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Report and results from the County Dublin honey show 2016

The County Dublin honey show is over for another year, and what a great show it was!  The number of entries was up again – a record 286 entries.  More entrants than ever registered online, which makes life easier for everyone.

The County Dublin honey show goes from strength to strength

The County Dublin honey show goes from strength to strength

The number of visitors, at 480, was another record – doubtless helped by the rain staying away (for the first time, it feels, in living memory!).  We sold all of our Dublin Beekeepers’ Association honey, so (importantly) our association did OK financially.

We expect to get some photos from the show, so please check back here in a couple of days for the photo gallery.  The results of the honey show competition are shown below – or you can download an .xls file from here.

Big thanks to all the volunteers, competition entrants, judges and craft fair stallholders for your help in making the 2016 County Dublin honey show a great event.

Simon Rees, outgoing honey show secretary

ClassDescriptionPrizeOpen/
CDBKA only
No. of entriesFirst prizeSecond prizeThird prizeVery highly commendedHighly commendedCommended 
124 jars of light, medium or dark honey.Powers to bees trophyOpen3Gavin Fitzpatrick-----
212 jars of light, medium or dark honey.  As offered for sale.Avoca Nurseries perpetual trophyOpen8Paul BoyleJohn SummervilleEleanor Attridge---
32 jars light honey.Chivers trophyOpen27Eleanor AttridgeLucy FitzpatrickHugh Holmes---
42 jars medium honey.  Heather excluded.Monument Creamery cupOpen25Malachy MatthewsAlbert HamiltonBotanic GardensDave McManusJohn Summerville-
52 jars dark honey.  Heather excluded.I.A.C. perpetual trophyOpen8John SummervilleAlbert Hamilton-Paul BoyleDave McManus-
62 jars heather honey.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen6John SummervilleJohn MurphySean Byrne---
72 jars granulated or creamed honey.C.D.B.K.A challenge cupOpen9Malachy MatthewsPaul Boyle----
82 Floral honey sections.  Ling free.Rowans trophyOpen4Tony Lynch-Irene PowerMairead Lynch--
92 Heather honey sections.Sir James Mackey trophyOpen2--Irene Power---
102 jars chunk honey.Tom Kehoe trophyOpen8Albert HamiltonEleanor AttridgeJohn Summerville---
112 containers of cut comb.Ned Smyth trophyOpen4John KeoghJohn Summerville----
121 frame suitable for extraction.Green Acres cupOpen4Paul BoyleEamon MageeVincent GreenanEleanor Attridge--
131 cake of beeswax.McGrane Apiaries trophyOpen12Gavin FitzpatrickChristina BradleyEleanor AttridgeIrene PowerMalachy MatthewsAlbert Hamilton
145 blocks beeswax matching.Horkan SalverOpen14Bernie O'ReillyOrla DevanePaul BoyleDavid McCartneyDara Kilmartin-
156 honey biscuits.Hans Flohr trophyOpen15Tom ByrneAnn O'SuilleabhainChristina BradleyKen NortonHugh HolmesAlbert Hamilton
16Honey cake.McGrane cake knife Open14Laura FinneganKen NortonAnn O'SuilleabhainLucy FitzpatrickMary Wall-
17Beeswax polish in tin or jar.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen7Orla DevaneGerry O'NeillAlbert Hamilton---
183 beeswax candles all made by moulding.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen11Judith LeonardJohn SummervilleEleanor AttridgePaul Boyle--
193 beeswax candles made any method other than moulding.N.K.B cup Open7Paul BoyleGavin FitzpatrickAlbert Hamilton-Christina Bradley-
20Dry mead.Grape & grain trophyOpen9Malachy MatthewsPaul Boyle-John Summerville--
21Sweet mead.Country cellar trophy Open9David McCartneyHugh HolmesJohn Summerville---
22Metheglin / Melomel.Donegal Bees cupOpen11Hugh HolmesDavid McCartneyChristina Bradley---
23Photograph.  Black and white or colour.C.D.B.K.A silver frameOpen15Albert HamiltonEleanor AttridgeChristina Bradley---
24Display class.  Collection of bee products consisting of jars of different honey sections, cut comb, mead, beeswax, etc.C.D.B.K.A display class cupOpen2Paul BoyleEleanor Attridge----
25Any item related to bees or beekeeping and ineligible for entry in another class.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen12Laura FinneganPaul BoyleMary WallGavin FitzpatrickMairead LynchJudith Leonard
26Covered jar of honey.  To be completely covered except cap.  Novice class.Benny Myers trophyOpen22Brian O'TooleSharon LallySinead Finn---
271 section (novice class)Bill Mellon trophyCDBKA only0------
281 jar honey (novice class)R. Shackleton trophy CDBKA only10Chris Merrigan-Sarah McNestry & Mary Meagher---
292 jars light, medium or dark honey. C.D.B.K.A trophyCDBKA only8Dave McManusJohn MurphyRena McDonald---
302 containers of cut comb.Friends of the RHD trophyCDBKA only0------




Supreme run honeyJohn Kerney Cup Openn/aMalachy Matthews
Supreme comb honeyDan Deasy Cup Openn/aTony Lynch
Highest points in classes 1-11Gourmet cupOpenn/aJohn Summerville

 

Latest news on the County Dublin honey show

Here’s the latest update on the County Dublin Honey Show on Saturday 5th November:

Lots of entries already in the honey show competition

_N8R2477.jpgAs of Thursday 27th, we have already received around 150 entries to the honey show from nearly twenty entrants – 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 12:00 noon Dr. Tomás Murray from the National Biodiversity Data Centre will give a talk entitled ‘Stingin’ in the Rain: Monitoring Ireland’s Bumblebees’.
  • At 2pm, highly experienced beekeeper and lecturer Willie O’Byrne will give a lecture entitled ‘From Plant to Pot’.

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 & photos

The Dublin Honey Show’s over for another year.

Beekeeper & professional photographer has Kieran Harnett taken a set of smashing photos at last weekend’s Dublin honey show.  You can see them here.  Big thanks to the honey show sub-committee, judges, stewards, lecturers, volunteers and friends for all your contributions that gave us a great show.

Here are the results of this year’s Honey Show competition:

Dublin Honey Show results 2015

ClassDescriptionPrizeOpen/
CDBKA only
No. of entriesFirst prizeSecond prizeThird prizeVery highly commendedHighly commendedCommended
124 jars of light, medium or dark honey.Powers to bees trophyOpen8Paul BoyleKieran Harnett--Dara KilmartinMichael Gleeson
212 jars of light, medium or dark honey. As offered for sale.Avoca Nurseries perpetual trophyOpen8John SummervilleDara Kilmartin----
32 jars light honey.Chivers trophyOpen29Albert HamiltonKeith PierceLucy FitzpatrickNorman RobinsMark FitzpatrickMartin Curran
42 jars medium honey. Heather excluded.Monument Creamery cupOpen26John SummervilleOrla DevaneMichael GleesonKieran HarnettMichael WildesEleanor Attridge
52 jars dark honey. Heather excluded.I.A.C. perpetual trophyOpen8John Summerville-----
62 jars heather honey.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen6Michael Gleeson-----
72 jars granulated or creamed honey.C.D.B.K.A challenge cupOpen6John SummervillePaul Boyle----
82 Floral honey sections. Ling free.Rowans trophyOpen5Tony LynchJohn SummervilleDorothy McGinleyStuart HayesBenny Myers-
92 Heather honey sections.Sir James Mackey trophyOpen1John Summerville-----
102 jars chunk honey.Tom Kehoe trophyOpen5Eleanor AttridgeAlbert HamiltonLiam McGarry---
112 containers of cut comb.Ned Smyth trophyOpen3Liam McGarry-----
121 frame suitable for extraction.Green Acres cupOpen7Eleanor AttridgeAlan BradyNorman RobinsLiam McGarryDara Kilmartin-
131 cake of beeswax.McGrane Apiaries trophyOpen7Christina BradleyEleanor AttridgeAlbert HamiltonHugh HolmesDavid McCartneyPaul Boyle
145 blocks beeswax matching.C.D.B.K.A bowlOpen11Norman RobinsDara KilmartinOrla Devane-Eleanor AttridgePaul Boyle
156 honey biscuits.Hans Flohr trophyOpen10Poppy FitzpatrickAnn O'SuilleabhainHugh HolmesAlbert HamiltonKen NortonChristina Bradley
16Honey cake.McGrane cake knifeOpen11Fiona NoonanAnn O'SuilleabhainLucy FitzpatrickOrla DevaneEleanor AttridgeKen Norton
17Beeswax polish in tin or jar.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen8Orla Devane-Albert Hamilton---
183 beeswax candles all made by moulding.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen7Paul Boyle-Eleanor AttridgeDorothy McGinley--
193 beeswax candles made any method other than moulding.N.K.B cupOpen1Paul Boyle-----
20Dry mead.Grape & grain trophyOpen8David McCartneyJohn SummervilleAlbert HamiltonChristina BradleyHugh Holmes-
21Sweet mead.Country cellar trophyOpen8Christina BradleyDavid McCartneyHugh HolmesJohn Summerville--
22Metheglin / Melomel.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen7Hugh HolmesJohn SummervilleDavid McCartney---
23Photograph. Black and white or colour.C.D.B.K.A silver frameOpen9Keith PiercePaul BoyleChristina BradleyAlbert Hamilton--
24Dark jar of honey. To be completely covered except cap. Novice class.C.D.B.K.A perpetual trophyOpen3Tim McCarthyMichael WildesAnne Wildes---
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 cupOpen2Paul Boyle-----
26Any item related to bees or beekeeping and ineligible for entry in another class.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen7Michelle MernePaul BoyleSiobhan RichardsonPaul LonerganDavid McCartneyAlbert Hamilton
271 section (novice class)Bill Mellon trophyCDBKA only0------
281 jar honey (novice class)R. Shackleton trophyCDBKA only0------
292 jars light, medium or dark honey. C.D.B.K.A trophyCDBKA only8Dave McManusOrla DevaneDara KilmartinMichael Gleeson--
302 containers of cut comb.Friends of the RHD trophyCDBKA only2--Michael Gleeson---

All set for the Dublin honey show

The evenings are drawing in – the Dublin honey show must be coming soon!

Honey judges and a steward discussing a show entry

Honey judges and a steward discussing a show entry

This year we hold our honey show on Saturday 7th November, from 10:30am till 4pm at Christ Church, Rathgar.  There you will find:

  • The best raw 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
  • Beekeeping-related lectures at 12:00 noon and 2pm (one of our lecturers this year is a famous beekeeper!)
  • Teas, coffees, sandwiches and delicious cake

If you are keen on buying honey, do come early because we always sell out.

This year two of our judges are from the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association – Bron and David Wright.  Bron and David Wright have been keeping bees in Edinburgh since 1997 and have been Scottish Honey Judges since 2008.  They have judged at local and national level, including the National Honey Show in London.  They continue to exhibit at local and national level in a variety of classes including honey, wax, mead and baking.

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 Simon.

Simon Rees, Honey Show Secretary

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