Gormanston 2017

 Credit: Paul Abbott

Gormanston 2018

The Annual Beekeeping Summer Course will take place at the Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co Meath from Sunday 12th to Friday 17th of August 2018. This will be the 72nd 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 previous years, the 2018 programme will be even bigger and better! Some of the planned event are as follows

Programme Includes

  • Beginners/Novice Course
  • Academic Lectures
  • Practical Workshops

The Workshops include

  • Beeswax
  • Microscopy
  • Morphometry
  • Hive making
  • Queen Rearing
  • Encaustic Art
  • Candle Making
  • Cooking with Honey
  • Mead making
  • Section Honey Production


Bookings are now been taking for Gormanston 2018!

Simply download a residential reservation form (full residential course from €400 rates available on application), fill it in and email it to Michael Gleeson at mgglee@eircom.net or gormanston@irishbeekeeping.ie

Residential form

We are delighted to welcome as our guest speaker will be Dr. Otto Boecking, from the Bee Institute Celle, Germany


Guest Speaker

Dr Otto Boecking

Dr. Otto Boecking


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!






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 www.dublinbees.org 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
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