Pat the Baker and Monivea

Pat Higgins commenced his career at Fahy's Bakery, Monivea

Gerry Costello

Fahy's Bakery delivery van, Monivea.
Photo Courtesy of Gerry Cooke
Pat the Baker Logo
© Pat The Baker, Granard, Longford

Up until the 1960s Monivea had it’s own Bakery. The bakery was originally Fahy’s Bakery but became Cookes at a later stage. The bakehouse and the large ovens are still intact there today. A young Pat Higgins from Culmore, Kilkelly, Co. Mayo arrived to learn the baking trade at Fahy’s Bakery and it was from here, in 1953 at the age of 30 that Pat, having finished his apprenticeship, cycled one Sunday morning to Granard in Co. Longford to open his own bakery there. It went on to become one of the most well known bakeries in Ireland today trading as Pat The Baker. His family still have the bicycle he used to get from Monivea to Granard on display in the bakery in Granard. Pat passed away in August 2007 at the age of 84.


This page was added on 07/12/2014.

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  • Greetings, from Providence, Rhode Island, USA:
    I was pleased to see this picture of my late, father, John Smith standing in front of Fahy’s Bakery Van. I have this very same picture in my possession. My father delivered their bread throughout Co. Galway . He was also a talented actor and loved to recite poetry. He passed away in 1995.

    By Anna Smith Pagano (29/08/2023)
  • Hello Anna, did her ever write any poetry himself as we are looking for items like this. Many thanks.

    By jlaffey (25/04/2024)

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