It’s that time of year again when we beekeepers prepare our entries for the Dublin Honey Show. It’s the highlight of the beekeeping year, and we Dublin beekeepers welcome visitors from everywhere to participate in our show.
This year we are proud to be staging our 75th honey show on Saturday 3rd November, from 10:00am till 4pm at Christ Church, Rathgar. There you will find:
- The best Dublin honey for sale
- A competition for the best honey / mead / candles / photographs etc. If you are a beekeeper, come and enter your produce – and try win a prize! If not, come and marvel at the beautiful exhibits.
- A craft fair
- Face painting
- Teas, coffees, sandwiches and delicious cake
If you are keen on buying honey, do come early because we always sell out.
If you are entering the competition, you will need the schedule of classes and the rules. You can download them here and here. You can enter online using the form at http://dublinbees.org/entryform, or download an entry form here.
Finally, if you are a member of the Co. Dublin beekeepers’ association and can spare a few hours to help out on the day, we’d love to have you. If you can help out, click here to email John.
John Keogh, Honey Show Secretary
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||
It’s that time of year again when the beekeeper’s relatives are racking their brains for bee-related presents (hint!) and beekeepers are wishing they’d kept more honey back to serve as Christmas gifts. In no time at all it will be 2012.
After the success of the Year of the Honeybee 2011, early in 2012 we have the International Bee Health Symposium – on Saturday, on 24th March in the Citywest Hotel. It has just been announced that the deadline for early bird registration has been extended until the 11th of January next year. According to an email just received from the organisers:
“In a novel approach, The International Bee Health Symposium will feature roundtable discussions between beekeepers and leading scientists with the aim of transferring knowledge between the two groups, creating practical solutions to dramatically reduce colony loss.
Experts have been invited to report briefly on current advances in the field and then participate in roundtable discussions which will be facilitated by the scientists and leading beekeepers. These experts have been chosen not only for their research but also because we know they communicate this very well to beekeepers.
- Professor Robert Paxton, (Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) – Nosema
- Professor Ingemar Fries, (University of Uppsala, Sweden) – Varroa Viruses & Foulbrood
- Dr Romée van der Zee, (Netherlands Centre for Bee Research, NCB, Netherlands) – Colony Losses
- Professor Francis Ratnieks, (University of Sussex, UK) – Bee Behaviour & Hygienic Behaviour
- Speaker TBC – Veterinary Regulations of Treatments
The programme will consist of 3 state-of-the-art plenary lectures, (open to all), delivered by invited experts followed by 3 concurrent roundtable discussions led by the experts and facilitated by beekeepers and researchers. This format will be repeated in the afternoon with 3 further topics and the meeting will conclude with a short plenary discussion session.”
This idea of bringing the expert beekeepers and scientists together to address the bee health issues together seems a good one, as there is frequently a difference of opinion between the academics and practitioners. Early bird registration costs €50. To book, visit the website http://www.beehealth2012.ie/
Of course, this is just one of the beekeeping events in Dublin during 2012. You can check out our latest calendar of events including our spring lectures and beginners’ course here.
Merry Christmas all
Simon Rees, outgoing chairperson
The Dublin Honey Show is now accepting entries. This year you may enter the honey show competition online using the form at www.dublinbees.org/entryform – or fill out the traditional entry form, and post it to the Honey Show Secretary or bring it along on the day. If you enter in good time, either online or by post, we can post your entry labels to you. Here are the documents:
Co Dublin BKA honey show classes 2014
Co Dublin BKA honey show rules & regulations 2014
Co Dublin BKA honey show entry form 2014
This year we have three new entry classes, including two that are restricted to Co Dublin BKA members, to give all our members the best possible chance of winning prizes. We look forward to seeing you – and your entries – at the Honey Show in Christ Church, Rathgar on November the 8th. After last year’s record event we are expecting another busy year, with lots of entries and plenty of honey for sale.
Once again we have two free lectures for visitors:
– At noon, expert beekeeper Keith Pierce will speak on ‘Beginning with bees’
– At 2pm, environmentalist and former Green Party TD Mary White will speak on the topic ‘Bees Work for Man but Does Man Work for Bees?’
Finally, if you can spare some time to help out on the day, please let our honey show secretary – Simon – know via his email address: simon<at>simonrees.com.
The 24 jar class
Finally, the Dublin Honey Show is upon us. The cups are polished and ready for this year’s winners, the Dublin Beekeepers’ Association honey is bottled and labelled ready for sale, the volunteers are all signed up and ready to make the show run like clockwork, and throughout the county and wider country, competitors are putting the finishing touches to their entries.
The Irish did very well at the UK National Honey Show last weekend as you can see here, and some of the winning entries will come to Dublin to try their luck. There are a number of competition classes that are designed for beginners, including the ‘dark jar ‘ class where the honey is judged on taste and aroma alone, so if you are relatively new to beekeeping competitions, do try a quick entry – you never know! The entry form and rules can be found here.
We look forward to welcoming you all to our honey show. As well as a beekeeping competition it’s a chance to buy honey from Co Dublin and to browse the craft stalls which are always popular. It’s held at Christ Church, Rathgar D6, from 10:30am to 4pm this Saturday, 5th November.
We look forward to welcoming you! As per last year, the entry fee is €2, which goes to this year’s charity, the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook.
Simon Rees, Chairperson