Are you interested in keeping bees? Well you don't have to be a member of anything to become a beekeeper, but it certainly helps!

At a display
Members at a display of honey and hives
Gorey Beekeepers welcomes all those interested in beekeeping as a full or associate members, so why not join us?  You can get in touch with any of the committee members, contact us through our website contact page, or just turn up at any of our meetings and you will be made welcome. Annual full membership is €40, or associate membership is €10. For  beginners includes, the beginners classes, and support with your initial beekeeping.

Download a membership form here

We provide many services to full members including insurance, honey extractor hire, comprehensive beebook library, and affiliated membership to the FIBKA. For normal membership this includes a subscription to An Beachaire magazine and public liability insurance.

We support beginners in getting started in the craft with our beginners classes every year, theory and practical. We also run a 'bee-buddy' program and can supply beginners with a nucleus colony to get started at very favorable rates. 

We meet monthly at the Teagasc Center on the Third Thursday of the month at 8:00pm in the winter months, and generally have a lecture on topics of interest to members. For instance we have had lectures on preparing for honey shows, medicinal benefits of honey and hive products, pollination and of course all aspects of beekeeping.

Beginners inspecting a hive
Beginners at the association apiary inspecting a hive

As soon as the weather permits we hold practical sessions at the association Apiary site every Thursday evening from 4:30pm in the spring, and moving to 6:00pm as the days lengthen.

The current standard annual subscription is €40 (about the price of 6 jars of honey), and offers you:-

  • Full membership
  • Public and Product Liability Insurance
  • Free monthly meetings of Gorey Beekeepers
  • Free admission to Gory Beekeepers Lectures
  • Free advice, information and exchange of views
  • Social events
  • Access to the library
  • Access to the apiary
  • Use of Honey extractor and other equipment owned by the association
  • Bee Suits available for beginners for visits to the apiary
  • Free Tuition at the Apiary site

Make contact with us on our website or just turn up at our regular meetings and we will make you welcome.   For further information Introduce yourself to  Gerald Williams (Apiary Manager/chairman)

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