The Federation


The Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations is an association of the Beekeepers Associations in Ireland. Any Association of Beekeepers in Ireland may be affiliated to the Federation on acceptance of the Constitution of the Federation.

The Federation's main objectives are to unite the Beekeepers of Ireland for their mutual benefit and to encourage and participate in research in problems of Apiculture and generally to foster efficient beekeeping, honey production and marketing.

To co-operate with the State and Public Authorities in all matters affecting the industry and to provide helpful educational facilities through:

  • The publication of An Beachaire (The Irish Beekeeper)
  • The publication of informative leaflets
  • The promoting and holding of community lectures
  • Conducting examinations in the science of apiculture and the art of beekeeping.

In general, to undertake all measures to promote the welfare of beekeeping and Beekeepers in Ireland.

To promote the conservation of the native dark bee, apis mellifera mellifera.

The Annual General Meeting takes place yearly at the end of August and the Officers and Delegates are elected for the coming year from a list of nominees submitted by the local associations beforehand.

The Executive Council meets four times each year e.g. at Gormanston on the Thursday evening of the Summer Course week; in October/November; in February; and in May/June.

The Executive Council Committee (consisting of the President, Secretary, Treasurer and four elected members) is set up at the first Executive Council Meeting.

It meets on three occasions during the year a few weeks before the date of each Council meeting with the exception of the one held at Gormanston. Its function is to discuss all current matters and make recommendations to the next Council meeting for approval or otherwise.

The Annual Summer Course at Gormanston College, Co.Meath is the highlight of the year's programme. Details can be found elsewhere on the website.

Two Honey Shows are held each year, one at Fota on the first weekend in October and the other at the summer course in Gormanston. Entry of exhibits for each show is open to all who wish to do so and excellent prizes are awarded for the winning entries.

The Federation also sets up a tent at the National Ploughing Championships venue each year at which it promotes Beekeeping, Honey and other Hive Products. This is held in September and attracts a huge attendance from all over Ireland and abroad during its three days.

Members from the Irish Beekeeping fraternity attend the Ulster Beekeepers' Associations annual conference at Greenmount Agriculture College, Antrim each year in the Spring and the British Beekeepers' Associations annual conference at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire in April.

These two neighbouring events provide the opportunities to advertise our Summer Course and our national magazine, An Beachaire.

A stand is also manned at the Dublin Horse Show in August each year.

 

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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 membershipsecretary@irishbeekeeping.ie 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
IRELAND D02 TW98
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
E-mail: nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
Web: www.npws.ie


Disease Sampling Form

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