Beat the queue at Gormanston 2016!

Gormanston time is fast approaching and preparations are well underway for what will be another excellent week of beekeeping knowledge. We look forward to hearing the guest speaker Jamie Ellis from the University of Florida.

While most residential participants have confirmed their attendance and paid the balance of the cost, there are a few who have not confirmed their attendance. I would appreciate if those participants would do so immediately.

Over 100 day attendees have registered and paid. In order to avoid long delays at the registration desk on the morning I would ask all people who intend to attend as day participants to register with me. Send your reservation form, available here, and email it to . I will then issue an invoice through PayPal and you can then pay and thus avoid a long queue on the morning.

This year we are celebrating the 70th Summer Course organised by FIBKA and the 56th held at the Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co Meath. We will celebrate the occasion with a Gala dinner /Banquet on Wednesday evening of the course. All who are staying in the College are included in this event. Others who may wish to attend are welcome to do so but must register with me before Sunday 24th of July. The cost is €50.

All those taking part in the event will assemble in the Castle from 5.30 p.m. through the main door where you will have an opportunity to view the interior of the castle. Wine, tea/coffee will be served. Local historian Brendan Matthew will give a half hour talk on the castle, its history and the family who owned it.

At 6.45 p.m. the group will be led by renowned piper Dennis Ryan to the college dining room to be seated by 7.15 where a 5 course meal will be served with waited service provided.


Warm Chicken Caesar salad

Beef or Salmon



Wine served with meal.

Social night will follow from 9.30 p.m. onwards with music, dancing and late refreshments will be served.

Michael G Gleeson Course Convenor. Tel Number 087-6879584 emaill



Co. Dublin Honey Show

The Dublin Beekeeper’s association will hold its Honey Show on Sat 4th Nov, in Christ Church Hall in Rathgar at 10.30. Entries from Beekeepers across the country and stiff competition have made this event a favourite for Dubliners and visitors from around the country in recent years. 

Entries are now being registered online at Alternatively you can print an entry and post it to the address on the entry form

Co. Mayo BKA Honey Show!

Co. Mayo BKA will be holding their annual honey show on Monday the 23rd of October in the Community Centre, Dromore West, Co Sligo. This event is starting at 5pm and honey needs to be entered before 4.30pm.

The highlight of the show will be an in-depth talk by world-renowned beekeeper, Mark L Winston, who will share insights from his seminal work, "Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive" and world renowned expert on heather honey and Mead, Michael Badger MBE, will be the Chief Honey judge and will also give a presentation on heather honey. The talk will start from 6pm and will be free!

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

Bee Research Project!

FIBKA are co operating with CIT to run a beehealth project to improve the genetic diversity of Irish honey bee stocks, funding needed either corporate or individual. Click here for more info!

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Great news! - The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 is released this week. Click here for more info!

Got something to say!?

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