known as ‘Fitzgerald’s’ since 1996. During the filming of the hugely successful BBC TV Drama ‘Ballykissangel’ the on screen owner of the pub was known as Assumpta Fitzgerald, played by Irish actress, Dervla Kirwan and so The Fountain Bar sign was covered over for filming with the name ‘Fitzgerald’s’. Given the huge following the drama had across the world tourists began flocking to Avoca to see the beautiful village & their first search was for “Fitzgerald’s”! So the owners allowed the temporary sign to remain up & it has done so ever since! To the locals though, it is simply Kelly’s or “The Fountain”.
Fitzgerald’s pub is a featured lunch stop on the Day Tour of Wicklow, if you’d like to know more about the Day Tour of Wicklow or to book a tour check out the website – Coach Tours of Ireland.