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Dilisk Bread Recipe

This week’s recipe is for a version of our Dilisk Bread.

Almost exactly a year ago to the day, Derek and Aran attended the Irish Breakfast Awards in Dublin, where the bread received the ‘ Irish Bread Award ‘ for 2020 from Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide.

This bread is originally a Gerry Galvin Recipe. As a chef, restaurateur and poet, Gerry was always an inspiration to us at Rua.

After his untimely passing in 2013, we decided to make a version of his delicious Dilisk bread which we had remembered enjoying at a family meal in Drimcong many years before. We still make the bread every week and sell it at our shop on Spencer Street every Friday where it is much loved by our customers.

Our delicatessen on Spencer Street sells the Dilisk, Achill Sea salt and other ingredients featured in the recipe.

Rua’s Dillisk Soda Bread
Makes one 2lb / 900g loaf.

  • 15g dried dillisk
  • 4 eggs
  • 50g sugar
  • 60g melted butter
  • 50 ml buttermilk
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 150g grated carrot
  • ½ teaspoon of bread soda, sieved
  • Pinch of Achill Island Sea Salt (smoked)
  1. Pre-heat a moderate oven, 160° C.
  2. Soak the dillisk in water for 5 minutes, drain and squeeze dry. Check for any shells before finely chopping.
  3. Whisk the eggs and sugar by hand in a mixing bowl. Next, add the melted butter and buttermilk and whisk again until combined.
  4. Add all of the remaining ingredients and fold in lightly but thoroughly.
  5. Put the mixture in a lined 2lb/900g loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven at 160º C for 45 minutes. Remove from the tin return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool before slicing.

We also make a richer version of the dillisk loaf, with more butter but no bread soda or buttermilk: omit the bread soda and buttermilk, and increase the butter to 110g and the self-raising flour to 250g. All other amounts remain the same.


Hamper & Gift Shop

From Tuesday, December 1st, our café space upstairs at Spencer St will operate as a Hamper & Gift shop for the period leading up to Christmas and just after.

In place of the café, we’ve been working on temporarily filling the space with lots of lovely Irish gifts and ready-to-go hampers.  This has allowed us to keep the majority of our team on board in working towards this new and exciting shop space. As well as our hampers, we have lots of fantastic gifts from local and Irish producer including Tinnock Candles from Tipperary, Killahora Orchards, Beleaf Wood design, Clean Slate and more.

As well as a Gift Shop, we’ll be primarily using the space for our ‘Click & Collect’ ( Please visit us at to order a hamper which can be prepaid for collection upstairs on Spencer St.

Pre-ordered food ( for Christmas can also be picked up from upstairs on the busier days of December 23rd and 24th.

Check out for more details.

We hope to re-open Spencer St. café after Christmas. Café Rua on New Antrim St. will be reopening as a sit-in café on Friday, December 4th at 9am ..

Thanks to everyone for your continued support.
We look forward to welcoming you!


Visit us online at

• Follow the link for ‘Click and Collect’ Hampers
• Choose your hampers, pay and get your pick up time

Alternatively, you can call us at Rua on 094 9286072, tell us what you’d like to spend on your Hamper and we can have your order ready for collection at our shop on Spencer St. with 24 hours notice.



We have lots of delicious food for your home and your freezer.

We are open every day from 8.30am – 3pm (closed Sunday 22nd)

Here is our current list of ready to heat and serve 500ml tubs:
• Mayo Beef Bolognese
• Beef & Gunness Stew
• Champ
• Chicken Korma
• Coconut & Coriander Daal
• Rua tomato sauce (great for pizza and pasta)
• Red Cabbage

other food too such as…
• Sweet Potato and Chickpea cakes
• Mayo Beef Lasagne

We will endeavour to do our very best – some items may not be immediately available but ALTERNATIVELY – We can make items in bulk for you and within 48 hours notice and have any of the items available for you
We are adapting daily. Thanks for your support and patience.

Call us on 0949286072 between the hours of 9am and 4pm to order

you can email your shopping list to us, we will do your shopping and then call you to confirm price, collection time and payment. If we don’t have an item in stock we will call you back.


1.Your name and a contact number
2. Your shopping list


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