Irish bread has a unique heritage, it’s versatile, great value and plays an important part in a healthy balanced diet, so lets celebrate all that is great about Irish bread with National Bread Week (11th – 17th September 2017) and lets ‘Love Your Loaf’.

Bakers and retailers across Ireland are dedicated to ensuring you have the perfect loaf – here are some of the people who took part last year:

Barney Culley
Barney CulleyCulley's Bakery, Ara, Co. Cavan
Cully’s Bakery was founded in 1953 by Michael Cully and when he passed away in 1969, his wife Kathleen took over until she retired in 1990.  His nephew Barney Cully started working in the bakery the year his uncle passed away and when Kathleen retired, Barney took on the business.

Pushing the business forward, in 2007 Barney decided to expand the bakery by building a purpose built bakery on Cavan Road and today employs 11 staff, in comparison to four when the company first began. 

Starting at 9pm the team work into the early hours to ensure the 2,500 loaves they bake each night go out hot each morning.  With four vans hitting the road every day, making approximately 400 calls each week to the 150 shops they supply, Cully’s vans are a familiar sight to people in Cavan, Longford, Leitrim, Monaghan and Armagh. 

With over 10 different loaves baked, including their best seller Traditional Irish Plain Batch Loaf as well as Wholemeal Batch and Buttermilk Brown Soda, Barney has ensured that traditional baking methods that have been long associated with Cully’s Bakery have remained. And the heritage of Cully’s Bakery is set to continue as Barney’s son, Brían, has completed a three year degree course at the bakery college in Dublin and is now involved in the business!

Jack and Maureen Field bought the business from the Ring family in 1935 and made a commitment to supply the finest produce and baked goods and to offer a service like no other – a tradition that has been continued by the third generation of the family to the present day.

The family are passionate about the business and invest in the store frequently with the bakery benefiting from a tremendous make-over. Now home to state-of-the-art facilities with new energy-efficient ovens and refrigeration units as well as a new solar power heating system, the family are bringing their bakery into modern times.

However six generations after it was first opened by J Cullinane in 1840, Fields of Skibbereen still bakes fresh bread and cakes every day, delivering to shops and supermarkets across west Cork.

In addition to this, the stores small bread making section behind the cake counter makes a vast array of fresh loaves and speciality breads to ensure their customers have fresh bread seven days a week.

Jack and Maureen Field
Jack and Maureen FieldFields of Skinnerrean

Local man, Denis McSweeney, is the stores’ Master Baker and Master Confectioner. After perfecting his skills in Westminster, London during the 60s, Denis has spent the past 40 years making sure the team of bakers produce consistently high quality products.

Johnston Mooney & O'Brien
Johnston Mooney & O'Brien
As Ireland’s oldest bakery, Johnston Mooney & O’Brien have over 175 years of experience in selecting high-grade flour from the finest wheat grown harvests.  In 1835, the Johnston Family set up a bakery in Dublin before coming together with the master bakers Mooney & O’Brien to share their baking expertise and craftsmanship to form Johnston Mooney & O’Brien.

By the 1890’s they started to specialise in made to order birthday and wedding cakes that were made by master craftsmen, many of whom have passed on their skill from generation to generation, many of whom are still a part of the company today.

By the 1920’s, there were many Johnston Mooney and O’Brien shops selling bread and cakes all around Dublin. They were situated in Finglas, Cabra, Rathmines, Parnell Street, Dominick Street, Capel Street, Stillorgan and Dun Laoighre.

By the 1930’s, they had introduced the ‘Sliced Loaf’ to Ireland and by the 1960’s had replaced the iconic horse and cart deliveries with a new fleet of electric vans. In the 1990’s the bakery moved to Jamestown road, Finglas bakery where it remains today. Today there are over 120 delivery vans, which leave the gates of the famous factory on Jamestown Road in the early hours every morning.

Over time, Johnston Mooney & O’Brien have refined their recipes so that all the quality ingredients come together perfectly to make your favourite fresh-baked breads, buns and rolls. A healthy balanced diet has always been essential for living a full and active life and believe our baked goods play an important role in maintaining your health.

Molloy’s started baking at Main Street, Roscommon in 1922. James Molloy, grandfather of current proprietor Declan and great grandfather of Mark Molloy returned to Ireland from America and purchased the property, then owned by the Melia Family on the Main St., of Roscommon.

James ran a very successful business which included the bakery, grocery, hardware, fertilizer, and a pub. He was also the local agent for the Cunard Shipping line which brought many Irish people to the United States over a period stretching form 1923-1963. James had a large family and two of his sons Barry and Noel decided to enter into the family business.

In 1992 Declan took over the bakery business from his father Barry and continues to run the business from a new custom built bakery on the outskirts of the town. As always Molloy’s continues to be a very family orientated business with Declan, his wife Mary T, son Mark and daughter Jackie-Ann all working together.

Things have changed dramatically over the years from being only able to produce the ‘Batch’ loaf when the bakery first started, so called because the bakers would produce 26 dozen at a time that’s 312 loaves!! Since then Molloy’s has expanded somewhat and now has a range of over 150 products.

Molloy’s bakery currently operates from a custom built bakery, which was finished in the mid 1990’s. As always Molloy’s has a huge emphasis on quality and service.

Declan Molloy
Declan MolloyMolloys Artisan Bakery and Fine Food Emporium
The retail shop is now a Mecca for quality food products, sourced from local, national and international producers. Molloy’s is literally a very hands on company, with every product produced in the bakery being handled (with care), on at least 2 occasions and up as far as 6 or 7 times before it reaches point of sale. The equipment has changed, the employees has changed and the management has changed but the quality and pride in the products we produce remain the same as when James Molloy started back in 1922.

Pat the Baker
Pat the Baker

Our story began in 1953 when Mayo native Pat Higgins set up a small bakery at the back of his house in Granard. From this industrious beginning, Pat The Baker grew to become one of the country’s top bread companies, producing the famous Pat’s Pan (and other products) you see in your local supermarket today.

The late 1970’s and 1980’s saw huge growth in our bread manufacturing business. In 1977, we moved into larger premises which allowed us to produce and distribute more bread to a wider market.

Up to this point, we had concentrated on the Midland areas, but then we made the big leap from local bakery to nationwide producer – Pat The Baker bread was soon seen in shops all over Ireland and became a national brand, a position we continue to reinforce to this day.

In 1984 we opened our first depot in Dublin, to cater for the growing capital market. This was later followed by depots in other parts of the country.

In May 1987, we upgraded our Granard bakery and turned it into one of the most up-to-date bakery plants in Europe.

We further modernised the plant in 1992 in keeping with international technological trends. During this development phase of the bakery facilities, we increased our capacity and range of products and expanded our distribution system into all 32 counties in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In 1996 we moved into a new purpose-built building in Moxham Street, Granard, which now serves as a modern corporate Headquarters.

While we were expanding, we created more and more jobs around the country. Starting with 40 employees in 1980, today we provide employment for over 400 people, through direct employment and self-employed agents.

From our early beginnings of the bakery and distribution centre in Granard, the business grew with further distribution centres being opened countrywide throughout the decades.

There are now distribution centres in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Letterkenny, Castleisland, Galway and Armagh. Pat The Baker is one of the main suppliers of bread to all of the retail trade (multiples, symbols, independent stores etc.) and the catering industry (hospitals, factories, offices, hotels, restaurants) in Ireland and we have a major commitment to excellence and quality to all of our customers. The consistency of quality has been reflected in the fact that Pat The Baker has won the distinguished award of “Ireland’s Best Bread” over a period of sixteen consecutive years.

The slogan “So fresh it’s famous” is now part of our corporate logo and has become synonymous with Pat The Baker among our customers at home and with the Irish diaspora abroad. You can even buy our bread in downtown New York! Our slogan reflects our philosophy – as we always use the very best ingredients, processes and management techniques to provide our customers with the highest quality bread product.

Irish Pride is one of the largest bakeries in Ireland. We are a firm favourite with Irish families and our brand is ranked as the 13th largest grocery brand and the 6th largest Irish manufactured grocery brand in the retail market in Ireland. (Source: Nielsen 2014)

Irish Pride manufactures and distributes a diverse range of bakery products from sliced breads, seeded breads, burger buns, sodas, confectionery, ciabattas and paninis to our newest range of freshly baked pittas and wraps.

We operate in a market leading position in many of these categories. We are the most modern and diverse bakery group in the country bringing fresh and innovative products to your home each day.

At Irish Pride we are passionate about baking fresh, tasty and healthy breads for your family

The Irish Pride bakers are always focused on innovation and we strive to continuously bring new bakery products to the market. Our most recent launch is Irish Pride Slimsters Brown bread.

This delicious brown bread has only 60 calories per slice and unlike other low calorie breads this loaf offers you a full size slice so you can get maximum enjoyment and satisfaction from your lunch!

Irish Pride has two large modern bakeries located in Taghmon, Co. Wexford and Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo.

Read about bread’s role in the Irish diet

Irish Pride
Irish Pride

Each day our skilled bakers and quality teams work together to ensure that we bake the freshest breads possible.

We operate one of the largest fresh distribution networks every day in Ireland. We have 23 depots located across the country and a dedicated team of 170 van sales distributors who make over 2,000 deliveries every day to our retail partners including all multiple and symbol outlets as well as local independent stores.

Irish Pride is also the distribution partner with other family favourites including the LifeFibre Co., McCambridge Stoneground Wholewheat Soda which ensures that the Irish Pride sales team are delivering the best and broadest range of bakery products across the nation every day.