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



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Notice to all FIBKA Members

Insurance is in place for all FIBKA members as normal until 31 December 2017.

All FIBKA members have to renew their membership from 1st January 2018 as normal, in order to avail of FIBKA benefits including Insurance, An Beachaire, Gormanston, Education and all other membership benefits.

Membership benefits commence only when a members details are returned to the FIBKA Membership Secretary, by their Association Secretary/Treasurer.

We have been made aware that some Associations are not renewing their affiliation to FIBKA consequently all benefits for the members of those Associations end on the 31st December 2017, and Members in these Associations who wish to continue with FIBKA please contact the FIBKA Membership Secretary Joanna McGlaughlin at for details of Associations near to you that are affiliated to FIBKA."

Executive Council meeting 16th December

An Executive Council meeting was held in Tullamore on Saturday the 16th of December to discuss among other items the current situation in FIBKA.

Here is a short description of what happened at that meeting

What does FIBKA offer its members?

Here is a comprehensive list of what FIBKA offers its members

Letter from FIBKA Executive to all Member Associations

The letter can be read here in its entirety by clicking here. There will also be a downloadable PDF file that you can share with other members of your Association

Looking for honey labels and FIBKA lids?

For anyone looking to get the FIBKA jar lids or tamper proof labels for your honey, we have put together the following guidelines in how to apply for them. The document can be downloaded here

Hedge cutting

If you wish to report hedge cutting out of season
Contact the people below
National Parks & Wildlife Service
7 Ely Place
Dublin 2
For General Queries:
Tel: +353-1-888 3242
LoCall 1890 383 000 (within Republic of Ireland only - rates charged for the use of 1890 numbers may vary among different service providers)
Fax: +353-1-888 3272

Disease Sampling Form

Teagasc offers a Honeybee disease diagnostic service to beekeepers, more information available here