The F.I.B.K.A. Library

- Books

The books in this list are set out in the usual format used in the book trade. The number of each volume is followed by the author; then the title followed by the edition, the date and the number of pages.

There are other abbreviations used: CAB refers to the lectures delivered to the Central Association of Beekeepers. The initials IBRA after an entry indicate those published by the International Bee Research Association. Where possible the country of origin is given. All Irish publications are indicated as are those published in the US. The bulk of the books are English and these are not indicated.

When ordering books please order by number. This makes it easier to send on the right book.

Borrowers are allowed to borrow two books at a time for a period of one month. those who have not borrowed previously from the Library should furnish a letter from their Association secretary confirming their current membership.

Books must be ordered by post not over the telephone.

Available from:

Mr Jim Ryan
Kickham Street
Co Tipperary
Tel No: 0504-22228


List of books sorted by the Author's name                          List of books sorted by Title



- Videos/DVDs

The FIBKA library of Videos/DVD's is maintained by our Video Librarian:

Mr Redmond Williams
Co Tipperary
Tel No: 052-42617


DVDs sorted by Author Name                          DVDs sorted by Title



They are available to both Associations and individuals as follows: -


Affiliated Associations

The Librarian will post DVD's out to Association Secretaries on request and the Association concerned will pay the return postage. Associations can borrow a maximum of two DVD's at any one time.
Associations can hold a DVD for a period of two weeks and must return it within this time period.
DVD's are the property of FIBKA and must be replaced if lost or damaged.


An individual borrow must be a member of an association affiliated to FIBKA. A letter from the Secretary of the borrowers Association confirming their membership must accompany the first application.
Individuals are limited to one DVD at any one time.
Individuals must undertake to replace any damaged or broken DVD's
A borrower must return the DVD within two weeks; failure to do so will disqualify the borrower from obtaining further DVD's.
The borrower must pay €3 towards the cost of posting out the DVD and this fee can be enclosed in the return envelope.

Schools etc

Schools or other organisations if interested should contact the Librarian and arrangements can be made to accommodate if at all possible.


- Slides

The following sets of slides on Beekeeping topics are available to Federation Lecturers and Association Secretaries. Each set comes with explanatory notes.

Activities of Worker Honeybees:- 8 Slides
Composition of the Colony:- 12 Slides
Activities within the Colony:- 12 Slides
Foraging Bees:- 12 Slides
Bumble Bees Life History:- 8 Slides
Queen Rearing / Introduction:- 12 Slides
Seasonal Management of Honey Bees:- 18 Slides
Bumble Bee Life Cycle Colony:- 8 Slides
The Honey Bee:- 8 Slides
Hive Types and Other Equipment:- 18 Slides
Please contact the Video Librarian to arrange to hire them.



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