The Dublin Honey Show is over for another year.
For once we had a beautiful day for it. Everything went smoothly and it was a fun event. The number of entries was down this year – a pattern we have seen at other honey shows in Ireland – however the standard was good and a fair few Dublin members won awards. This year, Gerry Ryan from Co. Tipperary emerged as the biggest winner – well done, Gerry! Our nominated charity, the friends of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook made a good sum from the gate receipts, their raffle and the sale of Christmas cards and the like. This year we hosted two lectures during the show as an experiment, and both were well attended.
You can see some lovely photographs from the event at the bottom of this post, and here (thanks Kieran). We sold all our Co. Dublin association honey again – this time we ran out of run honey by 1:30pm – apologies to those visitors who came too late to buy any. Next year we hope to have members’ own honey on sale as well as that from our own apiary.
A big thank you to all the competition entrants, craft fair stallholders, beekeeping equipment vendors, lecturers, judges and especially the volunteers who made the show possible. Next year’s event will be on Saturday 2nd November 2013. Put it in your diary!
Here is the full list of awards:
|Class||Description||First prize||Second prize||Third prize||Very highly commended||Highly commended||Commended|
|1||24 jars of light, medium or dark honey.||Gerry Ryan||–||–||–||–||–|
|2||12 jars of light, medium or dark honey. As offered for sale.||Gerry Ryan||–||–||–||–||–|
|3||2 jars light honey.||–||Simon Lynch||Niall Ringrose||Mary O’Brien||–||Norman Robins|
|4||2 jars medium honey. Heather excluded.||Gerry Ryan||–||–||–||–||Niall Ringrose|
|5||2 jars dark honey. Heather excluded.||James McGinley||John Murphy||Rena McDonald||–||–||–|
|6||2 jars heather honey.||–||–||Gerry Ryan||–||–||–|
|7||2 jars granulated or creamed honey.||Tom Moore||–||–||–||–||–|
|8||2 Floral honey sections. Ling free.||Tony Lynch||Benny Myers||James McGinley||–||–||–|
|9||2 Heather honey sections.||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|10||2 jars chunk honey.||Gerry Ryan||James McGinley||–||–||–||–|
|11||2 containers of cut comb.||–||–||Tony Lynch||–||–||–|
|12||1 frame suitable for extraction.||Gerry Ryan||Pat O’Connor||Eamon Magee||–||–||–|
|13||1 cake of beeswax.||Gerry Ryan||–||–||Dorothy McGinley||–||–|
|14||5 blocks beeswax matching.||Gerry Ryan||Norman Robins||–||–||–||–|
|15||6 honey biscuits.||Ann O’Suilleabhain||Gerry Ryan||–||–||–||–|
|16||Honey cake (refer to recipe).||Ann O’Suilleabhain||–||–||–||–||–|
|17||Beeswax polish in tin or jar.||Gerry Ryan||–||–||–||–||–|
|18||3 beeswax candles all made by moulding.||Gerry Ryan||–||Dorothy McGinley||–||–||–|
|19||3 beeswax candles made any method other than moulding.||Gerry Ryan||Gavin Fitzpatrick||–||–||–||–|
|22||Metheglin / Melomel.||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|23||Photograph. Black and white or colour.||Ger Power||Tom Delaney||–||–||–||–|
|24||Dark jar of honey. To be completely covered except cap. Judged by taste and smell.||James McGinley||Rose Breslin||Gerry Ryan||John Murphy||Stuart Hayes||John Hooper, Dave McManus|
|25||Display class. Collection of bee products consisting of jars of different honey sections, cut comb, mead, beeswax, etc.||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|26||1 section (novice class)||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|27||1 jar honey (novice class)||Aisling Kennedy||Dermot Delaney||Kevin Cullen||Katrina O’Shea||–||–|
|28||Supreme run honey||Gerry Ryan||n/a||–||–||–||–|
|29||Supreme comb honey||Tony Lynch||n/a||–||–||–||–|
|30||Highest points in classes 1-11||Gerry Ryan||n/a||–||–||–||–|
By the way, members – don’t forget that there’s a lecture tonight (Monday) at the usual venue. Hope to see you there!
Simon Rees, Honey show secretary.