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

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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
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