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.

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

 

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.

The beekeeping new year is here…

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…

As every beekeeper knows, the beekeeping year ends with the harvest.  For Dublin beekeepers, the harvest is in and it’s time to start the new year by preparing the bees for winter.  By this time most of our bees will be fed and tucked up for the winter.

It is in the colder months that beekeepers have more time to learn, to socialise and to repair equipment.  The Co. Dublin beekeepers’ association’s programme of events for members starts next Monday, 3rd October, with the first of our autumn lectures at Wesley Hall, Leeson Park, D6 – we hold three in autum and three more in spring.  Monday’s lecture is on how honeybees fly, given by yours truly, Simon Rees.

There are two more lectures to come before Christmas (as you’ll see from our online association diary) – and of course, our Honey Show.  That’s on Saturday 5th November in Christ Church, Rathgar.  For the beekeeper it’s a chance to enter competitions and win kudos and prizes – and for everyone else it’s a chance to buy top-quality local honey, learn about beekeeping and buy some early Christmas presents at the craft fair.  If you are in the market for honey, you might need to arrive early – last year we sold out of run honey by lunchtime, such was the demand and the short supply.  Mind, this year we have more to sell, happily.

Hope to see you at a beekeeping event soon…