Breakfast roll
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Irish Breakfast Roll
CourseBreakfast / Snack
Region or stateIreland[1]
Main ingredientsBread roll; filling, such as sausages, bacon, white or black pudding, egg, hash brown, butter, mushrooms, tomatoes; tomato sauce or brown sauce

The breakfast roll (Irish: rollóg bhricfeasta) is a bread roll filled with elements of a traditional fried breakfast. It is served at a wide variety of convenience shops, newsagents, supermarkets, petrol stations, and casual eateries throughout Ireland.[2][3][4]


Contents of a breakfast roll
Contents of a breakfast roll

A breakfast roll typically consists of a bread roll or baguette containing one or more fillings such as sausages, bacon, white or black pudding, butter, mushrooms, tomatoes and tomato sauce or brown sauce. In some cases a hash brown or fried egg may be added; these fillings vary from establishment to establishment and not set in any particular order. The roll itself is usually one of three varieties: a soft "submarine"-type roll, a chunky, spherical dinner roll or a demi-baguette. The demi-baguettes are distributed to shops partially baked and frozen, allowing stores to quickly bake the bread for a "freshly baked" roll. An "all-day breakfast" sandwich featuring some or all of the above ingredients in a traditional sandwich of sliced bread may be used instead.

Popular culture

The popularity of the breakfast roll (and novelty songs) in Ireland led to the song "Jumbo Breakfast Roll" by comedian Pat Shortt, which reached number one in the Irish music charts and remained there for six weeks.[5] The song was number 11 on the Irish chart list of best-selling songs of the 2000s.[6]

It has been argued that the breakfast roll became a national dish in Ireland during the Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 1990s and 2000s,[7] becoming synonymous with "Breakfast Roll Man", the archetypal sub-contractor who was busy with construction work and needed sustenance on the move, before the bursting of the Irish property bubble in the late 2000s.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Breakfast baguette rolls into Irish history". Belfast Telegraph. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  2. ^ McWilliams, David (22 October 2009). David McWilliams' Follow the Money: David McWilliams Ireland 2. Gill & Macmillan Ltd. ISBN 9780717155576 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Anderson, Heather Arndt (11 July 2013). Breakfast: A History. AltaMira Press. ISBN 9780759121652 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ McWilliams, David (11 January 2011). The Pope's Children: The Irish Economic Triumph and the Rise of Ireland's New Elite. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118045374 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "8 songs that topped the Irish charts (that you may have forgotten)". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  6. ^ Jan Battles (10 January 2010). "Six makes hit of the decade". The Sunday Times. News International. Retrieved 10 January 2010. It also shows the popularity of novelty comedy songs, which the Irish public always appear to have a bit of a thing for, such as Jumbo Breakfast Roll by Pat Shortt at number 11.
  7. ^ McDonald, Brian (12 May 2008). "Top breakfast baguette rolls into Irish history". Irish Independent. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  8. ^ Share, Perry (20 May 2011). "The Rise and Fall of the Jumbo Breakfast Roll: How a Sandwich Survived the Decline of the Irish Economy". Sociological Research Online. 16 (2): 143–149. doi:10.5153/sro.2289. S2CID 56444734. Archived from the original on 17 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.