gormanston 2016

 Credit: Paul Abbott

Gormanston 2017

The 2017 Annual Beekeeping Summer Course will take place at the Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co Meath from Sunday 30th of July to Friday 4th of August 2017. This will be the 71st Summer Course organised by the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations.

The Beekeeping Course which has taken place at Gormanston since 1961 is internationally renowned attracting beekeepers from all parts of the world. The range of lectures and workshops are of the highest standard. The course has universal appeal both for the beginner and the advanced enthusiast covering a wide programme in the practical and scientific areas including workshops, hive demonstrations, examinations and the National Honey Show.

The Beginners level is ideal for the novice who is interested in learning the craft of beekeeping. A person who undertakes the full beginner’s level will be well capable of managing his own hives following the course.

Following on from the success of the 2016 Summer Course, the 2017 Course will be even bigger and better with plenty of new events!


Bookings are now been taking for Gormanston 2017!

Simply download a reservation form for a day visitor or residential (full week) fill it in and email it to Michael Gleeson at mgglee@eircom.net or gormanston@irishbeekeeping.ie

Day visitor form
Residential form

We are delighted to welcome as our guest speaker will be Dr. Ralph Büchler, from the Bee Institute, Kirchhain, Germany


Guest Speaker

dr ralph buchler

Dr Ralph Büchler

Dr. Ralph Büchler has work with honey bees since his youth. He studied agriculture and biology at Bonn University where he finished his PhD in bee science.

In 1990 he moved to the bee institute in Kirchhain which is one of the larger German training and research centers for beekeeping.

Since 1997, he is leading the institute with it’s 20 co-workers.

Honey bee selection, disease resistance and alternative varroa treatment concepts are in the focus of Dr Büchler research activities.

He acts as scientific adviser of the breeder association “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Toleranzzucht” and Vice Chair of the German association of bee research institutes.


Summer Course Convenor Michael G Gleeson, Ballinakill, Enfield, County Meath

Tel. 00 353 (0) 87 687 9584 Email: mgglee@eircom.net or gormanston@irishbeekeeping.ie

michael gleeson


Course Manager Stuart Hayes email vice.president@irishbeekeeping.ie Tel No 00 353 85 1602613
Stuart Hayes

Looking for directions to Gormanston? Click Here!






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 secretary.goreybeekeepers@gmail.com

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 kfiggis@hotmail.com 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 jkeohane@iece.ie for further details