Hello beekeepers and friends of beekeeping,
I trust your harvest is safely gathered in and more importantly your bees are tucked up, treated and fed for the winter. For beekeepers, the year ends with the harvest and begins with wintering down – for example, Ted Hooper‘s Classic ‘Bees and Honey‘ is organised thus. So Happy new year.
The Co Dublin BKA’s series of autumn lectures kicks off this coming Monday (tomorrow) with a talk by Seamus Reddy – president of FIBKA. Seamus will speak on the current position of Beekeeping in Ireland. There will also be a presentation of certificates to all who have sat FIBKA Examinations in the past year.
A propos of studying, you may be interested to learn that CDBKA member and FIBKA vice-President Eamon Magee is planning to set up a study group for the FIBKA exams. The FIBKA exams are pretty tough and a study group is a great way of making the studying more successful and less painful. Eamon is keen to hear from anyone interested – please see his contact details here.
- A competition for beekeepers – prizes are competed for in honey, wax, cakes, candles, photographs, mead and plenty more. If you have not entered before, why not try your luck and enter your honey in the novice class or submit a photograph? Most classes are open to members of any Irish beekeeping association. The schedule and entry form are now available for download here, here, here and here.
- This year, for the first time, two fascinating lectures: this year we offer you a lecture on ‘Beginning with bees’ at 12:00 noon and a well-recommended lecture on the history of beekeeping in Ireland at 2pm.
- A sale of excellent honey from the CDBKA apiary in the Dublin mountains, other hive products and country produce.
- Tea and coffee and delicious home-made cakes.
- A craft fair where you can buy your Christmas presents.
- Beekeeping products on sale
Entry is just €2, with all the entry fees going to a good cause – the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook. Put it in your diary, and if you are planning to buy honey, come early – we usually sell out before the end.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Simon Rees, Honey show secretary
p.s. attention Facebook users – check out the Facebook group ‘Beekeepers of Ireland’. Lively discussion, 62 members and growing…