Ice House Ballina, County Mayo: Pier Restaurant

Ice House Ballina, Pier Restaurant, County Mayo Building, Ireland, Photo, Design, Image

Ice House in Ballina, County Mayo

Pier Restaurant in Ireland – design by Smith and Kennedy Architects

14 Sep 2010

Ice House – County Mayo Hotel

Design: Smith and Kennedy Architects


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The Ice House in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland, has been winning awards since its opening three years ago and added another to its collection at the Irish Restaurant awards last month.

Praised for its stunning design, which has brought a contemporary edge to this historic building that once stored the ice for what was then Ireland’s principal sea port, The Pier restaurant at the Ice House boasts stunning views across the River Moy to the woods opposite, from a breathtaking glass atrium.

The Pier Restaurant at Ice House:
Ice House Ireland Ice House Ballina Pier Restaurant at Ice House Pier Restaurant Ballina
Ice House in Ballina photographs received 2010

A team of leading architects from Smith and Kennedy Architects (SKA), a well-known architect practice based in Dublin, were behind the stunning concept which now attracts national and international visitors.

A number of artists were also involved in the design – Charles Tyrrell, a renowned painter from Ireland whose work has featured at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Martin Gale, a realist painter whose work is represented at the Arts Council of Ireland and Bank of Ireland and John Devlin, a Dublin-born artist who worked as a well-known illustrator in the USA and now creates super-realistic paintings.

General manager Claire O’Sullivan said, “We’re thrilled to receive this recognition which is a testament to the skill and creativity that went into the design but is also a credit to the team here which ensures the vision is fully brought to life by delivering excellent food and wine and attentive and friendly service for all our guests.

“The Pier restaurant is already well-known locally, regionally and nationally here but we’re now attracting more UK visitors than ever before, thanks to easy access via Knock airport from a host of regional UK departure airports plus great flight deals and I’m confident that guests will find the restaurant lives up to their expectations and is an integral and enjoyable part of their experience at the Ice House.”

Prices start from £60 per person sharing, including breakfast, based on the Midweek Madness two-night package, with one dinner and champagne reception also included.

For Pier restaurant bookings call 00 353 96 23 500 or visit

Other awards and listings for Ice House include:

– 2 AA Rosette for Pier Restaurant 2010
– Penfolds Best Connacht Restaurant in the Food & Wine Awards 2009
– The Irish Golf Tour Operator (IGTOA) Small Hotel of the Year Award 2009
– New Member of the Bridgestone Guide 2010 by John & Sally McKenna
– Best Newcomer in the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards 2009
– Chill Spa Nominated for Best Service in Tatler’s Spa Awards 2009
– Proud Member of Irelands Blue Book
– Conde Nast Traveller Hot List 2008

Ice House Ballina images / information received 140910


Ice House in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland, is offering e-architect readers a complimentary glass of Champagne to enjoy in one of the outdoor hot tubs overlooking the River Moy, when you stay at this stunning boutique hotel with award-winning design. Enjoy dining in The Pier restaurant, relax at the Chill Spa, or visit the nearby attractions including some of Ireland’s best beaches.

Deluxe rooms start from just £68* per person sharing and boast panoramic floor-to-ceiling riverside views, bespoke contemporary furniture and an Apple iPod TV, plus stylish bathrooms with polished stone sinks. For bookings call 00 353 96 23 500 or visit and quote e-architect to receive your free glass of bubbly.

* Price may fluctuate with rate of exchange. Based on 80 Euros per person sharing.

Location: Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland

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