Monday 31st July

Time Topic
08:00 Breakfast
08:00 Registration Room 13




Time Topic Lecturer
09:30-10:30 Getting Started Paul O'Brien
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Occupants of the Hive Liam McGarry
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Summer School Photograph on Front Steps
14:00-15:00 Hives and Frames Dennis Ryan
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 Apiary Selection and Management and Record Keeping Rose Breslin
17:00 Dinner
18:45-19:45 Handling Bees Ethel Irvine




Time Topic Lecturer
09:30-10:30 Do you have Healthy Bees? Jim Vivian-Griffiths
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 The Experience of Varroa In Ireland Mary Coffey
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Summer School Photograph on Front Steps
14:00-15:00 Queen Rearing on a Small Scale Tom Prendergast
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 Preparing Bees for Winter Irene Power
17:00 Dinner



Time Topic Lecturer
09:30-10:30 Harvesting the Crop Dennis Ryan
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Colony losses and the role of pesticides Ralph Buchler
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Summer School Photograph on Front Steps
14:00-15:00 Pollen Margaret Murdin
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 Senses of the Honey Bee John Hendrie
17:00 Evening Meal



Time Topic Lecture
09:30-11:30* Microscopy - Disease Diagnosis J. Ryan / R. Breslin
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Queen Rearing Using a Cloake Board Mark Newenham
12:30-13:30 Lunch 
13:30 Summer School Photograph on Front Steps 
14:00-16:00* Microscopy - Understanding it's use A. van Rossum/E. Attridge
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 How to go about winning the World Cup in Honey Bill Fisher & Sue Carter
17:00 Dinner
*NB Longer Session Times



14:00-17:00  Practical Intermediate
14:00-17:00  Practical Senior


Evening Programme

18:45-19:30 Bee Keeping - The Global Picture - Philip McCabe
18:45-19:45 Assembly and Nailing of Frames - Dennis Ryan & others
20:00 Deasy Memorial Talk - by John Breen on the 'History of Irish Beekeeping'


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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