Yvonne and Debbie O’Reilly.

Rochfortbridge Restaurant begins exciting new chapter

Dynamic sister act, Debbie and Yvonne O’Reilly of O’Reilly’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant, Main Street, Rochfortbridge, are taking their business to a new level this week with the launch of their extended opening hours, à la carte menu, and trailer catering enterprise.

The business was opened by Debbie in January 2023 and this year Yvonne joined, bringing her own stamp and experience to the operation. The union has resulted in the expansion of the business to include the new à la carte menu and trailer initiative and the introduction of milkshakes and pancakes which “are proving very popular”.

They will now be open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, offering a comprehensive range of three-course meals, including steaks, for just €40. Their award winning chef Weronika Cybula is a wizard in the kitchen and will be magicking up magnificent dishes to suit all palates. She previously worked in the Annebrook House Hotel and Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar.

“We hope, with Weronika, we can take O’Reilly’s to the next level,” remarked Yvonne.

Simultaneously, the sisters are launching a new trailer enterprise that allows them to provide outside catering for weddings, First Holy Communions, Confirmations, birthdays, private parties, public gatherings, and commercial events. The restaurant also has a function room for all such celebrations and events.

“We can take the stress out of your special day and bring O’Reilly’s to you,” Yvonne promises. Contact her on 083 4163128 for more information or to make a booking, or visit them on Facebook or Instagram.

Darkness into Light

Those taking part in this year’s Pieta House Darkness into Light walk in Rochfortbridge on May 11 will have a chance to sample the splendid fare at O’Reilly’s. As they did last year, O’Reilly’s are welcoming everyone back to the restaurant after the walk, for free refreshments.

“We like to think that here at O’Reilly’s we are the heart of the community in Rochfortbridge,” said Debbie.

They are proud of the fact that they provide employment to local people and those from the outlying areas. They have a staff of 17 and “think it’s very important to hire local employees and give something back to the community”.

“We are very lucky with the support we get from the local people and we like to give back to the community by employing local people and providing a good service,” Debbie said.

They also provide special treats after school on Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm, when every children’s meal comes with a complementary milkshake.

The restaurant is spacious and inviting. The walls display an amazing array of impressive artwork produced by local artists – their father Patrick O’Reilly, their aunt Teresa Gammell, and Carrie Byrne, who is from Rochfortbridge. The exhibits are all for sale.

Their menu includes delicious full or mini Irish breakfast and scrumptious croissants. Their lunch menu offers mouth-watering roasts, burgers, curry, steak sandwich, pasta carbonara, wraps and salads.

If you fancy something light, there is soup, garlic mushrooms, deep-fried brie, chicken wings, halloumi fries, or you can create your own sandwich with plenty of fillings to choose from. There are curry cheese and garlic cheese chips, and for the younger diners, chicken goujons, sausages and burgers, with chips.

For vegetarians, there is vegetable curry and stir fry, deep-fried scampi, and goats cheese wrap.

If you have a sweet tooth, there is apple pie, profiteroles, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fudge cake, ice cream, and chocolate or blueberry muffins as well as scones, fresh croissants and pancakes or waffles.

The choice of milkshakes includes strawberry delight, bubble-gum bliss, mint chocolate chip, and Oreo overload.

The à la carte menu will be launched on Friday next, May 3. It will be available on Friday and Saturday when the restaurant will be open 9am to 9pm and no booking is necessary. Opening hours from Sunday to Thursday are 9am-6pm.

Debbie and Yvonne are natives of Enniscoffey, Gaybrook, Mullingar. They both attended Milltownpass NS and St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rochfortbridge and they both worked in the Road House, Mullingar. Yvonne has returned home after seven years in the UK, where she managed a garden centre tea rooms and shop.

“We never thought we’d be working together, but here we are,” declared Yvonne, “the new face of O’Reilly’s.”

Weronika Cybula (head chef).
Chloe Bradley, Jacinta Swords and Denise Bradley.
Yvonne and Debbie O'Reilly.
Denisa Georgiana (assistant chef) and Cian O'Reilly (kitchen porter).