The Dublin Honey Show is over and what a great show it was! We had more than double the number of entries last year – and more entries, some senior Dublin members said, than in living memory.
All our CDBKA apiary honey was sold by twelve noon. This year for the first time, members were invited to sell their own honey at the show – two members sold honey until two o’clock or so – but as usual, we were all sold out by early afternoon. Once again we held two free lectures, and once again they were well attended.
This year we held a raffle, with prizes from Co Dublin BKA and generously donated by craft fair stallholders. One prize remains unclaimed: a pack of fondant sponsored by Paul O’Sullivan of Bee Supplies. The winner is yellow ticket strip nos. 461-465, book no. A57L 5H57. If you have it, please get in touch.
Our honey show attracted 203 entries this year, from 50 entrants. 30 of the entrants were from Co. Dublin BKA, and the other entries (and many of the winners) came from many counties of Ireland. Thanks to all who entered the honey show, and special congratulations to the Dublin members who came away with prize certificates.
Special thanks too, to everyone who volunteered with setting up the night before and on the day – we could not have done it without you. Despite the huge number of entries and all the visitors, we coped – although we were all dead on our feet by the end!
If we get some good photos we will post them here. Put the 8th November 2014 (not the 1st Nov as previously advised) in your diary.
Thanks again everyone
Simon, Honey show secretary
Dublin Honey Show 2013 awards
The results are below. If the results table is too wide for your computer screen you can download a .pdf file of the results here.
|# of entries||First prize||Second prize||Third prize||Very highly commended||Highly commended||Commended|
|1||24 jars of light, medium or dark honey.||Powers to bees trophy||Open||9||No award||No award||Keith Pierce, Co Dublin|
|2||12 jars of light, medium or dark honey. As offered for sale.||Avoca Nurseries perpetual trophy||Open||11||John Summerville, Offaly||Michael Gleeson, Offaly||Keith Pierce, Co Dublin||Gerry Ryan, North Tipp|
|3||2 jars light honey.||Chivers trophy||Open||18||Mark Fitzpatrick, North Kildare||Michael Gleeson, Offaly||No award|
|4||2 jars medium honey. Heather excluded.||Monument Creamery cup||Open||16||John Summerville, Offaly||Gerry Ryan, North Tipp||Rena McDonald, Co. Dublin||Keith Pierce, Co Dublin|
|5||2 jars dark honey. Heather excluded.||I.A.C. perpetual trophy||Open||8||John Summerville, Offaly||Kevin Griffin, Louth||Michael Gleeson, Offaly|
|6||2 jars heather honey.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||9||No award||Rena McDonald, Co. Dublin||Keith Pierce, Co. Dublin|
|7||2 jars granulated or creamed honey.||C.D.B.K.A challenge cup||Open||4||Gerry Ryan, North Tipp||John Summerville, Offaly||No award|
|8||2 Floral honey sections. Ling free.||Rowans trophy||Open||7||Tony Lynch, Co. Dublin||Jenny Fuller, Co. Dublin||John Killian, Co. Dublin||James McGinley, no BKA|
|9||2 Heather honey sections.||Sir James Mackey trophy||Open||0||No entries||No entries||No entries|
|10||2 jars chunk honey.||Tom Kehoe trophy||Open||0||No entries||No entries||No entries|
|11||2 containers of cut comb.||Ned Smyth trophy||Open||2||Tony Lynch, Co. Dublin||No award||No award|
|12||1 frame suitable for extraction.||Green Acres cup||Open||4||Stuart Hayes, Co. Dublin||Rachel Smith, Co. Louth||Paul Boyle, Louth||George Pedlow, Co. Dublin|
|13||1 cake of beeswax.||McGrane Apiaries trophy||Open||3||Jesus Borobia, Dromore||Conor Nolan, Co. Dublin||No award|
|14||5 blocks beeswax matching.||C.D.B.K.A bowl||Open||8||Gerry Ryan, North Tipp||John Summerville, Offaly||No award|
|15||6 honey biscuits.||Hans Flohr trophy||Open||6||Ann O’Suilleabhain, Co. Dublin||Paul Boyle, Louth||No award|
|16||Honey cake.||McGrane cake knife||Open||7||Rachel Smith, Louth||Orla Devane, Co. Dublin||Norman Robins, North Kildare||Niall Ringrose. Co. Dublin|
|17||Beeswax polish in tin or jar.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||3||Conor Nolan, Co. Dublin||Dorothy McGinley, no BKA||No award|
|18||3 beeswax candles all made by moulding.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||2||Jesus Borobia, Dromore||Dorothy McGinley, no BKA||No award|
|19||3 beeswax candles made any method other than moulding.||N.K.B cup||Open||0||No entries||No entries||No entries|
|20||Dry mead.||Grape & grain trophy||Open||3||Benny Myers, Co Dublin||Conor Nolan, Co. Dublin||No entries|
|21||Sweet mead.||Country cellar trophy||Open||1||Benny Myers, Co Dublin||No award||No award|
|22||Metheglin / Melomel.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||2||John Summerville, Offaly||Conor Nolan, Co. Dublin||No award|
|23||Photograph. Black and white or colour.||C.D.B.K.A silver frame||Open||27||Luan Alton, Co. Dublin||Keith Pierce, Co. Dublin||Kieran Harnett, Co. Dublin||Jesus Borobia, Dromore||Joe Kelly, Co Dublin|
|24||Dark jar of honey. To be completely covered except cap. Judged by taste and smell.||C.D.B.K.A perpetual trophy||Open||29||Dorothy McGinley, no BKA||Padraig O’Chaomhánaig||Ruth Feighery, Fingal North Dublin||Keith Pierce, Co. Dublin||Paul Boyle, Louth||Jim Kelly, Orla Devane|
|25||Display class. Collection of bee products consisting of jars of different honey sections, cut comb, mead, beeswax, etc.||C.D.B.K.A display class cup||Open||1||Paul Boyle, Louth||No award||No award|
|26||1 section (novice class)||Bill Mellon trophy||CDBKA only||0||No entries||No entries||No entries|
|27||1 jar honey (novice class)||R. Shackleton trophy||CDBKA only||10||David McManus, Kilternan||Michelle Merne, Co. Dublin||No award||Orla Devane, Co. Dublin||Brian Porter, Co. Dublin|
|28||2 jars light, medium or dark honey.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||CDBKA only||13||Padraig O’Chaomhánaig||David McManus, Kilternan||Benny Myers, Co. Dublin||Michelle Merne, Co. Dublin|
|n/a||Supreme run honey||John Kerney Cup||Open||Mark Fitzpatrick, North Kildare||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|n/a||Supreme comb honey||Dan Deasy Cup||Open||Stuart Hayes, Co. Dublin||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|n/a||Highest points in classes 1-11||Gourmet cup||Open||John Summerville, Offaly||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|