The Annual Beekeeping Summer Course takes place at the Franciscan College Gormanston, Co. Meath which is situated:

  • 15 minutes from Dublin Airport
  • 20 minutes from the Port Tunnel
  • 10 minutes from surrounding towns (Drogheda, Balbriggan and Swords)
  • 30 minutes from Dublin City Centre
  • Travelling along the M1 Dublin/Belfast motorway, take exit 7 signposted Julianstown/Drogheda South.

It will be the 69th Annual Summer Course organized by The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Association and the 55th held at Gormanston College, situated in the beautiful grounds of Gormanston castle.

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Take train from Connolly Station to Balbriggan Station and a taxi to Gormanston College.

Please note that the College is quite a distance from the Train Station.

Dublin Airport
Gormanston is approximately 20 miles from Dublin Airport on the road to Belfast

A Taxi from Dublin Airport to the college will cost €35 - €40. For further details contact Eamonn Quinn - Balbriggan Cabs, Tel: 00 353 87 257 8002 or 00 353 1 8411 492 or visit

The service bus from Dublin to Drogheda calls at the Airport. Ask to be let off at The Huntsman.


Those wishing to book accommodation outside the college may contact the above hotel which is the nearest to the College or visit The hotel has held some bedrooms aside for Beekeepers attending the Course.

Single Bed & Breakfast rates: 10 rooms are held each night 26th -31st July inclusive at €109BB on Friday & Saturday, €89BB Sunday-Thursday. Booking deadline of 26th June, with rates and availability to review when the initial 10 rooms are booked. They will include a 9.30am transfer each morning to the College on their 13 seater bus, and 2 pickups each evening at 5.30pm & 6.30pm

Quote reference ‘Gormanston Beekeeping” when booking to avail of above rates.

Reserving hotel accommodation is a matter between the hotel and yourselves.



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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