bread school

Where Bread is King.

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. 

Here is a sneak peak of some the baked treats you look forward to making during a day at the Firehouse Bread School.

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“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

Full day class- Heir Island

We promises to accompany you beyond the limitations of bread books and take you on a hands on journey through the world of real bread.

Course Includes:

  • Return ferry to Heir Island
  • Tea/Coffee on arrival
  • Full day hands on baking experience
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Baking 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


€125 per person

Timings: 10:30 am – 5:30pm

Ferry from Cunnamore Pier at 10am ( Saturday & Sunday 9.30am) Returns at 6pm

In Need of Accomodation?

Why not make a mini break of it and take in the beauty of Heir Island and the delights of West Cork.

Roaringwater Lodge

Island accommodation available at Roaringwater Lodge located side by side with The Firehouse Bakery.

Heir Island Sailing School

Or better yet make it a true adventure weekend by doing some sailing with Heir Island Sailing School, day sailing courses on the crystal clear waters of Roaringwater Bay.

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