Mueller and O’Connell Bakery
Adrian Mueller and Richard O’Connell established their business to bring artisan bread and baked goods to the local market. Adrian and Richard started their business in November 2015 spending 15 months in the commercial kitchens in Mountmellick and also selling their breads in the farmers markets in Abbeyleix and Tullamore. Mueller and O’Connell opened their Retail Bakery in Abbeyleix in October 2017.
Adrian a professional baker, who previously owned his own bakery in Sydney, had practiced the art of making bread for over 10 years before moving to Ireland. In 2015, he met Richard, one of nine O’Connell siblings who grew up in Cullahill Co. Laois where a passion for food was their way of life. His mother grew her own vegetables and fruit while also running a busy gastropub, grocer and post office.
Over time Richard developed an interest in breakfast and bread in particular taking a number of courses in baking. “All of our breads are baked fresh on day of sale using only natural ingredients and without any artificial additives. Our selection includes a variety of sourdough breads, long fermented yeast breads and other baked goodies”.