The Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations is an association of the Beekeepers Associations in Ireland. Any Association of Beekeepers in Ireland may be affiliated to the Federation on acceptance of the Constitution of the Federation.
The Federation's main objectives are to unite the Beekeepers of Ireland for their mutual benefit and to encourage and participate in research in problems of Apiculture and generally to foster efficient beekeeping, honey production and marketing.
To co-operate with the State and Public Authorities in all matters affecting the industry and to provide helpful educational facilities through:
- The publication of An Beachaire (The Irish Beekeeper)
- The publication of informative leaflets
- The promoting and holding of community lectures
- Conducting examinations in the science of apiculture and the art of beekeeping.
In general, to undertake all measures to promote the welfare of beekeeping and Beekeepers in Ireland.
To promote the conservation of the native dark bee, apis mellifera mellifera.
The Annual General Meeting takes place yearly at the end of August and the Officers and Delegates are elected for the coming year from a list of nominees submitted by the local associations beforehand.
The Executive Council meets four times each year e.g. at Gormanston on the Thursday evening of the Summer Course week; in October/November; in February; and in May/June.
The Executive Council Committee (consisting of the President, Secretary, Treasurer and four elected members) is set up at the first Executive Council Meeting.
It meets on three occasions during the year a few weeks before the date of each Council meeting with the exception of the one held at Gormanston. Its function is to discuss all current matters and make recommendations to the next Council meeting for approval or otherwise.
The Annual Summer Course at Gormanston College, Co.Meath is the highlight of the year's programme. Details can be found elsewhere on the website.
Two Honey Shows are held each year, one at Fota on the first weekend in October and the other at the summer course in Gormanston. Entry of exhibits for each show is open to all who wish to do so and excellent prizes are awarded for the winning entries.
The Federation also sets up a tent at the National Ploughing Championships venue each year at which it promotes Beekeeping, Honey and other Hive Products. This is held in September and attracts a huge attendance from all over Ireland and abroad during its three days.
Members from the Irish Beekeeping fraternity attend the Ulster Beekeepers' Associations annual conference at Greenmount Agriculture College, Antrim each year in the Spring and the British Beekeepers' Associations annual conference at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire in April.
These two neighbouring events provide the opportunities to advertise our Summer Course and our national magazine, An Beachaire.
A stand is also manned at the Dublin Horse Show in August each year.