FIBKA Membership Offers

  • Annual Summer Course - Gormanston College: Mid-late July - details from the Summer Course Convenor.
  • Annual Congress - AGM held end of August, send Association Delegates as per FIBKA Constitution.
  • Annual Beekeeping Proficiency Examinations, Course Week Gormanston, and also at provincial centres. Consult the Education Officer.
  • Annual National Honey Show - Course Week, Gormanston College.
  • Insurance - Members of Associations affiliated to FIBKA are fully insured against third party liability. Particulars from: FIBKA Secretary.
  • Annual Supply of Sugar, for bee feeding, at reduced price.
  • The FIBKA publishes monthly Journal - "An Beachaire" (official organ of Federation). For details contact the Hon. Editor or Hon. Manager.
  • Comprehensive Library of Beekeeping Books and Videos. Books and videos on loan free, borrower pays return postage. Contact the Librarian.
  • Arbour Week - week following first Sunday in March. Tree plants (nectar bearing) are available at reduced price.
  • Special attractive Federation Honey Jar Labels, complete with bar code are available to members of Affiliated Associations who are also listed on the Insurance register. The Federation label acts as a seal over the cap of the honey jar and has a number on it and also the Federation's Logo. A record of the numbers is held by Michael Woulfe, who also administers the scheme. The labelling scheme is confined to FIBKA members who pack only Irish honey and whose names and addresses appear on the honey jar.
  • Lecture Notes -A series of lecture headings, suitable for Beginners'. Courses may be obtained from Peter Whyte.
  • Maintains a panel of lecturers to talk to associations
  • Working closely with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF) to promote the good health of bees.




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Notice to all FIBKA Members

Insurance is in place for all FIBKA members as normal until 31 December 2017.

All FIBKA members have to renew their membership from 1st January 2018 as normal, in order to avail of FIBKA benefits including Insurance, An Beachaire, Gormanston, Education and all other membership benefits.

Membership benefits commence only when a members details are returned to the FIBKA Membership Secretary, by their Association Secretary/Treasurer.

We have been made aware that some Associations are not renewing their affiliation to FIBKA consequently all benefits for the members of those Associations end on the 31st December 2017, and Members in these Associations who wish to continue with FIBKA please contact the FIBKA Membership Secretary Joanna McGlaughlin at for details of Associations near to you that are affiliated to FIBKA."

Executive Council meeting 16th December

An Executive Council meeting was held in Tullamore on Saturday the 16th of December to discuss among other items the current situation in FIBKA.

Here is a short description of what happened at that meeting

What does FIBKA offer its members?

Here is a comprehensive list of what FIBKA offers its members

Letter from FIBKA Executive to all Member Associations

The letter can be read here in its entirety by clicking here. There will also be a downloadable PDF file that you can share with other members of your Association

Looking for honey labels and FIBKA lids?

For anyone looking to get the FIBKA jar lids or tamper proof labels for your honey, we have put together the following guidelines in how to apply for them. The document can be downloaded here

Hedge cutting

If you wish to report hedge cutting out of season
Contact the people below
National Parks & Wildlife Service
7 Ely Place
Dublin 2
For General Queries:
Tel: +353-1-888 3242
LoCall 1890 383 000 (within Republic of Ireland only - rates charged for the use of 1890 numbers may vary among different service providers)
Fax: +353-1-888 3272

Disease Sampling Form

Teagasc offers a Honeybee disease diagnostic service to beekeepers, more information available here