bread school

Where Bread is King.

A little over 8 years ago we had the crazy idea to pack our bags, move home from the UK and teach bread courses on a West Cork Island.

Never did we think when we open our doors for that very first course in June 2012 that it would be the start what has been an amazing, sometime wild journey. Never did we think it would lead us to where we are today. From a bread course on Heir island has come a thriving cafe in Delgany, Wicklow, and a wholesale business that supplies cafes and restaurants throughout Wicklow and Dublin.

The last 8 years have been a whirlwind. Covid has certainly been a challenging time but this year we hope to finally open of our new bread school at our bakery in Newtownmountkennedy. We have been working on this for sometime and cannot wait to share this space with you. We had originally planned to open this space in April 2019 but covid has put a stop to that. Fingers crossed 2022 will be the year for us all to bake again together.

Having partnered with Siemens and Kenwood we have been able to create the prefect space to knead, roll and bake.

Overlooking our bakery in Wicklow, a bread course at our new bread school we give a behind the scenes look inside a modern Irish bakery.

From our new bread school we will be offering full day courses, half day courses, specialty courses as well as some exciting collaborations with a few of our favourite foodie friends.

This year we will be really focusing on offering you the best baking experience we can from our new bread school as a result we wont be running any courses on Heir island this year. In the meantime we cannot wait to welcome you to our new 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. 

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


All our courses are a hands on baking experience

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:

  • Tea/Coffee on arrival
  • Behind the scenes tour a modern Irish bakery
  • Hands on baking experience
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Learn the secrets of baking realbread at home
  • Some of Patrick’s sourdough starter to take home
  • An artisan baker’s goodie bag 
  • And as much freshly baked bread as you can carry


Full day course €125 per person

Half day course €80 per person

All courses are held at our new baking school at our bakery in Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow

It is our intention to resume Courses in March 2022. We were hopeful to offer courses in january however given the latest rise in covid cases we have had to unfortunately delay releasing course dates untill we feel that it is safe to do so. Please keep an eye on our social media and website for the next available course dates

Bread School Gift Vouchers


In Need of Accomodation?

Why not make a mini break of it and take in the beauty and delights of Wicklow

Accommodation recommendations

within a short distance of the bakery you can find Druids Glen, The Glenview hotel, Powerscourt, and the Parkview

Unfortunately due to the current Covid 19 pandemic the opening of our new bakery school at our bakery in Wicklow is temporarily on hold. We will update course dates as soon as it is safe to do so in the meantime check our instagram @Firehousebread for online baking courses and recipes