Firehouse Bread School

Where Bread is King


Winner of the Georgina Campbell 2015 Natural food award

"What could possibly be nicer than a one-day bread course that sees you setting off on the boat with your very own bag of delicious breads. The Firehouse is a West Cork icon in the baking" - The Irish Food Guide 2012

"Going to learn about baking on an island is a magical idea, especially when you know you'll be heading back on the ferry with a goodie bag and as much bread as you can carry"  Georgina Campbell Guide 2013

Welcome to Heir Islands first Bread School.

Have you ever wondered what the windowpane effect is or what knocking back involves? Well this is the place to find out. Soda breads, yeasted loaves, savoury snacks and sweet treats, together we will make them all. Whether you are a beginner, experienced home baker or simply a food lover our one day courses aim to take the fear out of bread making and return bread to its rightful place as 'King of the Table'.


The Firehouse Bakery is run by chef and baker Patrick Ryan, co-author of 'Bread Revolution' and as seen on BBC 2's Big Bread Experiment. Since opening the bread school in June 2012, Patrick has caught the nations imagination and wants to share his passion for great food with you. Patrick promises to accompany you beyond the limitations of bread books and take you on a hands on journey through the world of real bread.


A sneak peak of what you can expect from a day's bread making.

Here is a sneak peak of some the baked treats you look forward to making during a day at the Firehouse Bread School. Filmed with Lisa Faulkner this video will give you a taste of what you can look forward to



This is a hands on experience so prepare to get floured

ImagesWe limit our class numbers to ensure each course is personailized. Throughout the day you will work side by side with Patrick as he introduces you to the versatile world of real bread, no square and pre-sliced loaves here.

By the day's end you will have produced authentic soda bread, seen your yeasted loaves rise and tasted both sweet and savoury treats. You might even get to meet the king of the bread basket, sourdough.

Course includes:

  • Return ferry to Heir Island
  • Coffee on arrival
  • Full day hands on baking experience
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Bake your very own hand made bread in a wood fired clay oven
  • Lunch with wine, with Roaringwater Bay serving as the back drop
  • An artisan baker's goodie bag to take home
  • And as much freshly baked bread as you can carry 

Timings: 10:30 am - 5:30pm Ferry from Cunnamore Pier at 10am ( Saturday & Sunday  9.30am) Returns at 6pm

Cost: €125 per person

In need of accommodation?

Why not make a mini break of it and take in the beauty of Heir Island and the delights of West Cork. Island accommodation available at Roaringwater Lodge located side by side with The Firehouse Bakery. Or better yet make it a true adventure weekend by doing some sailing with Heir Island sailing school, residental and day sailing courses on the crystal clear waters of Roaringwater Bay.

Upcoming course dates:

Heir Island one day course dates - 2017 dates 


Friday 27th - Fully booked

Saturday 28th - Fully booked

Sunday 29th - Full booked

Monday 30th - Fully booked


Friday  10th - Fully booked

Saturday 11th - Fully booked

Sunday 12th - Fully booked

Monday 13th - Fully booked


Friday 3rd- Fully booked

Saturday 4th - Fully booked

Sunday 5th - Fully booked

Monday 6th - Fully booked

Friday 31st - Fully booked


Saturday 1st - Fully booked

Sunday 2nd - Fully booked

Monday 3rd - Fully booked

Friday 28th - Fully booked

Saturay 29th - Fully booked

Sunday 30th - Fully booked


Monday 1st - Fully booked

Friday 19th - Fully booked

Saturday 20th - Fully booked

Sunday 21th - Fully booked

Monday 22th - Fully booked


Dates for September and October will be released in early January 

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for Heir Island Class dates please email Laura at


If you are unable to join us on Heir Island in West Cork why not sign up for an evening bread course at our bakery in Delgany, Wicklow

Evening Courses - 6pm - 10pm - Delgany, Wicklow. This is a hands of course with course numbers restricted to a maximum of 8 people to ensure you get the most from the evening. The cost of the course is €70 per person. Throughout the evening Patrick will guide you through the wonderful world of real bread, from kneading and shaping to rolling and baking. Each person will cover a minimum of three recipes 

Evening Coures Delgany, Co. Wicklow 

All courses dates for the remainder of 2016 are currently fully booked. Evening course dates for 2017 to be released in early January. Drop us an email to and we will add you to our waiting list.