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Autumn events


Irene Power. Photo: South Tipp Bees

And autumn is upon us.  After a dreadful winter that lasted through spring we had a fine summer – now in its last gasp.  The honey is harvested, the bees are made ready for winter.  The season for mending, planning, learning and socialising is upon us.

Our first autumn lecture this year is next Monday, 7th October. The lecture on will be delivered by Irene Power from South Tipp BKA.  Irene has just become a Federation lecturer, and she is an experienced and successful beekeeper.  Irene’s chosen topic is:

‘Autumn management leading to successful overwintering’

Given the losses that many experenced last winter, this is an important topic and the timing is perfect.  Entry is free for CDBKA members.


Next up after that is the highlight of the beekeeping calendar, The Dublin Honey Show.  Once again this year we will have:

  • Competitions for honey, wax, mead, cakes, etc.
  • Two lectures on beekeeping-related topics, at 12:00 noon and 2pm.  Make sure you arrive early – last year they were oversubscribed
  • A variety of local honeys for sale from the association’s bees and for the first time, a stand where members can sell their honey by arrangement

    An entry in the honey show. Photo: Kieran Harnett

    An entry in the honey show. Photo: Kieran Harnett

  • Beekeeping equipment and books for sale
  • A craft fair
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits.

Check out the wonderful photos taken at last year’s event here.

The Dublin Honey Show will be held on Saturday 2nd November from 10:30am to 4:00pm in Christ Church, Rathgar.  The entry fee of just €2 goes to our chosen charity.  This year there will be a new class, restricted to members of Co Dublin BKA – so Dublin beekeepers – please enter your honey but also your wax, mead, cakes etc. and please, if you can spare a few hours, give us a hand by volunteering on the day.

See you there!

Autumn events

Hello beekeepers and friends of beekeeping,

I trust your harvest is safely gathered in and more importantly your bees are tucked up, treated and fed for the winter. For beekeepers, the year ends with the harvest and begins with wintering down – for example, Ted Hooper‘s Classic ‘Bees and Honey‘ is organised thus.  So Happy new year.

Seamus Reddy, FIBKA President

The Co Dublin BKA’s series of autumn lectures kicks off this coming Monday (tomorrow) with a talk by Seamus Reddy  –  president of FIBKA.  Seamus will speak on the current position of Beekeeping in Ireland.  There will also be a presentation of certificates to all who have sat FIBKA Examinations in the past year.

A propos of studying, you may be interested to learn that CDBKA member and FIBKA vice-President Eamon Magee is planning to set up a study group for the FIBKA exams.  The FIBKA exams are pretty tough and a study group is a great way of making the studying more successful and less painful.  Eamon is keen to hear from anyone interested – please see his contact details here.

Coming up soon is this year’s Honey Show on 3rd November in Christ Church Hall, Rathgar.  Here’s what you will find to tempt you:

  • A competition for beekeepers – prizes are competed for in honey, wax, cakes, candles, photographs, mead and plenty more. If you have not entered before, why not try your luck and enter your honey in the novice class or submit a photograph?  Most classes are open to members of any Irish beekeeping association.  The schedule and entry form are now available for download here, here, here and here.
  • This year, for the first time, two fascinating lectures: this year we offer you a lecture on ‘Beginning with bees’ at 12:00 noon and a well-recommended lecture on the history of beekeeping in Ireland at 2pm.
  • A sale of excellent honey from the CDBKA apiary in the Dublin mountains, other hive products and country produce.
  • Tea and coffee and delicious home-made cakes.
  • A craft fair where you can buy your Christmas presents.
  • Beekeeping products on sale

Entry is just €2, with all the entry fees going to a good cause – the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook.  Put it in your diary, and if you are planning to buy honey, come early – we usually sell out before the end.

Look forward to seeing you there!


Simon Rees, Honey show secretary

p.s. attention Facebook users – check out the Facebook group ‘Beekeepers of Ireland’. Lively discussion, 62 members and growing…