The Annual Beekeeping Summer Course takes place at the Franciscan College Gormanston, Co. Meath which is situated:

  • 15 minutes from Dublin Airport
  • 20 minutes from the Port Tunnel
  • 10 minutes from surrounding towns (Drogheda, Balbriggan and Swords)
  • 30 minutes from Dublin City Centre
  • Travelling along the M1 Dublin/Belfast motorway, take exit 7 signposted Julianstown/Drogheda South.

It will be the 69th Annual Summer Course organized by The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Association and the 55th held at Gormanston College, situated in the beautiful grounds of Gormanston castle.

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Take train from Connolly Station to Balbriggan Station and a taxi to Gormanston College.

Please note that the College is quite a distance from the Train Station.

Dublin Airport
Gormanston is approximately 20 miles from Dublin Airport on the road to Belfast

A Taxi from Dublin Airport to the college will cost €35 - €40. For further details contact Eamonn Quinn - Balbriggan Cabs, Tel: 00 353 87 257 8002 or 00 353 1 8411 492 or visit

The service bus from Dublin to Drogheda calls at the Airport. Ask to be let off at The Huntsman.


Those wishing to book accommodation outside the college may contact the above hotel which is the nearest to the College or visit The hotel has held some bedrooms aside for Beekeepers attending the Course.

Single Bed & Breakfast rates: 10 rooms are held each night 26th -31st July inclusive at €109BB on Friday & Saturday, €89BB Sunday-Thursday. Booking deadline of 26th June, with rates and availability to review when the initial 10 rooms are booked. They will include a 9.30am transfer each morning to the College on their 13 seater bus, and 2 pickups each evening at 5.30pm & 6.30pm

Quote reference ‘Gormanston Beekeeping” when booking to avail of above rates.

Reserving hotel accommodation is a matter between the hotel and yourselves.



Co. Limerick BKA beginners course

Co. Limerick BKA will be holding a beginners course in Mungret GAA Club on April 8th, 9am to 3pm and April 15th, 9am to 4pm.

Weather permitting, apiary practical demonstrations will take place on April 24th, May 2nd, 8th , 15th, 22nd.

Preliminary written exam takes place on May 27th with the practical after this.

June 5th evening practical class

Intermediate class of 2017 have agreed to mentor beginners.

Please email Donal Cooper, Education Officer with your name and details:

Disease Sampling Form

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

South Tipp Beginners' Course

South Tipp BKA are holding a beginners course in beekeeping starting Saturday 8th April. For more for information on registration and what will be covered, click 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!

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