Caffreys Gallery, Garden Street, Ballina, Co.Mayo
Caffreys Gallery is located in the heart of Ballina in Co. Mayo. This unique retail outlet specialises in Irish made craft and design. Ranging from jewellery and ceramics, to original oil paintings and wall prints, they are proud to house a collection of some of Ireland’s best contemporary artists. In addition to this, they also offer a first class, bespoke picture framing and design service.
Just like Aladdin’s cave, once you come through the doors of Caffreys Gallery you are truly transported into a world of wonder. Caffreys have access to some of the country’s most talented craftspeople. The assortment of art, craft and design showcased in store makes this one of the most unique retail outlets in Ireland.
Ernie and Miriam Caffrey, run and operate this shop and gallery. As they are a father and daughter duo, Caffreys is a true Irish family business. Ernie, a successful businessman, Miriam has had a successful career in ceramics, and it is her love of art and design that has really allowed the business to flourish into what it is today.
Check out the video below to discover the story behind Caffery’s Gallery.
A Presidential Connection
Caffrey’s Gallery now stands on the former home of President Joe Biden’s great, great, great-grandfather Edward Blewitt, who lived in the house on Garden St in the 1820s. A brick maker and entrepreneur in Ballina, until like many other Irish at the time of the famine, he and his family emigrated to America. (Read more about the presidential visit and his connection to Ballina)
All that remains of the former home of Blewitt, is part of a stone wall and fire place which is located in the yard at the back of where the shop now stands. It is from the fireplace that Ernie took the brick and had it mounted, so he and Miriam could give a piece of President Biden’s ancestral home to back to him.
A trip to this hidden gem is a trip that you will not forget during your visit to North Mayo. While you are here, check out our guide to other things to do in the area.