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

Get ready for the 2017 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 hold our honey show on Saturday 4th November, from 10:30am 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
  • Beekeeping-related lectures at 11:00 am and 13:00
  • 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

Dublin honey show – lecturers announced

Delighted to announce the lectures and films at this year’s Dublin Honey Show in Christ Church Hall, Rathgar on November 4th:

At 11:00 am, a children’s cartoon will be shown in the lecture room by Maeve Clissmann, followed by an Introductory video on bees at 11.30 am. Repeated at 13:00 and 13:30.

At 12:00 noon a talk by Jim Ryan entitled “Honey Bees, Wasps and Bumble Bees”, in the lecture room. Repeated at 14:00

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…/the-dublin-honey-show/

See you there!

John, honey show secretary


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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Latest news on the County Dublin honey show

Here’s the latest update on the County Dublin Honey Show on Saturday 4th November:

Lots of entries already in the honey show competition

_N8R2477.jpgAs of Monday 16th, we are already receiving  entries to the honey show – 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.


At the County Dublin honey show we always offer attendees two free lectures.  We have just confirmed the lecturers and their topics:

  • At 11:00 and 13:00 am Maeve Clissmann wil show a cartoon video on bees for children followed
  • At 11:30 and 13:30 am by an Introductory video for adults
  • At 12:00 noon and 14:00, Jim Ryan will give a talk on “Honey Bees, Wasps and Bumble Bees”.

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.