gormanston 2016

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Gormanston 2017

The 2017 Annual Beekeeping Summer Course will take place at the Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co Meath from Sunday 30th of July to Friday 4th of August 2017. This will be the 71st Summer Course organised by the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations.

The Beekeeping Course which has taken place at Gormanston since 1961 is internationally renowned attracting beekeepers from all parts of the world. The range of lectures and workshops are of the highest standard. The course has universal appeal both for the beginner and the advanced enthusiast covering a wide programme in the practical and scientific areas including workshops, hive demonstrations, examinations and the National Honey Show.

The Beginners level is ideal for the novice who is interested in learning the craft of beekeeping. A person who undertakes the full beginner’s level will be well capable of managing his own hives following the course.

Following on from the success of the 2016 Summer Course, the 2017 Course will be even bigger and better with plenty of new events!


Bookings are now been taking for Gormanston 2017!

Simply download a reservation form for a day visitor or residential (full week) fill it in and email it to Michael Gleeson at mgglee@eircom.net or gormanston@irishbeekeeping.ie

Day visitor form
Residential form

We are delighted to welcome as our guest speaker will be Dr. Ralph Büchler, from the Bee Institute, Kirchhain, Germany


Guest Speaker

dr ralph buchler

Dr Ralph Büchler

Dr. Ralph Büchler has work with honey bees since his youth. He studied agriculture and biology at Bonn University where he finished his PhD in bee science.

In 1990 he moved to the bee institute in Kirchhain which is one of the larger German training and research centers for beekeeping.

Since 1997, he is leading the institute with it’s 20 co-workers.

Honey bee selection, disease resistance and alternative varroa treatment concepts are in the focus of Dr Büchler research activities.

He acts as scientific adviser of the breeder association “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Toleranzzucht” and Vice Chair of the German association of bee research institutes.


Summer Course Convenor Michael G Gleeson, Ballinakill, Enfield, County Meath

Tel. 00 353 (0) 87 687 9584 Email: mgglee@eircom.net or gormanston@irishbeekeeping.ie

michael gleeson


Course Manager Stuart Hayes email vice.president@irishbeekeeping.ie Tel No 00 353 85 1602613
Stuart Hayes

Looking for directions to Gormanston? Click Here!






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

Gormanston 2017!

The provisional programme for Gormanston 2017 is now available.This years Gormanston will be taking place from 30th of July - 4th August! We have a series of great talks and workshops for all levels, from beginners to intermediate and senior. Check out the programme of events and book your place before places run out!

Please note that this may be subject to future changes so keep checking back to get the most up today information!

The 2017 National honey Show!

The schedule is now up for the 2017 National Honey Show! Click here for more information

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
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

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!?

We are looking for people to submit articles on beekeeping or anything related to it, on a once off or a regular basis. If you think you could put pen to paper, then please email the Beachaire Manager, Dermot O'Flaherty at  manager.beachaire@irishbeekeeping.ie