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 hold our honey show on Saturday 5th 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
- 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 Simon.
Simon Rees, Honey Show Secretary
Delighted to announce the two lectures at this year’s Dublin Honey Show in Christ Church Hall, Rathgar on November 7th:
At 12:00 noon, Co Dublin beekeepers’ Secretary and highly experienced beekeeper Liam McGarry will speak on ‘Beginning beekeeping’
At 2:00pm: Philip McCabe, the Irishman recently elected President of Apimondia, the workdwide beekeeping organisation will talk on ‘Honey, the Oldest Known Medicine to Mankind’.
Be there early to guarantee a seat!
And if would like more details or you would like to enter your honey, mead, wax, cakes or photographs on the competition, you will find all you need to know here http://dublinbees.org/meet-the-beeke…/the-dublin-honey-show/
See you there!
Simon, honey show secretary
The Annual Beekeeping Summer Course was as usual a complete success! Please share your comments with us via here.
Welcome Beekeepers & Friends!
Bloom runs from Thursday 29th May to Monday 2nd June 2014.
The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations will have a marquee in the Conservation Zone. Please come find us & pick up some information on Beekeeping in Ireland, the Native Irish Black Bee & our very own Gormanston Summer School held from Sunday 27th July to Friday 1st August 2014.
Beekeepers will be in the marquee to:
- Show you an Observation Hive – see if you can spot the Queen!
- Describe what Beekeeping involves and how you can get started.
- Talk about what Bees can do for your garden.
To keep your garden blooming select some bee-friendly plants & flowers that will keep the “Bees of Ireland” thriving!
Check out all info via the Bloom website by clicking here.
Mid-January and most of us Dublin beekeepers have had a pretty mild winter so far – though the weather has turned colder now. The mild weather may have caused your bees to consume more stores – so do heft your hives to check whether the bees have enough stores. There’s a fondant supplier listed on our links page.
Joe Kelly teaching our beginners at an outdoor demonstration
For our association, beekeeping activities begin again next week. On Monday 21st we hold our AGM and all members are encouraged to attend. On Monday 4th February we have our first spring lecture, and the following day, Tuesday 5th, our beginners’ course starts. There are still places available so if you would like to learn all about beekeeping for just EUR 100 at our evening class, contact Ann via the details on this page.
Let’s hope for a good harvest in 2013 and hope to see you at one of our events!
Simon Rees, webmaster