The Federation of
Irish Beekeepers' Associations
Please note that Gormanston 2014 will take place from Sunday 27th July to Friday 1st August, 2014.
The voice of Irish Beekeeping, 11 issues yearly posted to your home. Subscribe today, €25 per annum. The March 2014 issue will be on sale soon
If you would like a sample copy contact the Manager:
Mr Dermot O'Flaherty
Tel No: 098-26585 & 087-2464045
The cover and table of contents of the March 2014 issue are available here
N.B. Conference Booking Form. A copy of the Conference Booking Form can now be downloaded here. (.pdf file)
Full information on the conference including the programme, speakers and booking arrangements is available here. (2Mb .pdf file)
Michael Gleeson is arranging a special tour to Slovenia where beekeeping is a major industry. Organised through ApiRoutes travel agency from Slovenia. They have planned an excellent 8 day tour combining a holiday with beekeeping from the 14th to 21st of May inclusive.
There is considerable interest already and anyone who is seriously interested should contact Michael immediately to reserve a place. The group will be limited to 40 people which would give the best price, €899, if paid by 20th of January.
View the details of the planned tour here.
Michael G Gleeson,
Tel: 087 6879584
Good news for all those who are studying for the various FIBKA Examinations. Examination papers for 2011, 2012 and 2013 are now available for download.
Go to Education - General Examination Information and follow the link to Past Examination Papers.
The papers are available in Word format and can be viewed and saved.
The syllabus for the Syllabus of Examination for Proficiency in Apiculture - Honey Judge Examination is now available in the Education Section of this website.
You can find the syllabus by following the Education link on the left of this page or by following this link
You may have noticed a new link - Events - beside the link to "The Federation" above. The Events section is intended to provide a place to publicise upcoming events in all associations. Click on Events now and you will see the current events listing.
To publicise your event, just send the details to the FIBKA Honorary Secretary and he will organise for the Events listing to be updated.
Ideally what is required is a short summary of the event and an address where more detailed information can be found.
Fáilte chuig idirlíon Chomhnascadh Cumann Beachairí na h-Éireann.
In san comhnascadh seo, tá 57 cumainn áitiúla. Clic ar an léarscáil chun eolas ar an gceann is giorra dhuit a aimsiú. Bíonn clár léachtaí dá chuid féin ar siúl ag gach aon cumann comh maith le teaspáintaisí praicticiúla in san bheachlainn i rith an t-samhraidh. Bíonn cuid de na h-imeachtaí seo socraithe le fada roimh ré agus cuid acu a thárlionn d'aon gnó. Bíonn gach eolas le fáil ón rúnaí áitiúl. Bíonn ranganna ar siúl i rith an gheimhridh ag furmhór de na cumainn i gcóir daoine atá ar intinn acu beachaireacht a fhoghlaim. Is oiriúnach an slí seo chun eolas a fháil ar an gcéird.
Bíonn cúrsa samhradh á reachtáil ag an comhnascadh gach bliain ar gach leibhéil eolais i gColáiste Baile Mhic Gormáin i gCo. na Mí. Mór-chruinniú í seo de bheachairí as gach áird den tír seo agus as tíortha thar lear comh maith. Clic anseo chun a thuile eolais a fháil ar an gcúrsa.
Tá gach cumann sa tír faoi chúram ball áirithe de Choiste Feidhmiúchán Náisiúnta an Chomhnascaidh. Seo leanas ainmneacha na mball agus na gcumann atá faoina gcúram.
In san lá atá inniú ann, tá gach rud ceart chun tosnú ar bheaca a choimeád. Níl an oiread sin nitreáid á scaoileadh amach ar an dtalamh ag na feirmeoirí. Tá níos mó síol-ráibe á chur faoi láthair i gcóir ábhar ola chun comhacht a gnothú. Níl an méid chéanna de na clathacha agus na torthaí á leagadh mar tá níos mó tuisceana ag daoine go bhfuil siad an úsáideach o thaobh fothana agus chun an fiadhúlra a chaomhnú.
Ón méid seo ar fad, moltar dúinn leanúint leis a gceird ársa seo ag a bfhuil an toradh íontach - fíor mhil na h-Éireann.
Bígí ag baint taithneamh as!
Welcome to the web site of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations.
The Federation represents our 57 local member associations. Click on the map here to find details of your nearest Association. Each Association has its own programme of lectures and apiary demonstrations - some planned in advance and some on short notice. Your local Secretary can tell you what's on.
Many local Associations have beginners' courses over the winter and it's an excellent way to learn abut the craft. For all levels of experience, the Federation runs a one week summer course in Gormanston College. This draws beekeepers from all over the country and internationally not just to hear lectures. Read all about it here.
Each Association has an Executive Council member assigned as a link between the Association and the Federation. Here are the people involved in the Federation with details of Associations to which they are assigned.
It's a great time to keep bees. There's more clover with nitrates restricted, more oilseed rape grown for fuel, less destruction of hedgerows as people realise how much benefit they provide for shelter and wildlife. All this encourages us to continue with an ancient craft with such a wonderful product - pure Irish Honey. Enjoy it!