Here are some links that you may find useful.
The Dublin BKA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Dublinbees.
There’s a fairly lively ‘Beekeepers of Ireland’ Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/bees.ireland/
The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations looks after all the beekeeping associations in the Republic of Ireland. To find out about other beekeeping associations in Ireland, or any national issues, check out www.irishbeekeeping.ie
The Ulster Beekeepers Association is the main beekeepers’ body in Northern Ireland. www.ubka.org/
Want to read up on how to begin beekeeping? Check out Graham & Annie Law’s guide for Beginners in beekeeping. www.beeginners.info/.
See also the late Dave Cushman’s beginners page http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/filec.html
For just about all you’ll ever need to know about apiculture – consult the website set up by the late lamented Dave Cushman, a great friend of Irish beekeeping and the creator of a fine online encyclopaedia of beekeeping: http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/newhome.html
The Native Irish Honey Bee Society – you can guess what they’re about from their title!
The Galtee Bee Breeding Group are dedicated to breeding a better bee in Ireland: www.gbbg.net
The Bee Improvers and Bee Breeders Association have similar goals: www.bibba.com
Our next-door neighbours: http://www.fingalbeekeepers.net/
The Dromore & district BKA, who we in Dublin have a warm relationship with: http://www.dromorebeekeepers.org
Members of the South Tipp BKA seem to win most of the prizes at the Dublin Honey Show! It’s an excellent association with a commitment to learning as well as honey show success: http://www.southtippbees.com/
The Co Clare beekeepers now have a website: http://www.bannerbeekeepers.com
For scientific beekeeping papers you might visit www.edpsciences.org/journal/index.cfm
Bees for Development are a charity dedicated to third World development through apiculture: www.beesfordevelopment.org
The International Bee Research Association, based in South Wales, is a good source of academic articles and books http://www.ibra.org.uk/
Every two years, the Apimondia World gathering of beekeepers is held. It is the World Cup of beekeeping, and so much more – http://www.apimondia.org/
Interesting News and Views on beekeeping:www.moraybeekeepers.co.uk/news_and_views.htm
Excellent Photos of bees and flowers: photo.bees.net/gallery/albums.php
For non-Apis bees in Ireland, there’s a good website in TCD: http://www.tcd.ie/Zoology/research/Bees
Here’s a good general site covering bumblebees: www.bumblebee.org/
A good scientific site for bumblebees is Paul Williams’s site in the NHM London: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/bombus/
The bumblebee conservation trust is interesting: http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk/
Then some more UK-based societies (but with Irish members):
– BWARS: http://www.bwars.com/ and
– Hymettus: http://hymettus.org.uk/
Beekeepers in Dublin tend to buy their equipment from the following sources:
- Ben Harden in Arklow (0402-24878, benharden02 [at] gmail.com, no website) sells a wide range of equipment in person and by mail order. He’s also very knowledgeable on bees.
- Bee supplies (paul [at] beesupplies.ie or 0861779900) are based in Sandyford. They sell a large range of hive parts and equipment.
- Bee Hive Supplies sell a range hives in Norwegian Spruce, and other equipment.
- Fondant can be got from Burke’s, Unit 7/8, Greenogue business park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin – (01) 4011690. Price was reported in January 2012 as EUR 16.60 for a 12.5kg box.
In the UK there is a range of vendors, for example:
The Irish Beekeeping List on Yahoo used to be the main forum for online discussion of bees in Ireland, but in recent times it has gone quiet, superseded by other platforms. To subscribe send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have links to suggest or you come across broken links or sites that we might add, please let us know.