National Brown Bread Competition 2018


National Brown Bread Competition 2018

The regional competition was held yesterday in An Grianan and everyone had a great day there. The contestants and their supporters came from all over the country. There was a great buzz about the place and An Grianan did not fail to give a good account of itself with a lovely lunch served.

Congratulations to the 5 ICA ladies who were chosen to go forward to the finals of the competition and congratulations also to the 3 ALDI winners who attended An Grianan too. The atmosphere was electric with anticipation of the results and to a great cheer in the Kellogg hall, the following were announced as the 8 finalists:


ICA Winners

Kathleen Dillion Byrne, Carlow Federation 

Mary Kennedy, Clare Federation

Vivienne Rigley, Laois Federation

Liz Brady, Longford Federation

Mary O’Neill, Wicklow Federation


ALDI Winners

Samara Ward – Co. Donegal

Blaithin Herbert – Co. Limerick

Emma Ferguson., Co. Meath


The semi-finals of the competition will be held at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on September 18th and 19th and the Grand Final will be held on Thursday Sept. 20th.

Liz Brady, Mary Kennedy, Mary O’Neill and Samara Ward will bake on Tuesday Sept. 18th

Kathleen Dillon Byrne, Emma Ferguson, Blaithin Herbert and Vivienne Rigley will bake on Wednesday Sept. 19th.

2 ladies from each day will go forward to the Grand Final on Thursday Sept. 20th.


Wishing all the contestants the very best of luck in the finals and a big thank you to all the participants as without you, there would be no competition.

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