The Bread & People behind Firehouse Bakery

Firehouse Bakery


Some time ago the fires of the communal village ovens used to roar as village folk would sit and wait for their loaves to rise, for the crust to form and crackle and burst. The communal ovens are long gone but we want to bring the joys of real bread back. It is a skill that is being lost and we want to reignite it.

At Firehouse Bakery each loaf is hand crafted. We use only the best local ingredients, no additives or preservatives here. Using extended proving times this is real bread, the healthier tastier alternative.

Throughout the day our wood fired clay oven continues to turn out sweet and savoury treats. Whether it be a crusty sourdough, authentic soda bread or indulgent pastry we are sure to find something to tempt you.

On your next visit to Heir Island come by and say hello, pick yourself up a loaf or simply sit back and enjoy one of our beautiful stone baked pizzas, we can even deliver.

At the Firehouse a smiling face is always waiting.


About Patrick Ryan

Images After completing a degree in corporate law at NUI Galway, and a summer working in Greece I opted to exchange law books for chef knives and undertook a 2 year course in professional cookery at GMIT.

Having completed my training under the guidance of Michelin starred chef Kevin Thornton at Thornton's Restaurant in Dublin I spent a year travelling the world during which time I worked in Sydney Australia.

Whilst on my travels through Fiji my path crossed with Duncan Glendinning which after some wining and dining on my return home I decided to move to Bath, where I have spent the last 4 years as head baker helping to set up The Thoughtful Bread Companyand to establish it as an award winning artisan bakery.

Patrick RyanBefore leaving Bath I starred in the BBC2 programme "the big bread experiment" produced by KEO films – A three-part series following a unique social experiment with one ambition - to reunite a community through bread.

Bread Revolution BookI  published my first book "Bread Revolution" in 2012 co written with Duncan Glendinning, which aims to reintroduce people to the wonderful word of real bread and to get people baking again. Bread Revolution has been translated into both Dutch and Italian.

I have completed filming a collection of short videos with Lisa Faulkner (winner of celebrity master chef 2010) which are to form part of The BBC'S food website How to Cook Videos produced by Fresh One. From time to time you will find me cooking on TV3's Saturday Am.

The desicison to return home was an easy open. Since opening our bread school on Heir Island in 2012 both myself and Laura have been overwhelmed by the amazing response. Through the Firehouse we get to share our love for food and real bread with you. At the bakery you will get to taste it and at the bread school side by side we will make it and where better than on one of West Corks most beautiful islands Heir Island. At the Firehouse in Delgany we want to be more than just a bakery. We want to be part of the community, a place were people come to meet, catch up and have a laugh and hopefully buy the odd loaf or two . On Heir island we want to offer an experience and an adventure. A West Cork Island, a wood burning clay oven and the opportunity to learn a skill for life.

In 2015 myself and some fellow like minded bakers became the founding members of Real bread Ireland. Over the last few years he has been amazing is see the interest and passion for real bread spread throughout the country.

Recently this year I was choosen as one of Failte Ireland's new food champions, something which I am very proud of. 

I believe we have been lucky to have seen the bakery and the bread school grow from strength to strength and what lies ahead certainly promises to be an adventure. All of this however I could not do without the constant support of my partner Laura Moore who provides a much needed touch of beauty to the Firehouse Team.

About Laura Moore

Laura MooreBorn in Cork and raised in Galway, Heir Island was always part of my child hood, with many a summer spent on it's sandy beaches. About 10 years ago it became our permanent home.

Never far from Galway I studied in G.M.I.T and graduated with an honours Degree in Hotel and Catering Management and have since worked throughout Ireland, Scotland and Australia.

For the last four years I have been living in Bath with Patrick, during which time I have worked at Michael Caine's Michelin starred Priory Hotel.

Over the last 18 months  of living in Bath my love for food has really been cemented working as the General Manger of Demuths Restaurant. Working along side head chef Rich Buckley was truly an education. His dishes never ceased to amaze me, stunning food. Something I cant wait to share with you at The Firehouse.

The opportunity to move home and share our passion for food in all its forms is an exciting one. Make sure you come and visit as we set up shop at "home" on Heir Island with the Firehouse and make sure you come see us in Delgany

Funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan 2007-2013.
This project received grant aid from Comhar na nOileán Teo's Rural Development Programme which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.