What We're Up To

National honours for Firehouse bakery

A few months back we won best casual dining in Wicklow at the Restaurant association awards. This award meant so much to all the team as it acknowledged all the hard work that had been put in by everyone since opening our doors in Delgany last May. I didnt think this award could be topped but I am delighted to say that we have been honoured with the Georgina Campbell 2015 Natural food award. This award means so much to me as it incorporates everything that we have done and do on Heir Island in West Cork to what we offer in Delgany Wicklow.

When I first opened our doors in West Cork I wondered if anyone would give our crazy idea of putting a bread course on a West Cork Island a go. Amazingly two and half years later we are still here and growing from week to week. It has been hard work but so worth while and it isnt something that could been achieved without the support of all you guys, so thanks so much. And here is to plenty of more kneading and a lot more baking. Knead, eat, sleep, repeat.

Two gold at this years Blas ns hEireann

Following on from last years sucess at Blas na hEireann I am delighted to announce that we have taken things a step further this year having claimed gold awards for both our buttermilk batch and ciabiatta. The standard at Blas na hEireann is growing each year and to come out on top in two catergories is a massive honour and brings huge delight given all the hard work that our team at the Firehouse has put in.

Realbread now available 7 days a week

No longer is there an excuse not to have freshly baked every day of the week. We are now open 7 days. Fresh bread, pastries and savoury treats available every day of the week.

We are open 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 9.30am to 5pm at the weekends.

Patrick bakes live on Rte's Today show

With a  couple of appearences before Christmas on the very popular Rte Today show, Patrick will be returning to your screens to share his passion for cooking and baking. Check him out on Rte player

Firehouse Bakery claims it's first award at Blas na hEireann 2013

I am deighted to announce that our Sunflower and sesame sourdough has claimed an award at this years Blas na hEireann Irish food awards. This is the first award for our new Delgany bakery and here is hoping it will be the first of many. 

Evening bread making courses at Delgany bakery

With all our Heir Island course dates fully booked untill 2014. I am very excited to announce that we will be offering evening bread making courses from our Delgany bakery commencing October 30th and will run through November and up untill Christmas. 

Consider it like a reduce version of what we offer on Heir Island without the need to get a ferry. But don't worry plenty of loaves will rise, lots of kneading will be done and you might even get to use our wood fired oven. Courses will run from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. The cost is €65 per person, which will include all recipes, ingredients, a baker's goodie bag and plenty of baked goods to take home. Spaces are limited so book now. And remember this is a hands on experience so prepare to get floured

Our book 'Bread Revolution' set for Italian translation

We have just got word that our book ' Bread Revolution' is set to be translated into Italian. With an Italian publisher on board and translations under way Bread Revolution is set to hit Italian book shelves in Spring 2014. Already available in English and Dutch this is set to be the third translation of our book. 'Bread Revolution' is set.

Bread Revolution hits Delgany Co. Wicklow

What a whirlwind few weeks. On May 15th the doors to our new bakery opened. And to say that the last few weeks have been interesting would be an understatement But I have to say it has been great, the response and support that we have received has been fantastic and for that I thank you all. It would be a lonely job if we had no one to bake for so make sure you visit regulary. We are very proud to be bringing back the village bakery and to think it is not yet a year since we opened our doors on Heir Island. If the next chapter of our journey promises to be as interesting as the first the next year is going to be fun. 

As well as continuing to offer our bread making courses on Heir Island our new bakery, coffee house and patisserie will be offering up real bread and pastries as well as soup, sandwiches and woodfired pizzas. With an open plan bakery everything that goes into your loaf will be on show for all to see. Pick yourself up a loaf, grab a cheeky pastry or simply sit back and watch the world go by, we will be bringing a bit of Island life with us.

As is the case with everything that we do at the heart of the bakery sits a wood fired oven. Lit from early morning the oven will be used to produce a selection of flat breads and pizzas throughout the day before being filled with shoulders of pork, spiced chickens and other tasty joints that will be slowed cooked (min 12 hours) throughout the night ready just in time for your sandwiches and pies. This promises to be the ultimate in comfort food.

Situated on the site of the old Delgany Inn we have teamed up with Emma of The Romany Stone and Jackie Spillane to build a go to destination. Spread over two floors on offer will be a bakery, coffee house, restaurant and grocer, so make sure you visit regularly. Our bakery is open Monday to Sunday from 8.30 - 5.30pm and from 9.30am at the weekends 

Bread Revolution claims third place against world's best.

What a way to celebrate its first birthday. In 12 months since its publication Patrick's co-authored book 'Bread Revolution' has been translated into Dutch and most recently claimed Third place at the pretigous Gourmand World Cook Book Awards in Paris.

With participants from 171 countries Patrick's passion for real bread battled it out against authors from France, Austria, Denmark and Singapore for the title of Best Bread book. 

We are absolutely overwhelmed to receive such recognition.The idea behind 'Bread Revolution' was to just get people back baking again. I wanted to show that there is so much more to bread than just brown and white. With a few tips and thrifty tricks the humble loaf can so easily be transformed into a meal.

'Bread Revolution' is just a taste of what you can get expect from a day's bread making at The Firehouse Bakery and Bread School.

With over 60 recipes including everything from nettle and chive flowerpot loaves to crusty sourdoughs 'Bread Revolution' provides true crust to crumb eating. Order your signed copy now for €25 + p&p - email:info@thefirehouse.ie


1on 1 hands on baking

Take your baking skills to the next level with the opportunity to spend a day working 1 on 1, side by side with a professional baker. If you want to prefect your kneading skills, ensure every baguette is expertly rolled or simply produce loaves like an artisian baker come and spend a day at The Firehouse.

Let Patrick share his passion for bread and baking with you. Together you will spend the day working side by side. Patrick will tailor the day to suit your needs and share with you his expert knowledge. While doughs are proving you will get hands on with the wood fired oven, create your very own sourdough starter and watch loaves rise and crusts form.


I thought I knew a lot about bread baking until I spent a day along side Patrick Ryan, learning new kneading techniques, testing the tensile strength of sourdoughs, "knocking back," shaping baguettes and creating puff pastry from scratch. Patrick's passion for bread baking is exceeded only by his incredible energy and teaching skills. Don't miss getting a copy of Patrick's cookbook, a gourmet collection of great party recipes! If you love your kitchen, this class will make your heart sing!” - Teresa Baldwin


Contact direct for more information and booking. 


Family Baking at the Firehouse

We want to make 2013 the year for family. Bread holds something for us all, young and old so lets get baking. You know what they say the family that bakes together stays together. 

Family Baking where parents and kids bake together

"Let Patrick guide you through the world of real bread while you work side by side with your very own budding baker. Unlock your child's creativity while you hone your own bread making skills. This is something for all the family, once you have watched doughs rise and cut into the crust of your very first family baked loaf, pre-sliced, mass produced bread will be a thing of the past"
- €200 - 1 adult & 1 child Book your place today. Our next family baking day is scheduled for August 18th.


The gift that keeps on giving

Whether it be a Happy Birthday, Anniversary or simply a way of saying Thank You, we all face that annual conundrum 'what to get that special person in your life '

Well look no further because nothing says 'Happy Birthday, I love you, or simply Thank you' like a gift voucher for a days baking at The Firehouse. We all need new adventures in the new year, well this is an adventure into the world of real bread. Come and explore beautiful Heir Island, make use of our wood fired clay oven and learn to bake great real Irish bread for yourself.

Vouchers can be used anytime throughout the year, as long as we are running a course and spaces are available then not a problem. Patrick will work with you to find the best date to suit your needs, for further information contact us direct - Info@thefirehouse.ie



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