Kearney’s Home Baking

Our Story

Maura and Siobhan Kearney, the daughters of Michael and Daisy, completed their Leaving Certificate at Mount Trenchard Secondary School in Foynes in 1986 and 1988, respectively. They had a shared passion for home baking, and thus they pursued a comprehensive three-year Diploma in Bakery Production and Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

During the duration of their course, the sisters carried out comprehensive market research and test baking using their mother’s recipes. They quickly identified a significant local demand for tasty, traditional products like soda bread, scones and apple tarts.

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Our Journey

Equipped with family expertise, determination and a love for good food, Maura and Siobhan set up their own business at the tender ages of 20 and 22. Their bakehouse was built on a Greenfield site in Ballyhahill, County Limerick surrounded by scenic countryside and an abundance of fresh air. The sisters bravely opened the bakehouse doors for business in June 1992.

Thirty years on, Maura and Siobhan employ twenty-five staff and their business continues to go from strength to strength. Their six delivery vans service shops and supermarkets from Limerick, North Kerry and North Cork on a daily basis.

Our Team

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This is our team at Kearney’s Home Baking. We owe huge gratitude to this team many whom have been with us from the beginning and to the people who have come and gone and retired over our 30 years. Their commitment to quality and detail and their work ethic is a major part of the success of Kearney’s Home Baking.

Our Philosophy

The Kearneys’ Homebaking mission is to maintain the highest standards of flavour and quality using traditional processes in a clean, productive work environment. We are privileged to have access to the freshest, most natural, nutritious ingredients. We are proud of our links with Irish businesses and continue to support the local economy while remaining modern and competitive as a brand. 

Customer feedback is vital to the success of our business, and we continually strive to improve and extend our product range. We aim to provide reliable and thorough service with a friendly smile.

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Our Recognitions

Siobhan and Maura hold an impressive range of relevant qualifications and awards including a Diploma in Bakery Production and Management, an Advanced Food Marketing Programme, a Management Development Programme from Waterford Institute of Technology, a Certificate in Supervisory Management, Odlums’ Technology Ingredient Combination, Bolands’ Cup for Cake Decorating, Dublin Institute of Technology Special Century Award and Listowel Food Fair Home Baker Award for Fruit Scones. 

We have achieved gold, silver and bronze Blas Na hEireann awards for various products from 2017 to 2022. In 2020 won the best in county award for Limerick at Blas Na hEireann. Our Gluten Free products have achieved gold and silver at the free from awards with our gluten-free scone winning one of the judge’s special awards. RSVP best in bakery award in 2020. Origin Green gold in 2021 and 2022.

Milestones & Achievements

Our Latest

Awards

We take great pride in winning these awards. They are a great measure for the quality of the product we produce for our customers.
  • Fitted all LED Lighting on the premises
  • Involved in an origin green 5-year plan
  • Achieved gold in 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Installed a 50KVA PV Panel System In April 2023
  • Will be trialling an electric van in quarter one of next year in conjunction with SEAI
  • Currently, recycle 100% of our waste food
  • Reduced our food returns to 2.2%
  • Increased Community and club sponsorships year-on year
  • Set up a Gluten free manufacturing unit to manufacture gluten-free products as part of our Health and Nutrition Plan
  • 88% of our ingredients are now purchased from Origin Green Suppliers
  • 72% of our ingredients have sustainability certifications
  • Members of Repak signed up for Repak’s plastic pledge
  • Members of the EPA’S food waste charter
  • Installed a state of the art wastewater treatment system (Sequential batch reactor technology) in October 2021
What Our Customers Say

TESTIMONIALS

Twas before the Father Ted era
Twas before the Father Ted era
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I will never forget the day in 1992 when I rushed to answer the doorbell and standing there was our new parish priest Canon Sheehy. “Just calling around to introduce myself” said the Canon. I invited him into the sitting room. “Will you have a cup of tea, Canon?” I asked. ‘Twas before the Father Ted era so I skipped the go on, go on, go on. Anyway, he readily accepted the offer. Fortunately, I had just that morning purchased a Kearney’s home baked tart. While the tea kettle was boiling I sat down and chatted to the Canon. Noreen, my twelve-year-old daughter brought the tray from the kitchen. “Would you like a slice of my Mam’s home-made apple tart Canon?” she asked. Canon Sheehy tasted the tart and smiled “ Delicious” he said “I would put it on a par with Kearney’s!” With that we all burst out laughing. It was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. Canon Sheehy is an old man now but he still calls around for his cup of tea. Sometimes we have a scone or a pastry bun, other times a slice of cake or a slice of tart. Kearney’s is always fresh, always home baked, always has that special flavour. It is reliable and consistent. I would put it on a par with Canon Sheehy!
Children enjoy wholesome food
Children enjoy wholesome food
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We just wanted to write to you to acknowledge and thank you for your excellent quality products that our entire family enjoy. Your brown bread is a regular part of our shopping basket, it is great to see children enjoy wholesome food. Your Apple tarts and Jam pastry buns are a big hit with our visitors. Keep up the good work.
Humble Pie
Humble PieJames Harnett
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Many years ago Máire and Siobhán Kearney arrived at my shop to introduce their new home bakery. But the sisters received a poor reception from me. Unfortunately, I had taken on two other home bakeries in the preceding months and both had sunk without trace. I’d had my bellyful of home bakeries! I thought no more about Kearneys until about a month later when I received a phonecall from my mother-in-law, extolling the virtues of the Kearneys products and advising me to stock them immediately. With great humility I picked up the phone and spoke to Máire Kearney. Thankfully, Máire held no grudges and I began to stock her baking. Not only did the Kearneys brand sell superbly, but it also brought customers into my shop, customers who then bought lots of other shopping and became loyal supporters of Moss Harnett’s. Down the years the Kearney sisters have added new products, while still maintaining their core traditional range. I can safely say that I have never received a complaint from a customer about Kearneys, other than on the rare occasions when we run out of stock. The baking is of the highest standard and you always taste the difference in the genuine home-baked products. I would love to know the quantity of Kearney’s Home Bakery products that has left my shelves since we began. We definitely have come a long way since the day I ate the humble pie.
Very happy customer
Very happy customer
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Top quality apple tart. Great for those unexpected visitors with real pieces of fresh peeled apple. Very happy customer.
Like I remember from my childhood
Like I remember from my childhood
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How nice it is to get a traditional Porter Cake. Yours tasted just like I remember from my childhood. Thank you and keep up the good work
Perfect Choice
Perfect Choice
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Kearneys are the perfect choice when it comes to traditional great tasking buns and cakes. Butterfly buns went down a treat! Everyone commented how great they looked and tasted. I just want to say a massive thank you.
Family are hooked
Family are hooked
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Bought your cream and jam buns and now my family are hooked on them. So good they think I made them at home myself!
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