Welcome to our about page, learn how it all started and where we aim to get to!

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
Sofia Loren

After qualifying in Environmental Science I worked with spirited young people and adults, in the fields of conservation, habitat management, life skills and outdoor pursuits. I also delivered workshops fusing Graffiti Art/Music Production/DJ Skills and Breakdancing, developing intervention programs, training courses and qualifications designed to help people move forward in life.

When my friend Grizzly Dan introduced me to surfing, I got the bug and moved to Ireland in 2010 to be nearer to the ocean. Making Westport my base in the process. Having looked at setting up 'Westport Photography Tours' in 2012, the Gallery space was originally identified as a base for my photography and tours, I ended up being busy with other things at that time and in late 2014, still wondering what I was doing, I softly opened The Gallery.
THE mission
To create a homely space that promotes ethically sourced food and naturally made wine. To use my business to support small-scale growers and producers and help to promote kindness and equality, and to support indigenous tribespeople across the world, by raising awareness through activism and education, events, projects and my podcast series.
Until I took it on, the Gallery building was empty, empty from the time it was built, a relic of the Celtic Tiger days and a tombstone of greed. Now it nestles in the thriving Brewery Place, an ode to the brewery that used to be in the old white building (an old IRA safehouse) next to the car park. The car park itself used to be an orchard, fitting then, that I stock local apple juice, and keeved cider along with my wines.
Around 2015, I discovered natural wines and committed to only selling organic/biodynamic/natural wines, becoming the first bar in Ireland to specifically do so in the process. I also do my best to stock and support local products and small-scale producers, as well as a few tasty treats from people I meet on my travels. Some of which are only available here in Ireland, in my bar.
Outdoor Peace Garden
In 2020 I opened the garden area, a place to sit and relax, in a quiet and private location. It's also a great place to be able to store your bike safely whilst you have a look around Westport or read a book from our free mini library. There is a pizza oven and BBQ area if you wish to gather a few friends and organise your own pizza/BBQ night too - hire it for your outdoor gathering, it is covered and waterproof with plenty of space all to yourself. Call us for more information or use the contact page to get in touch.
Tom's Podcast
The Gallery Podcast series covers all kinds of informative, exciting and memorable topics, taking you all over the world to meet fascinating people, in extraordinary places, doing wonderful things. Join us each month as we adventure together, who knows where we will end up?
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