14 Portlaw Bakery

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Stop 14: Portlaw bakery

Portlaw bakery is the source for most bread in Waterford. We have to remember when it all started back in 1914, the year World War 1 started, when John and William Corcoran, two English brothers came back from London to our small village here in Portlaw. They had been working for a German in his bakery but he closed it when World War 1 broke out.  The brothers travelled back to Portlaw and opened their very own bakery. They also opened two small shops--one in Brown St. and one in Main St. The one in Main St. opened in 1968 and the one in Brown St opened in 1969. They closed some years later. They had sold the one in Brown St. but kept the one in Main St., which is now a house. In 1947, they sold the main bakery to Frank Madders. Today, his son, Michael Madders is the owner.

The bakery makes some scrumptious cakes. It is situated on Main St. across from the pub, The Cotton Mill, and between the Garda Station and the Community Centre. The smell from the bakery is delightful. They make cakes for every occasion. They bring money into the town, year in, year out. The bakery plays an important role in our lives. It spreads the name Portlaw around the land. Here are some of the types of bread which are made there every day: blas, turnovers, pan loaves, viennas, bloomers, ringpan, soda bread , currant soda , bosses, rich bracks, white bracks, brown pans and health pans.

Here are some of the types of bread which are made their every day.

Blaas, turnovers, pan loaves, viennas, bloomers, ringpan, soda bread , currant soda , bosses, rich bracks, white bracks, brown pans, health pans.

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