The Dublin Honey Show is over for another year, and what a great show it was! Tons of entries, lots of visitors, a high standard of entries, great lectures and a popular craft fair.
Here are a few stats from this year’s Dublin Honey Show:
- This year we had a record number of entries – 258, up from 203 last year.
- We had 4 judges for the first time. With all the entries they had plenty of work to do!
- For the first time in years we did not sell out of honey – because our association apiary had so much.
- Our nominated charity to collect the fee on the door, the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, were delighted to report that there were about 440 paying visitors, up from 290 last year.
- This year we created 2 new classes – cut comb restricted to CDBKA, and the “Any item related to bees or beekeeping and ineligible for entry in another class” class. The former was not a success, attracting only one entry – but the latter attracted 7 interesting entries and much discussion.
- In 2012, all of the the first prizes were won by just 7 people – this year there were 17 different winners of first prizes. For me, this means that more of our entrants are bringing high quality entries than in previous years. That’s really good news I think.
Special thanks to everyone – judges, entrants, visitors, craft fair stallholders and most of the all the Dublin beekeeper volunteers – for making this year’s honey show such a special event.
Results from the 2014 Dublin Honey Show
|No. 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||8||No award||No award||No award|
|2||12 jars of light, medium or dark honey. As offered for sale.||Avoca Nurseries perpetual trophy||Open||11||Dermot O'Flaherty||No award||John Summerville||Eleanor Attridge||Paul Boyle|
|3||2 jars light honey.||Chivers trophy||Open||22||Norman Robbins||Gerry Ryan||John Murphy|
|4||2 jars medium honey. Heather excluded.||Monument Creamery cup||Open||26||Paul Boyle||John Summerville||Vincent Groult||Norman Robbins||John Murphy||Ashtown Walled Garden, Keith Pierce|
|5||2 jars dark honey. Heather excluded.||I.A.C. perpetual trophy||Open||8||Pat Kavanagh||John Summerville||No award||Tony Lynch||Dave Morris|
|6||2 jars heather honey.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||4||Gerry Ryan||No award||No award|
|7||2 jars granulated or creamed honey.||C.D.B.K.A challenge cup||Open||7||John Summerville||Gerry Ryan||Eleanor Attridge|
|8||2 Floral honey sections. Ling free.||Rowans trophy||Open||6||Benny Myers||Sean Byrne||James McGinley||Tony Lynch||Jenny Fuller|
|9||2 Heather honey sections.||Sir James Mackey trophy||Open||1||No award||No award||No award|
|10||2 jars chunk honey.||Tom Kehoe trophy||Open||4||Eleanor Attridge||Dara Kilmartin||No award|
|11||2 containers of cut comb.||Ned Smyth trophy||Open||5||Eleanor Attridge||John Summerville||No award||Norman Butler|
|12||1 frame suitable for extraction.||Green Acres cup||Open||8||Vincent Greenan||Gerry Ryan||Liam McGarry||Eleanor Attridge|
|13||1 cake of beeswax.||McGrane Apiaries trophy||Open||9||Kevin Keane||Eleanor Attridge||Dermot O'Flaherty|
|14||5 blocks beeswax matching.||C.D.B.K.A bowl||Open||10||Kevin Keane||Eleanor Attridge||Dermot O'Flaherty||Judith Leonard||Paul Boyle|
|15||6 honey biscuits.||Hans Flohr trophy||Open||6||Eleanor Attridge||Irene Power||Ann O'Suilleabhain||Kevin Keane|
|16||Honey cake.||McGrane cake knife||Open||11||Irene Power||Poppy Fitzpatrick||Gavin Fitzpatrick||Eleanor Kilmartin||Kathleen Shoebridge||Eleanor Attridge|
|17||Beeswax polish in tin or jar.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||8||Jenny Fuller||Judith Leonard||Paul Boyle||Dara Kilmartin|
|18||3 beeswax candles all made by moulding.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||5||John Summerville||Eleanor Attridge||Gavin Fitzpatrick||Paul Boyle|
|19||3 beeswax candles made any method other than moulding.||N.K.B cup||Open||3||Paul Boyle||Gavin Fitzpatrick||No award|
|20||Dry mead.||Grape & grain trophy||Open||4||John Summerville||No award||Benny Myers|
|21||Sweet mead.||Country cellar trophy||Open||2||John Summerville||No award||No award||Benny Myers|
|22||Metheglin / Melomel.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||2||Eleanor Attridge||John Summerville||No award|
|23||Photograph. Black and white or colour.||C.D.B.K.A silver frame||Open||32||John Murphy||Eleanor Attridge||Michael McCourt||Paul Boyle||Luan Alton||Liam McGarry|
|24||Dark jar of honey. To be completely covered except cap. Judged by taste and smell.||C.D.B.K.A perpetual trophy||Open||31||James McGinley||Jenny Fuller||Liam McGarry||Pat Kavanagh||Karl Kieran||Vincent Groult|
|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||3||Eleanor Attridge||Paul Boyle||John Summerville|
|26||Any item related to bees or beekeeping and ineligible for entry in another class.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||7||Paddy Holohan||Eleanor Attridge||Kieran Harnett||Paul Boyle|
|27||1 section (novice class)||Bill Mellon trophy||CDBKA only||0||No entries||No entries||No entries|
|28||1 jar honey (novice class)||R. Shackleton trophy||CDBKA only||4||Ruth Feighery||Rena Willoughby||Kevin Cullen|
|29||2 jars light, medium or dark honey.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||CDBKA only||10||Dara Kilmartin||Pat Kavanagh||Ruth Feighery||Orla Devane||Kevin Cullen||Dave McManus|
|30||2 containers of cut comb.||Friends of the RHD trophy||CDBKA only||1||No award||No award||No award|
|n/a||Supreme run honey||John Kerney Cup||Open||n/a||Paul Boyle||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|n/a||Supreme comb honey||Dan Deasy Cup||Open||n/a||Vincent Greenan||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|n/a||Highest points in classes 1-11||Gourmet cup||Open||n/a||John Summerville||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|