at Ballymaloe Grainstore
Rory, son of Myrtle Allen, is first and foremost a farmer but always had a passion for music. As his son, Darren, took more responsibility for the farm Rory had more time to give to music. He started organising music weeks in Ballymaloe where he would invite musicians to play to guests in the drawing room. This led to the dream of building a venue suitable for music concerts but being right next door to Ballymaloe House and Restaurant it also made sense to have a building suitable for weddings, corporate events and parties.
17th century farm yard building
Being very careful to maintain the character of the original 17th-century farmyard building, Rory carefully worked with the architect, Jilly Ferrera, to convert The Grainstore, previously used for the storage of wheat, tractors and other farm machinery, into the multi-purpose venue it is today.
Since its completion in 2010, it has hosted an impressive range of events, from weddings to festivals and craft fairs. President Bill Clinton even attended the Grainstore as a guest of honour at The Worldwide Ireland Funds Conference in 2012.
A Hub for Quality Entertainment
The Grainstore has become a hub for quality entertainment, presenting musicians such as Phil Coulter, Finbar Furey, Donovan, Sharon Shannon, Cara O'Sullivan, Julie Feeney, Hermitage Green and Jack L; leading comedians including Tommy Tiernan, Neil Delamere and Brendan Grace; local and national theatre productions; and live broadcasts from the National Theatre of London.