John P Keogh & Sons
John P Keogh & Sons, which is often referred to as ‘Keogh’s Irish Gifts‘ is also well known as the ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of Oughterard. When you visit the shop you will very soon understand why.
For the visitor to Connemara, this is the ideal place to shop for those traditional souvenirs. Henry has everything you could possibly imagine, as you will discover when you enter. Browse around and if you can not find what you are looking, Henry will be only to delighted to assist you.
Connemara is well known for the John Ford Movie, ‘The Quiet Man‘ and in some ways Henry is like that. In fact, Henry is the perfect gentleman, as you will discover during your visit.
As you enter you will see an array of Irish Gifts and Crafts on display, together with the traditional Aran Sweater, from the Aran Wollen Mills. You will also see the various items from the Genisis range, together with Beleek China. Grandfather Shirts, Tee Shirts, Sweat Shirts and much more are on display around the shop.
Be sure to watch the Ireland Directory Video above and it will give you an insight into what is on offer in John P Keogh & Sons.
Johnny Keogh opened a small shop, in the front part of the present premises, in Oughterard back in 1945. This shop sold drapery and footwear to the local people. Johnny also had a team of excellent tailors who made bespoke suits, upstairs in the shop. Johnny and his wife, Breda who was a nurse, had three children, Henry, Paraic and Conrad.
They renovated the shop and built a large two-storey extension to the rear of the building. This became a clothing factory which was then known as Glann Crafts. Breda and her team designed and made exclusive Irish clothing from wool and tweed in the factory, which was then sold to local shops all over Ireland.
Of course, they also sold these Arans and Tweeds to tourists and for a time, they also had shops in Salthill and Barna. Originally the shop was known as ‘Johnny Keogh’s’ but was renamed ‘John P Keogh & Sons’ when the three boys were born. However it is often referred to as ‘Johnny Keogh’s’ to this day.
Henry, the present owner, began working in the shop in 1983 after finishing his education in St. Paul’s Secondary School, Oughterard. Henry learnt the business from his parents and their invaluable staff. Henry then took over the running of the shop in the early nineties.
When you meet Henry, you will see that he has a true passion for keeping up the family tradition of selling general drapery and footwear to the people of Oughterard. You can see that Henry really enjoys the banter and craic, he has with his customers and nothing is too hard for him.
Henry has kept up the tradition of selling arans and tweeds, however he has also introduced Irish gifts and souvenirs. You will soon discover, upon entering the shop, that Henry has a vast collection, spread over two floors.
In 1993, Henry married his wife Mary and they also have three children, Oisin, Siofra and Bonnie, who on occasions you may spot in the shop.
Be sure to pop into ‘Aladdin’s Cave or ‘Henry and Mary’s Cave’ and either way you will come across some treasure to take back home as a souvenir of your visit to Oughterard and Ireland.
Henry and his family want you to take home memories that one day, may bring you back again.