History of Grenhams Funeral Directors


Grenham’s business was first established in Ballinasloe in 1909 when Ellen and Martin Grenham bought a bar and grocery business in Main Street. Today Grenham’s is the oldest business in Ballinasloe. Sadly, Martin Grenham died in 1910 at a young age leaving Ellen a widow to carry on alone. She did this with great courage and tenacity and was eventually joined in the business in the late 1920s by her son Joe.

Over the next four decades Joe expanded the business, becoming a potato and seed merchant’s as well as a supplying building materials and later, fuel. In the early 1940’s his first involvement in undertaking arose by selling coffins through the business where he mounted and lined them. He then started to conduct funerals in the early 1950’s, setting the business on another road that it has followed with great success for over 60 years.

In the late 1970s Joe’s son, Peter joined the undertaking side of the business and worked alongside his father acquiring the skills and developing the business, they purchased a premises in St. Michael’s Square, to be the first funeral home in the town of Ballinasloe. Joe died in 1989 leaving Peter to continue in the undertaking business. Peter’s son-in-law Niall Aylward joined Grenham’s Funeral Directors in 2009 and is now involved in all aspects of the business.

Grenham’s funeral home has just completed an intensive refurbishment bringing it in line with present day funeral requirements. Our newly-refurbished funeral home provides a comfortable and tasteful environment in which to arrange/conduct a funeral or discuss your needs.