Autumn events


Irene Power. Photo: South Tipp Bees

And autumn is upon us.  After a dreadful winter that lasted through spring we had a fine summer – now in its last gasp.  The honey is harvested, the bees are made ready for winter.  The season for mending, planning, learning and socialising is upon us.

Our first autumn lecture this year is next Monday, 7th October. The lecture on will be delivered by Irene Power from South Tipp BKA.  Irene has just become a Federation lecturer, and she is an experienced and successful beekeeper.  Irene’s chosen topic is:

‘Autumn management leading to successful overwintering’

Given the losses that many experenced last winter, this is an important topic and the timing is perfect.  Entry is free for CDBKA members.


Next up after that is the highlight of the beekeeping calendar, The Dublin Honey Show.  Once again this year we will have:

  • Competitions for honey, wax, mead, cakes, etc.
  • Two lectures on beekeeping-related topics, at 12:00 noon and 2pm.  Make sure you arrive early – last year they were oversubscribed
  • A variety of local honeys for sale from the association’s bees and for the first time, a stand where members can sell their honey by arrangement

    An entry in the honey show. Photo: Kieran Harnett

    An entry in the honey show. Photo: Kieran Harnett

  • Beekeeping equipment and books for sale
  • A craft fair
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits.

Check out the wonderful photos taken at last year’s event here.

The Dublin Honey Show will be held on Saturday 2nd November from 10:30am to 4:00pm in Christ Church, Rathgar.  The entry fee of just €2 goes to our chosen charity.  This year there will be a new class, restricted to members of Co Dublin BKA – so Dublin beekeepers – please enter your honey but also your wax, mead, cakes etc. and please, if you can spare a few hours, give us a hand by volunteering on the day.

See you there!