Dublin florist reveals flowers left for dead as Grafton Street remains deserted on Valentine’s Day

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Grafton Street flower sellers revealed business was quiet this year as people continue to work from home.

Stalls are draped in pretty red and pink roses for Valentine’s Day, but business has been slow compared to other years according to Grafton Street flower seller Catherine Caffey.

She explained: “It’s very quiet. I think it’s because not everyone is back to work in the offices at the moment. So when people come back to the offices, maybe next year it will be better, but this year it’s very quiet.

“We could have them here [the flowers] up to five to six days. We expect everything to last around two weeks.”

Explaining what it feels like when unsold flowers die, Catherine said it was “very hard to watch them”.

The stall owner, who inherited it from her mother and now works there with her daughter, said the table she uses is ‘falling apart’ but it is the last piece of her mother left in the street.

“My mother had been here for 60 years,” Catherine explained.



Catherine Caffey’s Grafton Street Flower Stall



Catherine Caffey at her flower stall on Grafton Street in Dublin smiling at the camera alongside bouquets of colorful flowers
Catherine Caffey at her flower stall on Grafton Street in Dublin

“She’s gone now. She died 17 years ago.”

It was a real family affair at Catherine’s booth on Valentine’s Day as her husband Tony was there with their daughter.

Mocking Tony, Catherine joked: “I think the romance is gone from him now since Covid. I used to wake up and there was a Valentine’s Day card and a note for me, but that didn’t happen to me today.

“There will be no steak for him tonight.”

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