Published 25/09/2012 | 14:40
THE new Avoca store, food hall and café will open its doors for the first time at the revamped Malahide Castle and grounds on October 2, it has been confirmed.
In a statement from Avoca on the new development which will create dozens of new jobs for the town, the company said: 'We're excited about the opening of our new store, food hall and café in the gorgeous grounds of Malahide Castle in October. 'It's part of an ambitious redevelopment plan by Fingal County Council that will see the castle and its wonderful gardens reemerge as one of the top visitor destinations in the country.' The company added: ' The castle itself, the oldest parts of which date from the 12th century, is being upgraded from both a tourism and mobility aspect with revamped paths and signage, and a more direct, picturesque route through the centre of the park that was originally the main path that connected the castle to Malahide Village in medieval times. 'The Secret Walled Gardens with a beautiful Victorian glass house are also being reopened. These gardens have remained unseen by the public since the castle was handed over to the State in the 1970s.' On its own part of the development, Avoca said: 'The new Avoca Store and Cafe is in the courtyard, at the back of the castle, incorporating old stone-walled outhouses and is adjacent to the ruins of Malahide Abbey, with a lovely view out onto the gardens – something we cherish at our locations. 'We are starting to put the team together for this exciting new venture, so please check our jobs and vacancies pages if you are interested in retail or food positions.; Malahide Chamber of Commerce is equally excited about the development and has a team of its members working alongside the council and Shannon Heritage, who will manage the revamped castle and grounds, to make sure the €10 million development becomes a major attraction in the town.