Spring is with us and the bees are finally properly active.
The beekeepers are active too: at our second spring lecture by Gerry and Mary Ryan of the South Tipp BKA we had over a hundred in the audience! Our friend Dr. John McMullan of the Fingal North Dublin BKA was on hand to autograph copies of his new book ‘Having Healthy Honeybees’, which costs €15. Your webmaster is in the middle of reading it, and so far it’s a recommended read. it’s being distributed though local associations so to buy a copy, come to our next lecture or pay a little more on Amazon.co.uk.
Our next lecture will be on Monday 2nd April. This time it’s on queen cells and swarm control by Ger Williams of the Gorey BKA. Could be another good crowd, so arrive early! As usual, it’s members only but you can join on the night.
Before that we have another big beekeeping event in Dublin – Apimondia’s bee health seminar, 2012 at the Citywest Hotel. UPDATE: The final programme is now available here. Nowadays all beekeepers need to be informed on the latest pests and diseases, so the entry fee of €70 should be a good investment. Pre-registration closes on Friday 16th March.
Finally, to celebrate the return of honeybees to Dublin’s Botanic Gardens, FIBKA are holding a bee-themed art competition for schoolchildren. Entries will be on view at the Bots on the 14th & 15th of April.
BREAKING NEWS: we have just received news that the Co. Louth beekeeping association is organising a Dan Deasy Memorial Lecture to be given by Clive de Bruyn this year. Clive will give his talk on “ Everyday Problems with Beekeeping”. The meeting is scheduled for the 29th March to start at 8:00pm, followed by an open forum and tea / coffee is served and the evening concludes by 10:00pm. A cover charge of €5 Euro is charged to cover costs. Venue: Fairways Hotel, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth.