This section contains a collection of writings on different aspects of Beekeeping. Some have a very practical content; others are accounts of how some Bee Breeding groups came into being and their function in modern Irish beekeeping.

Instructions are given on how to rear your own queens and how to improve the quality of your bees. Also the more sophisticated and indeed expensive practice of Instrumental Insemination is explained and its development and success recorded.

Keeping records is an important part of Beekeeping and the value of this practice is highlighted.

The Varroa mite has become part of beekeeping during the past eight years or so and it too comes in for mention.

Detecting the presence of American Foulbrood at a beekeeping demonstration is recounted.

If you enjoy a glass of wine why not read the special article on how to make Mead from some of your honey harvest? For your convenience related topics are grouped together


Index of Articles


Formation of the Irish Beekeepers' Association

Importing Bees

Grave Danger from Bee Imports

Imports of Bees into Northern Ireland

The Search for Native Irish Bee

How it all began

Offaly Bee Breeder Group

Understanding Bee Breeding

Pointers to Better Beekeeping

The Nucleus Hive

Giving the Bees more space

Assessing Brood Viability

A Review of my Colony Records

Remember 1978

Two seasons compared

Teagasc Bee Diagnosis Service

Controlling Varroa Destructor

Brief notes on Breeding for Varroa Resistance

Integrated Pest Management for GBBG

Queen Rearing & Breeding

Queen Rearing is simple

Queen Rearing diary

What's in Queen Rearing for Me?

Instrumental Insemination

The Benefits of Instrumental Insemination

American Foulbrood

To tell or not to tell

Teagasc Bee Diagnosis Service

Some Observations on Beekeeping

Experiments with a Two-queen colony

Supposition & Observation

No Pollen No Bees

Honey for Mead

Willie Robson Irish Lecture Tour Notes, February 2010



Co. Waterford beginners course

Co. Waterford BKA will be holding their classes for beginners starting Tuesday 21st February at Coláiste Cathal Naofa. For more information and outline of course, click here

South Tipp Beginners' Course

South Tipp BKA are holding a beginners course in beekeeping starting Saturday 8th April. For more for information on registration and what will be covered, click here

Trees for bees

**ALL TREES ARE NOW ALLOCATED** Those of you who ordered tree saplings should have already received a confirmation email by now, if not, contact Eamon at his email address

Well Done Ryan!

A Junior member of the Lake County BKA, Ryan Nea, has made it to the All Ireland Science competition and came 2nd in his college with a device which alerts beekeepers when a hive is about to swarm.......Story and picture of the young chap is the LCBKA facebook page

Gorey BKA Beginners Course

Gorey BKA Beginners Course, run by Ben Harden NBD, starts on Tuesday 4th April and continues for 4 more Tuesdays, followed by practicals in the association apiary. Venue: The Teagasc Centre, Fort Road, Gorey. Time: 8pm. Duration: approx 1hr. Bee suits are available for the practicals if required. For further details contact the secretary Aine Roche at

Connemara BKA Beginners Course

The Connemara Beekeepers Association are holding their beginners course in beekeeping. The course will be run in the GRETB (VEC) building in Oughterard. It start on Tuesday, 21st Feb, at 7:30pm. for more info, or bookings, please contact Ken Figgis, our education officer. Email or phone 095 41092

Bee Research Project!

FIBKA are co operating with CIT to run a beehealth project to improve the genetic diversity of Irish honey bee stocks, funding needed either corporate or individual. Click here for more info!

Kilkenny Beginners Course!

It will run for the 4 Wednesday nights (15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1st March, 8 March) from 7.30 to 9.00 covering topics such as
Beekeeping Equipment, The occupants of the hive, The beekeeping year, honey harvesting and planting for bees and pollinators.

This will be followed a number of practical sessions during the rest of the year at our own Apiary and at other Apiaries where you will get first hand experience with colonies of Bees

Contact Jer Keohane for further details