All set for the Dublin honey show

The evenings are drawing in – the Dublin honey show must be coming soon!

Honey judges and a steward discussing a show entry

Honey judges and a steward discussing a show entry

This year we hold our honey show on Saturday 7th 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 (one of our lecturers this year is a famous beekeeper!)
  • Teas, coffees, sandwiches and delicious cake

If you are keen on buying honey, do come early because we always sell out.

This year two of our judges are from the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association – Bron and David Wright.  Bron and David Wright have been keeping bees in Edinburgh since 1997 and have been Scottish Honey Judges since 2008.  They have judged at local and national level, including the National Honey Show in London.  They continue to exhibit at local and national level in a variety of classes including honey, wax, mead and baking.

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

Dublin honey show results

The Dublin Honey Show is over for another year, and what a great show it was!  Tons of entries, lots of visitors, a high standard of entries, great lectures and a popular craft fair.
Here are a few stats from this year’s Dublin Honey Show:
  • This year we had a record number of entries – 258, up from 203 last year.
  • We had 4 judges for the first time.  With all the entries they had plenty of work to do!
  • For the first time in years we did not sell out of honey – because our association apiary had so much.
  • Our nominated charity to collect the fee on the door, the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, were delighted to report that there were about 440 paying visitors, up from 290 last year.
  • This year we created 2 new classes – cut comb restricted to CDBKA, and the “Any item related to bees or beekeeping and ineligible for entry in another class” class.  The former was not a success, attracting only one entry – but the latter attracted 7 interesting entries and much discussion.
  • In 2012, all of the the first prizes were won by just 7 people – this year there were 17 different winners of first prizes. For me, this means that more of our entrants are bringing high quality entries than in previous years.  That’s really good news I think.
Special thanks to everyone – judges, entrants, visitors, craft fair stallholders and most of the all the Dublin beekeeper volunteers –  for making this year’s honey show such a special event.

Results from the 2014 Dublin Honey Show

ClassDescriptionPrizeOpen/
CDBKA only
No. of entriesFirst prizeSecond prizeThird prizeVery highly commendedHighly commendedCommended 
124 jars of light, medium or dark honey.Powers to bees trophyOpen8No awardNo awardNo award
212 jars of light, medium or dark honey.  As offered for sale.Avoca Nurseries perpetual trophyOpen11Dermot O'FlahertyNo awardJohn SummervilleEleanor AttridgePaul Boyle
32 jars light honey.Chivers trophyOpen22Norman RobbinsGerry RyanJohn Murphy
42 jars medium honey.  Heather excluded.Monument Creamery cupOpen26Paul BoyleJohn SummervilleVincent GroultNorman RobbinsJohn MurphyAshtown Walled Garden, Keith Pierce
52 jars dark honey.  Heather excluded.I.A.C. perpetual trophyOpen8Pat KavanaghJohn SummervilleNo awardTony LynchDave Morris
62 jars heather honey.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen4Gerry RyanNo awardNo award
72 jars granulated or creamed honey.C.D.B.K.A challenge cupOpen7John SummervilleGerry RyanEleanor Attridge
82 Floral honey sections.  Ling free.Rowans trophyOpen6Benny MyersSean ByrneJames McGinleyTony LynchJenny Fuller
92 Heather honey sections.Sir James Mackey trophyOpen1No awardNo awardNo award
102 jars chunk honey.Tom Kehoe trophyOpen4Eleanor AttridgeDara KilmartinNo award
112 containers of cut comb.Ned Smyth trophyOpen5Eleanor AttridgeJohn SummervilleNo awardNorman Butler
121 frame suitable for extraction.Green Acres cupOpen8Vincent GreenanGerry RyanLiam McGarryEleanor Attridge
131 cake of beeswax.McGrane Apiaries trophyOpen9Kevin KeaneEleanor AttridgeDermot O'Flaherty
145 blocks beeswax matching.C.D.B.K.A bowlOpen10Kevin KeaneEleanor AttridgeDermot O'FlahertyJudith LeonardPaul Boyle
156 honey biscuits.Hans Flohr trophyOpen6Eleanor AttridgeIrene PowerAnn O'SuilleabhainKevin Keane
16Honey cake.McGrane cake knife Open11Irene PowerPoppy FitzpatrickGavin FitzpatrickEleanor KilmartinKathleen ShoebridgeEleanor Attridge
17Beeswax polish in tin or jar.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen8Jenny FullerJudith LeonardPaul BoyleDara Kilmartin
183 beeswax candles all made by moulding.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen5John SummervilleEleanor AttridgeGavin FitzpatrickPaul Boyle
193 beeswax candles made any method other than moulding.N.K.B cup Open3Paul BoyleGavin FitzpatrickNo award
20Dry mead.Grape & grain trophyOpen4John SummervilleNo awardBenny Myers
21Sweet mead.Country cellar trophy Open2John SummervilleNo awardNo awardBenny Myers
22Metheglin / Melomel.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen2Eleanor AttridgeJohn SummervilleNo award
23Photograph.  Black and white or colour.C.D.B.K.A silver frameOpen32John MurphyEleanor AttridgeMichael McCourtPaul BoyleLuan AltonLiam McGarry
24Dark jar of honey.  To be completely covered except cap.  Judged by taste and smell.C.D.B.K.A perpetual trophyOpen31James McGinleyJenny FullerLiam McGarryPat KavanaghKarl KieranVincent Groult
25Display class.  Collection of bee products consisting of jars of different honey sections, cut comb, mead, beeswax, etc.C.D.B.K.A display class cupOpen3Eleanor AttridgePaul BoyleJohn Summerville
26Any item related to bees or beekeeping and ineligible for entry in another class.C.D.B.K.A trophyOpen7Paddy HolohanEleanor AttridgeKieran HarnettPaul Boyle
271 section (novice class)Bill Mellon trophyCDBKA only0No entriesNo entriesNo entries
281 jar honey (novice class)R. Shackleton trophy CDBKA only4Ruth FeigheryRena WilloughbyKevin Cullen
292 jars light, medium or dark honey. C.D.B.K.A trophyCDBKA only10Dara KilmartinPat KavanaghRuth FeigheryOrla DevaneKevin CullenDave McManus
302 containers of cut comb.Friends of the RHD trophyCDBKA only1No awardNo awardNo award
n/aSupreme run honeyJohn Kerney Cup Openn/aPaul Boylen/an/an/an/an/a
n/aSupreme comb honeyDan Deasy Cup Openn/aVincent Greenann/an/an/an/an/a
n/aHighest points in classes 1-11Gourmet cupOpenn/aJohn Summervillen/an/an/an/an/a

The 2014 Dublin Honey Show is now open for entries!

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The Dublin Honey Show is now accepting entries.  This year you may enter the honey show competition online using the form at www.dublinbees.org/entryform – or fill out the traditional entry form, and post it to the Honey Show Secretary or bring it along on the day.  If you enter in good time, either online or by post, we can post your entry labels to you.  Here are the documents:

Co Dublin BKA honey show classes 2014

Co Dublin BKA honey show rules & regulations 2014

Co Dublin BKA honey show entry form 2014

This year we have three new entry classes, including two that are restricted to Co Dublin BKA members, to give all our members the best possible chance of winning prizes.  We look forward to seeing you – and your entries – at the Honey Show in Christ Church, Rathgar on November the 8th.  After last year’s record event we are expecting another busy year, with lots of entries and plenty of honey for sale.

Once again we have two free lectures for visitors:

– At noon, expert beekeeper Keith Pierce will speak on ‘Beginning with bees’

– At 2pm, environmentalist and former Green Party TD Mary White will speak on the topic ‘Bees Work for Man but Does Man Work for Bees?’

Finally, if you can spare some time to help out on the day, please let our honey show secretary – Simon – know via his email address: simon<at>simonrees.com.

Bloom In The Park 2014!

 

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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.

 

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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.