History

The Johnston family set up a bakery in Dublin before coming together with master bakers Mooney and O’Brien to share their baking expertise and craftsmanship to form Johnston Mooney & O’Brien.

As Ireland’s oldest bakery, Johnston Mooney & O’Brien have 179 years of experience in selecting high-grade flour from the finest wheat grown harvests. Over time, we’ve refined our recipes so that all our quality ingredients come together perfectly to make your favorite fresh-baked breads, buns and rolls.

A healthy balanced diet has always been essential for living a full and active life and we believe our baked goods play an important role in maintaining your health.

In 1835, The Johnston family set up a bakery in Dublin before coming together with master bakers Mooney and O’Brien to share their baking expertise and craftsmanship to form Johnston Mooney & O’Brien. By the 1890’s Johnston Mooney and O’Brien started to specialise in made-to-order birthday and wedding cakes that were made by master craftsmen, many of whom have passed on their baking skills to the next generation of master bakers. By the 1920’s, we had 10 Bread and Cake shops all around Dublin to keep up with demand: Finglas, Cabra, Kimmage, Camden Street, Rathmines, Parnell Square, Dominick Street, Capel Street, Stillorgan and Dun Laoghaire.

By the 1930’s, Johnston Mooney and O’Brien introduced the ‘sliced loaf’ to Ireland, making life just that bit simpler for their customers and by the 1960’s, we replaced our horse and cart deliveries with a new fleet of electric vans. The retired horses go on to pastures new. In the 1980′s, we replaced the electric van fleet with the distinctive diesel vans that you see on Irish roads today. Today we have over 120 delivery vans, most of which leave the gates of the famous factory on Jamestown Road in the early hours. In the 1990’s, we moved our bread to the Jamestown Rd., Finglas bakery - where it remains today.

Our Bundy brand launches introducing an American-style sponge and dough bun recipe to Ireland and is baked in Clonee, Co. Meath. Johnston Mooney & O’Brien are now the leading manufacturer of buns and rolls in Europe and our Bundy brand is one of the leading brands in the Irish retail market. Using unique American style baking methods, the Bundy taste, consistency and freshness delivers the best buns in the market. .

Paddy Meaney, father of the famous Colm Meaney, delivered the bread of Johnston Mooney and O’Brien for over 30 years. Colm himself was a part of the Johnston Mooney and O’Brien history as he would often be seen out in the van with his father before he found fame in the world of acting.