Thursday 3rd August

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



Time Topic Lecturer
09:30-10:30 Preparing for Winter Philip McCabe
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Harvesting the Honey Crop Philip McCabe
12:30-13:30 Lunch
14:00-16:45 Preliminary Examination - Written (30mins) Examiners
14:30  Preliminary Examination - Practical - (Bee Suit necessary) Examiners
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
17:00 Dinner



Time Topic Lecturer
09:30-10:30 Colony Evaluation & Record Keeping Michael Maunsell
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Beekeeping - Can We Make it Pay? Roger Patterson
12:30-13:30 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Bees and Plants Peter Whyte
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 The Swarm Patrick Lundy
17:00 Dinner



Time Topic Lecturer
09:30-10:30 Breeding Locally Adapted Bees Ralph Buchler
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Bee Floral & Ecology Peter Whyte
12:30-13:30 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Maintaining Colony Health Throughout the Seasons Dara Kilmartin
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 The Evolution of Insects and Plants Pam Hunter
17:00 Dinner



Time Topic Lecturer
09:00-10:45** Pollen Microscopy: Basic Techniques of Pollen Analysis D. Kilmartin / R. Gaffney
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
10:45-12:30** Pollen Microscopy: Basic Techniques of Pollen Analysis D. Kilmartin / R. Gaffney
12:30-13:30 Lunch
14:00-15.00 Observing the Colony Roger Patterson
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 Bumble Bees - (Starting in Class & moving to outside talk) Tomás Murray
17:00 Dinner
** Pre Registration Required and NB Start & session times


Evening Programme

18:45-19:45 Extracting Honey - Practical with Philip Mccabe
19:30 D. Cushman Mem. -The role of citizen science in the conservation of Irish bees - Tomás Murray



21:00 Monster Quiz Night


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International Meeting of Young Beekeepers

We are currently looking for young beekeepers (12 -16 age group) to represent Ireland at France 2018. Full details can be seen here

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

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Great news! - The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 is released this week. Click here for more info!

Got something to say!?

We are looking for people to submit articles on beekeeping or anything related to it, on a once off or a regular basis. If you think you could put pen to paper, then please email the Beachaire Manager, Dermot O'Flaherty at