About Us

"Play is at the very core of a child's life. It is the way children learn about the environment, the people in their lives, and most of all about themselves. Toys are the tools of creative play and with the right toys, a child can have not only an entertaining, but an enriching experience." - Margarate Ostheimer


Wooden Heart is a family run business on Quay Street, in the heart of Galway’s Latin quarter that has been supplying ethical, safe and high quality wooden toys and unique gifts for over thirty years. We source our toys from over a hundred suppliers worldwide and are constantly seeking to improve our selection. Many of our suppliers are also family-run businesses who to this day manufacture in Europe and are thus able to deliver goods adhering to the highest quality and standards.



Our Values


 Wooden Heart has been striving from it’s beginning to provide children with natural and educationally worthwhile toys, we believe that the greatest gift we can give a child is the gift to explore the world in a safe and imaginative way, that develops the senses and leads to greater understanding of the world.

Well developed senses are the essential foundation for the growth and development of your child, and if the tools or toys that we give children support these senses without overloading them then we can support and guide each child to experience and understand the world more fully. With the right balance of physical movement and creative exploration and play, every child is able to reach their full potential in the world.



Our History


Barbara and Nanke Ulrichs arrived on the west coast of Ireland in 1979 and began the story that is Wooden Heart. From it’s beginning in Loughrea it has grown over the years to become known nationwide as Ireland’s original provider of high quality wooden toys. Always expanding and adapting to ever changing markets while staying faithful to the original aims and values of providing children with the tools for a magical, and creative childhood. Wooden Heart has been providing ethical, safe and robust wooden toys to the Irish market for over thirty years.