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Latest news on the County Dublin honey show

Here’s the latest update on the County Dublin Honey Show on Saturday 4th November:

Lots of entries already in the honey show competition

_N8R2477.jpgAs of Monday 16th, we are already receiving  entries to the honey show – so it’s shaping up to be another busy show.

If you want to enter the honey show competition, have a read of the competition classes and rules here and here – then you can enter online here.  You might like to read Keith Pierce’s tips on preparing your entries for show.

Lectures

At the County Dublin honey show we always offer attendees two free lectures.  We have just confirmed the lecturers and their topics:

  • At 11:00 and 13:00 am Maeve Clissmann wil show a cartoon video on bees for children followed
  • At 11:30 and 13:30 am by an Introductory video for adults
  • At 12:00 noon and 14:00, Jim Ryan will give a talk on “Honey Bees, Wasps and Bumble Bees”.

Make sure you arrive early for the lectures as they are usually very popular!

Honey for sale

As usual, we will be selling our own County Dublin Beekeepers’ Association honey at the show.  It’s beautiful honey at a good price, so we usually sell out by lunchtime.  Once the association’s honey is all gone, our members are permitted to sell their own honey – but even that usually sells out before the show closes!

Parking for the show

As the honey show’s in the centre of Rathgar, parking is limited.  The main entrance to the Honey Show in Christ Church Rathgar is on Highfield Road.  There is parking here but very limited, and we are required to keep the entrance to the inner cap park free for traders who rent spaces there.   Here’s where you will find other parking:

  • Coming from the village on Highfield Road take the first turn right onto Oaklands Drive, (entrance to St Luke’s Hospital) There is free parking on the right generally quiet on a Saturday. 
  • Almost opposite the turn for Oaklands Drive is Templemore Ave. This is a narrow road with limited free spaces, just as you turn onto the road. 
  • Parallel with Templemore Ave is Neville Road and this is free at the weekend. Plenty of spaces here.
  • All of these Roads will take a 5 minute walk approx to honey show.
  • Coming from Rathmines on the Rathgar Road into Rathgar village, at the traffic lights turn left onto Orwell Road (left at Deli Boutique), Just after SuperValu turn right into a recycling centre with parking. Free on a Saturday. From this car park is the entrance to Rathgar Tennis club and parking here is free.
  • If you miss the turn into the recycling centre keep right at the “V” and take the first turn right onto Victoria Road. Free parking Saturday. 

All these parking spots are a 5 min walk approx to Christ Church. ( a little quicker if you walk in one entrance of SuperValu  and out the other!)

We look forward to seeing you – and your entries – at the Honey Show in Christ Church, Rathgar.

Dublin honey show results

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

ClassDescriptionPrizeOpen/
CDBKA only
No. of entriesFirst prizeSecond prizeThird prizeVery highly commendedHighly commendedCommended 
124 jars of light, medium or dark honey.Powers to bees trophyOpen8No awardNo awardNo award
212 jars of light, medium or dark honey.  As offered for sale.Avoca Nurseries perpetual trophyOpen11Dermot O'FlahertyNo awardJohn SummervilleEleanor AttridgePaul Boyle
32 jars light honey.Chivers trophyOpen22Norman RobbinsGerry RyanJohn Murphy
42 jars medium honey.  Heather excluded.Monument Creamery cupOpen26Paul BoyleJohn SummervilleVincent GroultNorman RobbinsJohn MurphyAshtown Walled Garden, Keith Pierce
52 jars dark honey.  Heather excluded.I.A.C. perpetual trophyOpen8Pat KavanaghJohn SummervilleNo awardTony LynchDave Morris
62 jars heather honey.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen4Gerry RyanNo awardNo award
72 jars granulated or creamed honey.C.D.B.K.A challenge cupOpen7John SummervilleGerry RyanEleanor Attridge
82 Floral honey sections.  Ling free.Rowans trophyOpen6Benny MyersSean ByrneJames McGinleyTony LynchJenny Fuller
92 Heather honey sections.Sir James Mackey trophyOpen1No awardNo awardNo award
102 jars chunk honey.Tom Kehoe trophyOpen4Eleanor AttridgeDara KilmartinNo award
112 containers of cut comb.Ned Smyth trophyOpen5Eleanor AttridgeJohn SummervilleNo awardNorman Butler
121 frame suitable for extraction.Green Acres cupOpen8Vincent GreenanGerry RyanLiam McGarryEleanor Attridge
131 cake of beeswax.McGrane Apiaries trophyOpen9Kevin KeaneEleanor AttridgeDermot O'Flaherty
145 blocks beeswax matching.C.D.B.K.A bowlOpen10Kevin KeaneEleanor AttridgeDermot O'FlahertyJudith LeonardPaul Boyle
156 honey biscuits.Hans Flohr trophyOpen6Eleanor AttridgeIrene PowerAnn O'SuilleabhainKevin Keane
16Honey cake.McGrane cake knife Open11Irene PowerPoppy FitzpatrickGavin FitzpatrickEleanor KilmartinKathleen ShoebridgeEleanor Attridge
17Beeswax polish in tin or jar.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen8Jenny FullerJudith LeonardPaul BoyleDara Kilmartin
183 beeswax candles all made by moulding.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen5John SummervilleEleanor AttridgeGavin FitzpatrickPaul Boyle
193 beeswax candles made any method other than moulding.N.K.B cup Open3Paul BoyleGavin FitzpatrickNo award
20Dry mead.Grape & grain trophyOpen4John SummervilleNo awardBenny Myers
21Sweet mead.Country cellar trophy Open2John SummervilleNo awardNo awardBenny Myers
22Metheglin / Melomel.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen2Eleanor AttridgeJohn SummervilleNo award
23Photograph.  Black and white or colour.C.D.B.K.A silver frameOpen32John MurphyEleanor AttridgeMichael McCourtPaul BoyleLuan AltonLiam McGarry
24Dark jar of honey.  To be completely covered except cap.  Judged by taste and smell.C.D.B.K.A perpetual trophyOpen31James McGinleyJenny FullerLiam McGarryPat KavanaghKarl KieranVincent Groult
25Display class.  Collection of bee products consisting of jars of different honey sections, cut comb, mead, beeswax, etc.C.D.B.K.A display class cupOpen3Eleanor AttridgePaul BoyleJohn Summerville
26Any item related to bees or beekeeping and ineligible for entry in another class.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen7Paddy HolohanEleanor AttridgeKieran HarnettPaul Boyle
271 section (novice class)Bill Mellon trophyCDBKA only0No entriesNo entriesNo entries
281 jar honey (novice class)R. Shackleton trophy CDBKA only4Ruth FeigheryRena WilloughbyKevin Cullen
292 jars light, medium or dark honey. C.D.B.K.A trophyCDBKA only10Dara KilmartinPat KavanaghRuth FeigheryOrla DevaneKevin CullenDave McManus
302 containers of cut comb.Friends of the RHD trophyCDBKA only1No awardNo awardNo award
n/aSupreme run honeyJohn Kerney Cup Openn/aPaul Boylen/an/an/an/an/a
n/aSupreme comb honeyDan Deasy Cup Openn/aVincent Greenann/an/an/an/an/a
n/aHighest points in classes 1-11Gourmet cupOpenn/aJohn Summervillen/an/an/an/an/a

Merry Christmas from the Dublin beekeepers’ association

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 2014 Dublin Honey Show is now open for entries!

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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 beekeeping new year is here…

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…

As every beekeeper knows, the beekeeping year ends with the harvest.  For Dublin beekeepers, the harvest is in and it’s time to start the new year by preparing the bees for winter.  By this time most of our bees will be fed and tucked up for the winter.

It is in the colder months that beekeepers have more time to learn, to socialise and to repair equipment.  The Co. Dublin beekeepers’ association’s programme of events for members starts next Monday, 3rd October, with the first of our autumn lectures at Wesley Hall, Leeson Park, D6 – we hold three in autum and three more in spring.  Monday’s lecture is on how honeybees fly, given by yours truly, Simon Rees.

There are two more lectures to come before Christmas (as you’ll see from our online association diary) – and of course, our Honey Show.  That’s on Saturday 5th November in Christ Church, Rathgar.  For the beekeeper it’s a chance to enter competitions and win kudos and prizes – and for everyone else it’s a chance to buy top-quality local honey, learn about beekeeping and buy some early Christmas presents at the craft fair.  If you are in the market for honey, you might need to arrive early – last year we sold out of run honey by lunchtime, such was the demand and the short supply.  Mind, this year we have more to sell, happily.

Hope to see you at a beekeeping event soon…