Beginners’ course in Beekeeping 2017

If you are interested in pursuing an outdoor hobby that is close to nature and the opportunity to get a crop of honey avail of this fantastic opportunity. You will get two full days of beekeeping theory and then 6 outdoor demonstrations where the real learning takes place, followed by mentoring. The fee also covers a yearly subscription to STBA, monthly beekeeping magazine for the year, two newsletters full of facts and up to date activities and a beekeeping book. The whole package is fantastic value.


Saturday 8th April 2017

  • Registration 9:30 – 10:00
  • Course 10:00 – 16:30

Saturday 22nd April 2017

  • Time: 9:30 – 16:30

Outdoor demos to follow on a Tuesday evenings at 19:00 – 21:00.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Getting Started/The inhabitants of the hive
  • Equipment and manipulation
  • The Apiary/ A year’s work
  • Hygiene and Disease
  • Swarming
  • Harvesting the crop


€100 must be paid on the first morning of the course


LIT bypass Clonmel

Contact the below to avail of a place:



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!

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