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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.
Being very careful to maintain the character of the original 17th century farm yard building, Rory carefully worked with 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 guest of honour at the The Worldwide Ireland Funds Conference in 2012.
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 Tieran, Neil Delamere and Brendan Grace; local and national theatre productions; and live broadcasts from the National Theatre of London.