Bread revolution

Patrick Ryan and Laura Moore's Firehouse Bakery and Bread School has been a huge success since opening last June on Heir Island in West Cork, and they are now bringing their expertise ashore, in a collaboration with Emma Stone and Jackie Spillane.

The Delgany, on the site of the former Delgany Inn in the Co Wickow village of the same name, will incorporate a bakery, café, coffee house, grocery and restaurant.

“The concept is based on quality and local, seasonal produce but, most importantly, reasonably priced,” Ryan says. Firehouse Bakery’s classes will continue on Heir Island: “What can I say, I like a commute,” he says. An early April opening is pencilled in for The Delgany.

If you'd like to devote a full five days to perfecting your baking skills, the Baking Academy of Ireland is running a certificate course in the Fundamentals of Baking from April 22nd to 26th. The course will be at the Academy in Palmerstown village, Dublin 20, and costs ¤325. Tel: 01-8451214 or for details.