Wednesday 2nd August

Time Topic
07:45 Annual Mass for living & deceased members and friends
08:00 Breakfast
08:00 Registration Room 13



Time Topic Lecturer
09:30-10:30 Summer & Spring Management Liam McGarry
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Outdoor Demo (on the front lawn - Bee Suit necessary) All available Speakers
12:30-13:30 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Nuclei for begineers Simon Rees
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 Outdoor Demo (on the front lawn - Bee Suit necessary) All available Speakers
17:00-18:00 Assembly and Nailing of Frames Dennis Ryan & others
19:00 Gala Dinner & Social



Time Topic Lecturer
09:30-10:30 Langstroth Simon Rees
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 A Year of Commercial Beekeeping & Bee Improvement Aoife Nic Giolla Códa
12:30-13:30 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Producing Nuclei Keith Pierce
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 Swarming - Opportunity or Problem? Jim Vivian-Griffiths
19:00 Gala Dinner & Social



Time Topic Lecturer
09:30-10:30 Getting the Colony Strong for the Crop Keith Pierce
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Biotechnical Measures for Varroa control Ralph Buchler
12:30-13:30 Lunch
14:00-15:00 The Patterson Unit Roger Patterson
15:00-15:45 Tea / Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 The Drone Michael Maunsell
19:00 Gala Dinner & Social



Time Topic Lecturer
09:30-10:30 Frame Nailing with a jig and nail gun Eamon Magee
10:30-11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Hive Assembly Billy O'Rourke
12:30-13:30 Lunch
14:00 - 16.00* Apidea Use (Demo on Lawn - Bee suit Necessary) Terry Clare
15:45-16:45  Encaustic Art Lorraine Priestly
15:45-16:45  Section Honey Thomas Ellis
19:00 Gala Dinner & Social
*NB Longer session time



9:30-12:30pm Honey Judge Exam 1 (Note: Honey Show is closed for duration of exam)
13:30-16:30pm Honey Judge Exam 2 (Note: Honey Show is closed for duration of exam)


Evening Programme

Office Hours Pre Registration for Thursday's Pollen Microscopy Workshops - Room 13


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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