Journal entries

An occasional collection of articles, advice and musings
Posted by Gerald Williams on 23-Jan-2018

      Brian passed away  on Friday the 19th at home after a brave fight against a cancerous brain tumor. His burial took place on Monday 22nd  after Mass in Cranford

       Brian was one of our founder members and one of  the most active having servred on the committee, in every position over the years.  He was a very practical beekeeper with the result that  the hives he ran with Micheal Flynn produced a way above average amount of honey,they really worked the bees hard but not to the detriment of them.

       I got into showing with moderate success and it was Brians comment to me  "stop playing at it and do it properly" which spurred me on to success, but he also had got the bug and achieved with Micheal many success the highlight being in 2014 at Clonmel when they won  the 24 jar international class, best frame for extrection, also the supreme frame of honey in show.

       As  his reputation as a practical beekeeper spread he was in demand from associations to give talks on how he managed his apiaries.

        Brians interests were not only beekeeping but all country sports, he was a member of the local gun club,hunt and hare coursing.

        But the main thing for Brian was his family wife Betty and daughters Katie, Roisin and Emma and supporting them came first.

        There were as many people outside the full Chapel as there were in for the final mass, this expressess more than words what a well liked and respected person he was.  I feel honoured that I had been his colleague and friend over the years.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 20-Oct-2017

The talk covered climate change and its effect on the bees and queens in particular.  He stated that he had never experianced a season with so many queen failures as he had this year. The dark bees of Ireland are very good at adapting to variations in our normal climate and with a little help from the beekeepers give us a good crop of honey.   But they have one weak point that we cannot effect and that is the 21 day window that the virgin  queen has to get mated in.  A spell of good warm weather is required to enable her to mate with approx 13 drones ( this number essential to ensure sufficient patri lines). and these need to be good  strong healthy drones capable of producing a quantity of sperm. so not only do you need reasonable weather for the queen to mate but also to allow the drones to develop properly as they do not like flying unless the weather is warm and dry.  He then ran through how he assisted his bees by various adaptions of standard equipment he reminds one of the nutty professor for of course he has his assistant who is a first class carpenter. We had an excellent evening with plenty of radical thoughts and ideas being bandied about which the members entered into the spirit of with plenty of questions throughout the talk.  Thank you Jim for a very entertaining and thought provking evening, we all enjoyed it.

     This was our first meeting of this season and it was nice to see such a good attendence especially considering the weather.

     Our thoughts prayers are with Brian Dunbar and family he was admitted to hospital on Tuesday wiith  a serious illness.

Posted by Aine Roche on 04-Oct-2017
Dublin Honey Show – Over 300 entries from every corner of Ireland The Dublin Beekeeper’s association will hold its Honey Show on Sat 4th Nov, in Christ Church Hall in Rathgar at 10.30. Entries from Beekeepers across the country and stiff competition have made this event a favourite for Dubliners and visitors from around the country in recent years. The show attracted almost 300 entries last year, so there is lots to see – from old fashioned Honey Sections directly from beehives, to jars of pure Irish Floral, Heather and even Ivy honey. There will be different honeys for tasting, and to purchase – all produced by Irish Beekeepers. “We have something for everyone at the show” commented John Keogh Show Secretary and himself a hobby beekeeper in Rathfarnham. “This year we have educational cartoons for Children, and a talk on Honeybees, Wasps and Bumble Bees for those wanting to learn more about these fascinating creatures. You can even buy a beehive at the show.” Last overall winners came from Louth, Offaly, and Dublin. Who will be this year’s champions? – All will be revealed on Sat 4th Nov at Christ Church Hall, Highfield Road, Rathgar. Entries are now being registered online at Alternatively you can print an entry and post it to the address on the entry form. John Keogh 086 2523752
Posted by Aine Roche on 22-Sep-2017

To All Association Secretaries, Please forward to all your members

You might be aware that Congress 2017 was not concluded on 26th August, and consequently was re-convened on 16th September. This was necessary in order to complete essential outstanding business: the setting of a capitation fee for 2018, and the closing of Congress.

Following a short welcome address by Tom Shaw, the first item on the Agenda was the election of a Chair. Two nominations were put from the floor: Eamonn Tubman and Michael Woulfe. Michael thanked his nominator, but respectfully declined. No further nominations being made, Eamonn Tubman took the Chair.

Following a secret ballot of the 147 voting delegates present, a capitation fee of €48 was adopted (proposals of €38 and €30 having been rejected).

Congress was then closed, and the Executive Council as elected on 26th August took up office, in accordance with Article 27 of the Constitution.

The first meeting of the newly-elected Executive  took place immediately following the close of Congress, in order to deal with routine business that had been put on hold since 26th August. The second meeting is scheduled for Saturday 7th October

. During the intervening 3 weeks, all Executive Council members will individually consider their positions, and indicate to the Executive at that meeting their intentions regarding remaining in office or tendering resignation. 


In accordance with Article 27 of the Constitution, all Executive positions will automatically fall vacant at Congress 2018. As always, Associations are urged to nominate candidates for all positions, and the nomination of new candidates is especially encouraged.

None of the above precludes the invocation of Article 12 of the Constitution at any point.

In recent weeks, concern has been expressed by some members regarding insurance. A summary account of the cover provided will be compiled and circulated to all Secretaries. Meanwhile, please note that there has been no reduction in cover from the previous policy, and that insurance is in place for paid-up members to 31st December 2018

As many Associations will be holding their AGM in the coming weeks, please note that in order to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25th May 2018, a standardised membership form has been designed and will be made available to all Association Secretaries. The membership form must be completed by all members each year, giving specific permission (or not) for the use of your personal data. Please co-operate with your Association Secretary in completing the Membership form, which will not be returned to FIBKA. 
Association Secretaries will be required to indicate whether their members have given consent, on the standardised Excel membership sheet to be returned to FIBKA . 

2018 memberships cannot be accepted unless these procedures are followed. 

Additional Family Membership, for members residing at the same address as a Full Member, will continue to be available. The fee for Additional Family Members in 2018 will be €25.  Additional Family Members enjoy all of the benefits of Full Membership except that they do not receive an individual copy of An Beachaire. 


Yours sincerely,

Tom Shaw

Hon Secretary

FIBKA Executive Council

Posted by Aine Roche on 22-Sep-2017
Ashford Beekeeper’s Association is having their first “Ashford Honey Festival” on Saturday, the 23rd of September from 11am to 4pm at the community centre in Ashford village.
It will be opened by Minister Andrew Doyle. The guest speaker is Philip McCabe, the world beekeeping president. 
The festival will highlight the plight of bees and demonstrate what we can do to help. There will be a children’s quiz and storytime too. There will be an observation hive on show so you can see the bees at work.
There will be honey tasting and honey for sale. Tea, coffee and cakes will be on offer to keep energy levels up. Bee friendly plants will be available to purchase.
There will be something for everyone and it will make for a very enjoyable day out.
Posted by Aine Roche on 22-Sep-2017
Fora Honey Show will take place on Sunday 1st October 2017 in the Education Centre of the Wildlife Park. A schedule for the show is outlined in the link below.
Posted by Aine Roche on 21-Apr-2017
The April lecture was given by Jim Power on the Preparation of Honey for Sale and Showing. Jim emphasised the importance of hygiene in all aspects of the extraction process. For the small scale beekeeper, the extraction will most likely take place in the kitchen. Large scale beekeepers should have a special honey storage and extraction room. Honey must be kept airtight when stored in buckets. (Honey is hygroscopic - it takes in moisture and smells from the air). Special food-grade storage bags, which may be placed into buckets, are also useful to keep honey airtight when there is not enough honey available to fill a bucket. Care should be taken when warming stored honey. The honey should be heated to 42 degrees. Over-heating has the effect of burning the honey, which impairs the taste. Honey clarity, taste and presentation are the characteristics used when judging honey. Brian Dunbar put a very interesting question to Jim about the most unusual item that Jim found while judging honey - to which Jim replied 'a varroa mite'. Light, medium and dark are the classes used for run honey. Section honey is also assessed. The visibility of the cell outlines of the capped honey is one of the assessment criteria for sections. Metal strainers and cloth may be used to remove fine particles from the honey. The higher the amount of microns of the strainer, the more filtered the honey becomes. However, the beekeeper has to decide between obtaining a clear jar of honey by fine-straining, or to strain less and keep the nutritional particles such as pollen in the jar. Jim gave us a great insight into honey extraction and gave tips for anyone who would like to get involved in honey showing. Now let's hope the bees have a prosperous honey season so we can get those extractors spinning!
Posted by Adrian on 19-Feb-2017

This month’s lecture took place on the 16th February and was given by Mr Tom Prendergast on the topic of ‘Nuc’s and Queen rearing’. We had the usual mix of experienced and novice beekeepers in the room of which I fall into the novice category. The meeting was well attended. This was an excellent lecture with a lot of information. I think everyone in the room learnt something new. Some key points from Tom’s lecture were on the importance of rearing queens and making Nuc’s for everybody. Average winter losses are about 10-20% for a variety of reasons. You need good new stock ready to replace dead or poor colonies at the start of the season. Tom then proceeded to tell us how to go about that.

 Key points: Be prepared and have your equipment in the Apiary ready for use (Nuc box filled with frames of stores and foundation) and leave it there. Tack advantage of opportunities when they arise. (Use swarm cells for queen rearing if they are there. Take off a Nuc or some frames if the colony is too strong and the Queen doesn’t have room to lay. This will provide you with a Nuc and also decrease the risk of swarming in the parent colony) Have a plan of what you want to achieve and when. Use Ben Harden method to rear Queen Cells while keeping the colony in honey production and queen right, this is done in a brood box above the supers. Raise your own Queens and get them mated from either Apidea’s or Nucs.

There are many different methods of making nucs and Queens. find one that suits your scale and level of expertise and plan when you are going to do it in advance. the rest is easy!

This was an excellent lecture, full of information and will certainly influence how I carry out my beekeeping this year with lots of useful information. This is surely the sign of an hour well spent and I am already looking forward to those long summer evenings.

Next month’s lecture will take place in the Teagasc centre, fort road, Gorey on Thursday the 16th March at 8pm and all are welcome. The Presenter will be FIBKA’s education officer Mr Michael Maunsell and the topic will be ‘drones’

Posted by Gerald Williams on 21-Jan-2017

       Well we got the new year off to a cracking start, Brian Dunbar our chairman got the ball rolling on time and after introducing Irene gave the floor to Irene who gave us a great lecture  " Preparing for the coming season" snappy, concise and to the point. Starting with:- off season preparation of equipment and sites etc; moving on to the bees, testing for stores and type of feeds required. Followed by first inspection and what to look out for such as ensuring queen is not stores locked, what frames will need changing and importance of changing so many frames each season. She also covered the importance of marking and clipping your queens and the best time to do it.


       We had a great turnout of members, although Irene commented she thought it was male only association, which we assured her it wasn't and then luckely a lady member arrived to prove our point.

      The evening was finished off with questions and light refreshments, all in all a very enjoyable and educational evening  Thank you Irene.


Posted by Gerald Williams on 24-Oct-2016


What a great night we had when we had the pleasure of having Jim Donohoe come out of retirement to give us a talk on climate change and the beekeeper.The members were warned that Jim prefers to look outside of the box rather than accept what is given as gospel. The evening started off with the members being organised as porters going on safari transferring numerous brood boxes, Nucs and other eqipment from the back of Jims car into the lecture room, that done we got down to business.

His approach to the future is based on the last few years weather we have been experiencing, no defined seasons,definitely lack of true summer and also but not least the constant wind we have been subjected to.

His answer to this is to maintain colonies as strong as possible throughout the year by having a supply of feed available at all times and the provision of insulation, hence all the equipment portered into the lecture room.

High density polystryrene is here to stay both Nucs and Hives,but beware, there are some very poor designs out there by reputed dealers,one such was demonstrated.

We were then shown the products of Jims fertile mind to facilitate the feeding and insulating at the various times of the year.

It was refreshing to get a lecture without powerpoint etc; made more so by Jims dynamic flowery oratory.

Question were taken throughout which was excellent as we had a good number of beginners in attendence so further explanation of terms required.

We almost had an encore on the show of appreciation, but refreshments were served and the discussions continued to take place in convivial atmosphere.

All in all a good evening leaving everybody with food for thought.

Thanks again Jim for a great evening.


Posted by Adrian on 22-Jun-2016

Gorey Beekeepers would like to wish valued and experienced member Ben Harden good luck with the launch of his new website. Here you will find all your beekeeping equipment needs. Please be sure to check it out.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 22-Apr-2016

 An excellent attendance of members, and great to see so many beginners in the audience.  They were amply rewarded for the effort as Kieth's talk was so structured that everything appeared very simple and basic, and really that is what good beekeeping is about. Beekeeping was a craft and still is, but since the advent of varroa we have had to learn more about the bees and what goes on under the queen excluder but that does not change the fact that the basic of becoming a good beekeeper is learning to read the the bees and interpreting what they are telling you. Kieth's talk led us step by step through all the basics amply assisted by some excellent photographs illustrating the various points.  The talk was finished off with a question and answer session.  Many thanks Kieth for an entertaining and educational evening .

The evening was finished off with the usual refreshments but we were spoilt by the addition of some excellent home made scones with lashings of jam.

      As a point of interest Kieth used the new overhead projector and it works very well.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 29-Mar-2016

 Denis gave us the most enlightening lecture on the brood and a half system that I have ever heard, and I am not the only person to think so many of the members came away with similar views.  Many of us never realy appreciated how the system worked and the advantages of it. Thank you Denis.  But not only did he explain that system but also gave an over view of what we should be doing with our Bees and what we should have already done.  I am afraid to say we had to put the brakes on Denis at 10.15 just when he was just warming up.  It is easy to see why Denis has achieved so much in the bee keeping world when one witnesses first hand his enthusiasm.  The evening was finished off as usual by questions followed by refreshments.  Once again thank you Denis for an enjoyable and educational evening.

Our next monthly meeting will be on Thursday 21st April.

But don't  forget our beginners classes start on Tuesday 5th April, in the Teagasc Centre, Fort Road, Gorey at 8pm. You do not have to book just turn up on the night.  You also do not have to be a beginner, anybody wishing to do a refresher course is welcome, for remember we are all continuously learning something. 

Posted by Gerald Williams on 22-Feb-2016

       Willie O'Byrne was the guest speaker and the subject was "PREPARING YOUR BEES FOR THE COMING SEASON".  All I can say is that Willie covered just about everything.  Hooper would have been proud, but the beauty of it was that he didn't get bogged down in too much detail in any particular area, and that it applied to whatever type of beekeeping you were involved in.  We had a great turn out of members the third  month in a row which bodes well for the coming season, it was also good to see some of those members who are going to do the beginners course attending (thank goodness Willie didn't get too technical) but all in all we had a great evening finished off with discussion of various points and refreshments.  Many thanks Willie for an entertaining and educational evening.

       We have a welcome addition to our meeting room as it has just been fitted with an overhead projector, so from not having a projector available we now have two as the association has just purchased its own for use of visiters and members

      The March meeting will be held on the 4th Thursday the 24th instead of the third as that would have clashed with St Patricks day.


Posted by Gerald Williams on 26-Jan-2016

 Our begginners course will start on Tuesday 5th of April at 8pm in the Teagasc Centre Gorey. It  will consist of 5 one hour theory sessions followed by practicals in the association apiary, beesuits can be provided for the practicals.  The cost is €40 which also covers membership of the Association.  Gift vouchers are available from Brian Dunbar of Dunbar Butchers, Johns Street, or payment can be made on the first night,

Posted by Gerald Williams on 26-Jan-2016

Well we had nearly a full house and all those attending were not disapointed. Micheal gave a great overview of his beekeeping year without getting bogged down with too much detail which was ideal as we had quite a few newcomers to beekeeping in attendence who are thinking of taking up the craft.  Having one of our own as a speaker whom we can remember as a beginner is very rewarding and it also reduces inhibitions of the audiance as the question session after was very lively and continued on during refreshmnets. Once again Micheal thank you for a very instructive evening and I must not forget Anne who I think deserves a lot of the credit for Micheals success.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 18-Dec-2015

I would just like to send Christmas Greetings and best wishes for 2016 to all who read our web site. 2015 was a very strange year and still is with us in the form of the unseasonally warm weather, bees still active when wind and rain allow. By the look of it any winter treatments planned will have to be well into the New Year by which time we will hopefully have had a cold spell. The level of stores will have to be monitored very carefully for all this activety could have severely depleted them. The quality of the queens produced in 2015 is debateable, nothing we can do about that.    But this is the beauty of beekeeping the constant changing challenges we face, and the feeling of euphoria when we succede and remember the bees are on our side and they have been on the winning side for millions of years   So forget this waffle and go and have a great Christmas and New year.         

                    Gerald Williams, Chairman Gorey Beekeepers

Posted by Gerald Williams on 26-Oct-2015

First can we express our thanks to Cliona Morrish for setting up the web site and looking after it ever since even though she was uinder a lot of pressure from work.

   Our new controller is Adrian Copeland and looking at his first journal entry I can see that we are in for a bright future.  Like all things evolution is essential for survival, to that end we need input from members and non members, so if you have any thing that you think would be useful please contact Adrian on 0874160817

Posted by Adrian on 22-Oct-2015

Last Thursday the 15th of October was the second in the series of winter lectures. Due to a late cancelation local beekeeper Brian Dunbar stepped in at very short notice to share some of his wealth of knowledge, and he delivered a very interesting lecture entitled ‘How to turn the swarming impulse to your advantage’

He went on to give a great lecture and shared with us how he manages swarming in his colonies. His method will aim to maximise colony strength and therefore honey production in the parent hive, It allows for a back-up in case of any Queen mating problems in the form of a weak Nucleus Box. He places Old queen and a shake of two frames of bees into this Nuc onto already drawn combs and feeds immediately. He uses the Nuc  to replenish brood to the parent hive and also to draw fresh deep foundation in a deep super placed above his 4 frame Nuc. This can then be used to replenish old comb the following season.

There was some questions and discussion from those in attendance with many experienced local beekeepers sharing some of their insights in what was a very informative and interactive Questions and answers session.

I would personally like to thank Brian for not only delivering a great lecture at short notice but also for taking me under his wing in this my first year of beekeeping. The enthusiasm of his support has been fantastic. The Main message that I took out of this lecture is that the more educated you become the more you realise that you have much to learn. Thankfully we have many experienced beekeepers in the Gorey Association that are passionate about this great pastime and are more than willing to share this knowledge.

I for one am looking forward to the next lecture, See you there.

Adrian Copeland 

Posted by Gerald Williams on 18-Sep-2015

     Well the new season is upon us, so we had our first talk since the summer.  Like the rest of the country our members reported a very mixed bag of results for 2015, a few had very good results, some average but a good few poor suffering not only from lack of honey but also large numbers of drone laying queens.

     But that didn't put the members off, a great turn out and they were in for a treat, our speaker for the evening was Eleanor Attridge and the subject was "PREPARING FOR THE COMING SEASON".  Well Eleanor gave a great talk she has a reputation of speaking from the hip and she really did in a very refreshing sort of way, covering just about every aspect.

      The evening was finished off by discussion and refreshments. It was great to be able to welcome some newcomers who are thinking of taking up beekeeping I only hope they weren't put off by the volume of information.

      Thanks must go to our secretary for his Autumn letter which amongst other things mentioned payment of subs, the result being that the majority of attendees brought their membership forms and payment. 

       Our next talk is on the 22nd October I look forward to seeing you all again,and if there is any particular subject you would like a talk on or lecturer to hear please let me know for these talks are for you the members.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 04-Aug-2015

      Well after a very enjoyable and educational week at Gormamnston, we had to knuckle down and prepare for Tinahely Show.  The day itself turned out to be ideal and even with all the rain in the last few days ground conditions were perfect. The organisers have improved the show every year and there is something for everyone now in other words a great day out for the family. We had our usual stand with observation hive and various bits of equipment to interest the general public.  The crowds were up on last year and great interest was shown on the stand and people seemed in a much more bouyant mood we actually sold out of honey.  The good thing is that people are definitly more aware of the benifits that honey bees bring also that of insects in general.  But like all county shows it was great to meet so many old friends and acquaintances.

       All that remains of this strange season is to clear any honey from the hives, freed and treat so that you will have healthy bees going into next season.

     Our next association meeting will take place on the 3rd Thursday of September in the Teagasc Centre, Gorey.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 20-Jul-2015

What a great turnout  80 people at Michael's and Annes Home.  The site of their main breeding apiary which was imaculately turned out on the day.  The gods really did look after us, the weather was perfect for the day despite the forcasts.

  There were five separate continuous demonstrations throughout the afternoon, Kieth Pierce grafting, John Bass colony assessment and handling, Apideas Brian Dunbar, Mike Dixon the Cloake Board and his system of beekeeping, and finally Young John Bass demonstrating queen clipping.  We were basically split into groups so that all sites were covered but I must say not too rigidly which was ideal for if you wanted to you could spend more time on the site that you were interested in.

Donagal Bees had a display and sales stand on site which did good business.

 The afternoon was finished off with burgers washed down with a refreshing cup of tea, which was greatly appreciated as a lot of people had travelled considerable distances

 Many thanks to you Michael and Anne and all those others that put in time to make it such a memorable afternoon.

  Also thanks to the bees they lived up to their reputation for gentleness, John Bass never wore gloves all afternoon and two little girls in summer dresses were playing in the middle of it all.

 I was surprised at the lack of support from NIBS, no stand, no leaflets, no speakers, Wexford is not at the end of the world and muist be one of the premier honey producing counties in Ireland.

Thanks again Michael and Anne you did Wexford proud.



Posted by Gerald Williams on 21-Jun-2015

  As per usual most members have been fully occupied with their bees now that hte season is well and truly upon us. Reports so far have been very varied as regards to honey crops, the cold winds of May put a big damper on the flows and combined with rain at critical time we lost the Hawthorne and Chestnut flows. Swarming or attempting to has been a real challenge this season, not just the large stocks but also in  those colonies  that didn't build up into the supers.  But all is not gloom, the last week of good weather has seen a degree of normality return and nectar is flowing well with the Bkackberry just starting and virgin queens being mated, so we could end up with a reasonable season.

       We have given two demonstrations in the last couple of weeks ( Springmount Garden centre and Gorey Agriculture show) great interest was shown in the bees and the local association so we may end up with some new members.  Thanks to all thoise that helped out at these events they are so important for keeping pollinating to the forefront of public attention.   Our next events are The Bunclody Horticultural Shoiw and the Tinahely Agricultural Show.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 20-Mar-2015

Johns lecture was "Preparing your bees for the coming season" and what a lecture John called on his many years experiance and gave us a detailed account of how and why we should and should not do things. The evening was enhanced by the fact that we had a full house in attendence who entered into the discussion afterwards. As usual we finished off the evening with refreshments. One point that came out was the climatic difference between the South East and Offaly due to our being a coastal area I suspect. Finally thank you John for an informative evening and also and enjoyable one.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 20-Feb-2015

        What a difference from last month when 14 attended to this month when we had a full house. Its obvious that our members seem to have an affinity to the bees following their pattern of activity being tied to the weather as the bees are.

         The subject of the talk was NUC's AND THEIR USES, which Liam covered in a very comprehensive way taking questions as he progressed' followed by more questions and general discussion on his conclusion. The evening was finished off with refreshments.

         Our next talk is on the 19th March.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 16-Jan-2015

The turn out was abysmal 14 hardy dedicated members that were willing to brave the elements forecast, but in actual fact the storms passed to the West and North and the evening was quite balmy just cold.  But for those that turned up they were treated to a flowing lecture on how Jim manages his bees in the Spring and the reasons why, I had to call a halt after 2hours so that we could ask questions and enjoy the refreshments, fot if I hadn't he would still be talking now. Jim lived up to his reputation of thinking outside the box, and some of his modifications to basic kit was really ingenious.  One thing that really caught the eye was the standard of woodworking employed in all the equipment.  So to all of you that didn't make it, you missed a really entertaining and educational evening many many thanks Jim .  The next talk will be on February 19th.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 05-Dec-2014

We had a good turn out for the AGM and Honey Show 30+ members. the main points were:- Association in healthy position financially ( thank you to Anne Wildes for auditing our accounts) so membership fee stays at the same level €40, but with a €5 penalty for late payment to cover exrtra costs involved.

           Officers elected for coming year Ger Williams  Chairman

                                                         Brendan Whyte Secretary/treasurer.

                                                         Cliona Morrish Web master

                       Committee:- Micheal Giles, Ben Harden, John Gilbert,Brian Dunbar and Dermot Reid.

          The association apiary has been completely restocked with good queen lines so will be in ideal next season for demonstrating the various ways of queen rearing as well as being ideal for beginners.

           Beginners classes will begin in the spring date yet to be fixed.

           The next talk will be on the 15th January

    THE HONEY SHOW  Brian Dunbar did the honours and gave us all an excellent lecture and practical demonstration in the process on how to and how not to produce honey for show, thanks Brian.  The winner of the run honey class was Brendan Whyte and the chairman congratulated him and presented him with the Anderson Cup.  The best section award went to Dermot Reid and he was congratulated by the chairman and presented with the trophy for this class.

      The evening was finished off general discussion plus refreshments, and must give a special mention to Mrs Gilbert for the delicious scones she provides for our meetings.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 05-Dec-2014

We had a good turn out for the AGM and honey show 30+ members. the main points were:- Association in healthy position financially ( thank you to Anne Wildes for auditing our accounts) so membership fee stays at the same level €40, but with a €5 penalty for late payment to cover exrtra costs involved.

           Officers elected for coming year Ger Williams  Chairman

                                                         Brendan Whyte Secretary/treasurer.

                                                         Cliona Morrish Web master

                       Committee:- Micheal Giles, Ben Harden, John Gilbert,Brian Dunbar and Dermot Reid.

          The association apiary has been completely restocked with good queen lines so will be in ideal next season for demonstrating the various ways of queen rearing as well as being ideal for beginners.

           Beginners classes will begin in the spring date yet to be fixed.

           The next talk will be on the 15th January

    THE HONEY SHOW  Brian Dunbar did the honours and gave us all an excellent lecture and practical demonstration in the process on how to and how not to produce honey for show, thanks Brian.  The winner of the run honey class was Brendan Whyte and the chairman congratulated him and presented him with the Anderson Cup.  The best section award went to Dermot Reid and he was congratulated by the chairman and presented with the trophy for this class.

      The evening was finished off general discussion plus refreshments, and must give a special mention to Mrs Gilbert for the delicious scones she provides for our meetings.

Posted by Gerald Williams on 13-Nov-2014

      Members are requested to attend, for this is when the programme for next year is mapped out, so inputs are importent, also officers are elected for the coming year.              We also have our annual in house honey show,. Brian Dunbar is Judging this year only two classes single jar (either 12 or 16oz ) and best comb honey, there is a trophy for each, but it is also a teach in on honey showing.   Membership subscriptions will  be gratefully recieved on the night.  Prospective new members welcome.  Refeshments will be served, it worth coming just for Mrs Gilberts scones.  THURSDAY 20TH AT 8PM IN THE TEAGASC CENTRE FORT ROAD.                                                                    


Posted by Gerald Williams on 23-Sep-2014

Gorey Beekeepers upheld the fact that Wexford honey takes some beating when Miicheal Flynne and Brian Dunbar won the 24 jar class and best frame suitanble for extraction plus supreme prize for best farme of honey in show. This is no mean feat as Clonmel is the Premier honey show in Ireland.  They are entering both in the London Honey show it will be great if they can bring the world cup back again to Gorey we last won it in 2005.

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