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Results of the 75th Dublin Honey Show

Class1 st2 nd3 rdVery Highly Commended
1G. Clancy-J. SummervilleM. Nolan
2J. Summerville---
3J. SummervilleR. FitzpatrickG. ClancyE. Fuller
4J. SummervilleD. & T. O’BrienE. ByrneB. O’Reilly
5J. SummervilleH. Martin
6K. PreschM. Gleeson--
7M. NolanR. FitspatrickG. Clancy-
8T. LynchR. BreslinJ. SummervilleJ. Fuller
10J. SummervilleJ. Keogh--
11P. WalshG. ClancyJ. HillO. Devane
12O. DevaneM. MathewsB. O’Reilly-
13O. DevaneS. MurphyB. O’ReillyA. Hamilton
14S. MurphyB. O’ReillyJ. LeonardJ. Cowan
15A. HamiltonO. Devane-B. O’Reilly
16O. ReillyH. MartinA. Cullen-
17A. O’SuilleabhainO. ReillyH. MartinK. Norton
18J. SummervilleD. McCartneyA. HamiltonM. Mathews
19J. SummervilleD. McCartney--
20D. McCartneyJ. Summerville--
21D. McCartney---
22T. O’BrienAlbert HamiltonS. MortellS. O’Hara
23B. O’Reilly---
24L. McCleanJ. SummervilleR. KleeB. O’Reilly
25C. MerriganO. Devane-D. Christodoulides
26M. WallS. O’DwyerM. O’NeillP. O’Brien
27M. KellyV. GroultJ. Thorp-
28S. GroultR. TimminsD. MorrisV. Groult
29S. MortellJ. GroultP. WasylecS. Groult
30S. GroultK. ShoebridgeJ. GroultSt. Michael’s College

Get ready for the 2018 Co. Dublin Honey Show!

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, 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

Results Honey Show 2017

CDBKA only
First prizeSecond prizeThird prizeVery highly commendedHighly commendedCommended 
124 jars of light, medium or dark honey.Powers to bees trophyOpen-----------
212 jars of light, medium or dark honey.  As offered for sale.Avoca Nurseries perpetual trophyOpenJ. SummervilleE. Attridge---
32 jars light honey.Chivers trophyOpenE. AttridgeM.Matthews---
42 jars medium honey.  Heather excluded.Monument Creamery cupOpenA. Nic Giolla CodaJ. SummervilleN. RobinsE. O'Reilly-
52 jars dark honey.  Heather excluded.I.A.C. perpetual trophyOpenA. Nic Giolla CodaJ. SummervilleA. Hamilton-
62 jars heather honey.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpenM. GleesonM. Matthews---
72 jars granulated or creamed honey.C.D.B.K.A challenge cupOpenD. McCartneyE. AttridgeM. Wall---
82 Floral honey sections.  Ling free.Rowans trophyOpenT. LynchP. MercerJ. Fuller--
92 Heather honey sections.Sir James Mackey trophyOpen--R. Breslin---
102 jars chunk honey.Tom Kehoe trophyOpenA. Hamilton---
112 containers of cut comb.Ned Smyth trophyOpenJ. SummervilleE. AttridgeJ. KeoghD. McCartney--
121 frame suitable for extraction.Green Acres cupOpenE. AttridgeV. DoranA. Nic Giolla CodaR. Feighery--
131 cake of beeswax.McGrane Apiaries trophyOpenE. AttridgeM. Matthews
145 blocks beeswax matching.Horkan SalverOpenO. DevaneD. McCartneyB. O'Reilly-
156 honey biscuits.Hans Flohr trophyOpenK. NortonO. O'ReillyA. O'Suillebhan
16Honey cake.McGrane cake knife OpenK. NortonH. MartinI. SpeirsO. O'Reilly-
17Beeswax polish in tin or jar.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpenM. WallA. HamiltonI. O'ReillyG. O'Neill---
183 beeswax candles all made by moulding.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpenE. AttridgeB. O'ReillyJ. SummervilleA. Hamilton--
193 beeswax candles made any method other than moulding.N.K.B cup Open--
20Dry mead.Grape & grain trophyOpenJ. Summerville---
21Sweet mead.Country cellar trophy OpenD. McCartneyJ. SummervilleA. Nic Giolla Coda---
22Metheglin / Melomel.Donegal Bees cupOpenD. McCartney---
23Photograph.  Black and white or colour.C.D.B.K.A silver frameOpenE. AttridgeA. Hamilton---
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 cupOpenE. Attridge----
25Any item related to bees or beekeeping and ineligible for entry in another class.C.D.B.K.A trophy
OpenR. SmythE. ByrneA. Hamilton
26Covered jar of honey.  To be completely covered except cap.  Novice class.Benny Myers trophyOpenB. McDonaldD. GleesonE. ByrneJ. Thorp---
271 section (novice class)Bill Mellon trophyCDBKA only------
281 jar honey (novice class)R. Shackleton trophy CDBKA only----
292 jars light, medium or dark honey. C.D.B.K.A trophyCDBKA onlyO. Devan---
302 containers of cut comb.Friends of the RHD trophyCDBKA only------
Supreme run honeyJohn Kerney Cup OpenA. Nic Giolla Coda
Supreme comb honeyDan Deasy Cup OpenT. Lynch
Highest points in classes 1-11Gourmet cupOpenJ. Summerville

Congratulations Olly

Olly Nolan a member of the Co Dublin Beekeepers just won gold for his entry into the Blas Na hEireann food awards and then some……. Congratulation to him on his success.

“Super excited, still can’t believe it, I’ve just won #gold for my heather #honey at the Blas Na HEireann Irish Food Awards 😀😀😀

As I was picking up the award they announced that I was also ‘Best in #Dublin‘ too, can you believe it, best food producer in Dublin.

Well done to all my busy #bees 🐝🐝🐝💤💤💤💤💤🍯🍯🍯🍯🍯”

#Blas2017 #ollysfarm #irishhoney

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Honey show this Saturday, 5th November

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