The Federation of
Irish Beekeepers' Associations
Robert Pickard is an international authority on the biology of honeybees and President of the Cardiff Beekeepers' Association and the Central Association of Beekeepers.
He ran the Bee Research Unit at Cardiff for 25 years, which attracted students from more than fifty different countries around the world, and edited the Journal of Apicultural Research.
He is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Cardiff; Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural College; and a Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Medicine.
Formerly, he was Chairman of the Consumers' Association, Which?, and Director-General of the British Nutrition Foundation.
Currently, he is Chairman of CoRWM at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and one of four Independent Advisors to the Welsh Assembly Commission
Evening Meal at 5pm & Official Opening at 7pm followed by
Cheese & Wine Reception
Evening Meal will NOT be served after 6pm on Sunday.
Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary
The full FIBKA Preliminary Course is taught during the week, including two practical apiary sessions. Participants, even those with no previous beekeeping experience, may take the Preliminary examination on Thursday afternoon.
Please bring protective clothing if you intend to work with bees. Protective clothing may be purchased on site if required.
Ferries from Britain arrive at Dublin (North Wall) and Dun Laoghaire (Dun Laoghaire to Dublin is 9 miles).
Foot passengers should travel to the Central Bus Station, Store Street, Dublin, and then by bus (Normal Service) to Gormanston. Do not use the Express Bus Service because it does not stop at Gormanston. Ask to be let down at The Huntsman Inn which is only a few hundred yards from the back entrance to the College
Take train from Connolly Station to Balbriggan Station and a taxi to Gormanston College.
Please note that the College is quite a distance from Gormanston Train Station.
Gormanston College - Co-Ordinates 53°.37' N - 06°.14' W
Car drivers approaching from Dublin use the M1 motorway to Belfast and take Exit 7 for Julianstown/Drogheda South. Turn right just before The Huntsman Inn and proceed for about a mile. The College gates are on the right.
Gormanston is approximately 20 miles from Dublin Airport on the road to Belfast. A special bus will leave the airport for the college at 4p.m. Sunday and a return service will leave the college on Friday.
Board the bus in Airport Coach Park, through the multi-story car park door under the raised canopy and out the other side.
Intending bus passengers please notify Course Convenor Gerry Ryan when making reservation.
The service bus from Dublin to Drogheda calls at the Airport. Ask to be let off at The Huntsman.
Accommodation consists of En-Suites rooms, Single rooms, rooms with three cubicles and dormitories.
En-suite rooms are all booked, but rooms may be available if cancellations occur. Only limited family accommodation available.
Early booking advised because of reduced accommodation.
Those wishing to book accommodation outside of the college should visit the Fáilte Ireland Website at http://www.discoverireland.ie/Accommodation.aspx or contact Balbriggan Tourist Office at 00 353 1 84300027
|Rooms with three cubicles||€320|
|B & B||€30|
A deposit of €22 is required by college when securing your dormitory key, €20 refundable on returning key.
|Lectures, Lunch & Evening Meal||€43|
|Lectures & Lunch||€27|
|Lectures & Evening Meal||€32|
Day visitors are advised to come early to avoid long delays at registration.
Registration desk opens at 8 a.m.
Send reservation form with deposit or full fee to:
Tel: 00353 (0)62 71274 or 00353 (0)87 1300751
Email: email: email@example.com
(Early booking essential - limited places available)
Cancellation to reach course Convenor at least 7 days before opening day otherwise cancellations and non-attendance will be subject to a cancellation fee.
Residents will supply their own soap & towels. Bed linen & blankets will be supplied.
If you wish to exhibit in Honey Show please apply to Honey Show Secretary for a copy of the Schedule.
Mr Graham Hall
38 Elton Park
Tel. + 353 (0)1-2803053 & (0)87-2406198