|Class||1 st||2 nd||3 rd||Very Highly Commended|
|1||G. Clancy||-||J. Summerville||M. Nolan|
|3||J. Summerville||R. Fitzpatrick||G. Clancy||E. Fuller|
|4||J. Summerville||D. & T. O’Brien||E. Byrne||B. O’Reilly|
|5||J. Summerville||H. Martin|
|6||K. Presch||M. Gleeson||-||-|
|7||M. Nolan||R. Fitspatrick||G. Clancy||-|
|8||T. Lynch||R. Breslin||J. Summerville||J. Fuller|
|10||J. Summerville||J. Keogh||-||-|
|11||P. Walsh||G. Clancy||J. Hill||O. Devane|
|12||O. Devane||M. Mathews||B. O’Reilly||-|
|13||O. Devane||S. Murphy||B. O’Reilly||A. Hamilton|
|14||S. Murphy||B. O’Reilly||J. Leonard||J. Cowan|
|15||A. Hamilton||O. Devane||-||B. O’Reilly|
|16||O. Reilly||H. Martin||A. Cullen||-|
|17||A. O’Suilleabhain||O. Reilly||H. Martin||K. Norton|
|18||J. Summerville||D. McCartney||A. Hamilton||M. Mathews|
|19||J. Summerville||D. McCartney||-||-|
|20||D. McCartney||J. Summerville||-||-|
|22||T. O’Brien||Albert Hamilton||S. Mortell||S. O’Hara|
|24||L. McClean||J. Summerville||R. Klee||B. O’Reilly|
|25||C. Merrigan||O. Devane||-||D. Christodoulides|
|26||M. Wall||S. O’Dwyer||M. O’Neill||P. O’Brien|
|27||M. Kelly||V. Groult||J. Thorp||-|
|28||S. Groult||R. Timmins||D. Morris||V. Groult|
|29||S. Mortell||J. Groult||P. Wasylec||S. Groult|
|30||S. Groult||K. Shoebridge||J. Groult||St. Michael’s College|
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 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 John.
John Keogh, Honey Show Secretary
|First prize||Second prize||Third prize||Very highly commended||Highly commended||Commended|
|1||24 jars of light, medium or dark honey.||Powers to bees trophy||Open||-||--||--||--||--||--|
|2||12 jars of light, medium or dark honey. As offered for sale.||Avoca Nurseries perpetual trophy||Open||J. Summerville||E. Attridge||-||-||-|
|3||2 jars light honey.||Chivers trophy||Open||E. Attridge||M.Matthews||-||-||-|
|4||2 jars medium honey. Heather excluded.||Monument Creamery cup||Open||A. Nic Giolla Coda||J. Summerville||N. Robins||E. O'Reilly||-|
|5||2 jars dark honey. Heather excluded.||I.A.C. perpetual trophy||Open||A. Nic Giolla Coda||J. Summerville||A. Hamilton||-|
|6||2 jars heather honey.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||M. Gleeson||M. Matthews||-||-||-|
|7||2 jars granulated or creamed honey.||C.D.B.K.A challenge cup||Open||D. McCartney||E. Attridge||M. Wall||-||-||-|
|8||2 Floral honey sections. Ling free.||Rowans trophy||Open||T. Lynch||P. Mercer||J. Fuller||-||-|
|9||2 Heather honey sections.||Sir James Mackey trophy||Open||-||-||R. Breslin||-||-||-|
|10||2 jars chunk honey.||Tom Kehoe trophy||Open||A. Hamilton||-||-||-|
|11||2 containers of cut comb.||Ned Smyth trophy||Open||J. Summerville||E. Attridge||J. Keogh||D. McCartney||-||-|
|12||1 frame suitable for extraction.||Green Acres cup||Open||E. Attridge||V. Doran||A. Nic Giolla Coda||R. Feighery||-||-|
|13||1 cake of beeswax.||McGrane Apiaries trophy||Open||E. Attridge||M. Matthews|
|14||5 blocks beeswax matching.||Horkan Salver||Open||O. Devane||D. McCartney||B. O'Reilly||-|
|15||6 honey biscuits.||Hans Flohr trophy||Open||K. Norton||O. O'Reilly||A. O'Suillebhan|
|16||Honey cake.||McGrane cake knife||Open||K. Norton||H. Martin||I. Speirs||O. O'Reilly||-|
|17||Beeswax polish in tin or jar.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||M. Wall||A. Hamilton||I. O'Reilly||G. O'Neill-||-||-|
|18||3 beeswax candles all made by moulding.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||E. Attridge||B. O'Reilly||J. Summerville||A. Hamilton||-||-|
|19||3 beeswax candles made any method other than moulding.||N.K.B cup||Open||-||-|
|20||Dry mead.||Grape & grain trophy||Open||J. Summerville||-||-||-|
|21||Sweet mead.||Country cellar trophy||Open||D. McCartney||J. Summerville||A. Nic Giolla Coda||-||-||-|
|22||Metheglin / Melomel.||Donegal Bees cup||Open||D. McCartney||-||-||-|
|23||Photograph. Black and white or colour.||C.D.B.K.A silver frame||Open||E. Attridge||A. Hamilton||-||-||-|
|24||Display class. Collection of bee products consisting of jars of different honey sections, cut comb, mead, beeswax, etc.||C.D.B.K.A display class cup||Open||E. Attridge||-||-||-||-|
|25||Any item related to bees or beekeeping and ineligible for entry in another class.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||Open||R. Smyth||E. Byrne||A. Hamilton|
|26||Covered jar of honey. To be completely covered except cap. Novice class.||Benny Myers trophy||Open||B. McDonald||D. Gleeson||E. Byrne||J. Thorp-||-||-|
|27||1 section (novice class)||Bill Mellon trophy||CDBKA only||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|28||1 jar honey (novice class)||R. Shackleton trophy||CDBKA only||-||-||-||-|
|29||2 jars light, medium or dark honey.||C.D.B.K.A trophy||CDBKA only||O. Devan||-||-||-|
|30||2 containers of cut comb.||Friends of the RHD trophy||CDBKA only||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Supreme run honey||John Kerney Cup||Open||A. Nic Giolla Coda|
|Supreme comb honey||Dan Deasy Cup||Open||T. Lynch|
|Highest points in classes 1-11||Gourmet cup||Open||J. Summerville|
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.
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 🐝🐝🐝💤💤💤💤💤🍯🍯🍯🍯🍯”
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