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.



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

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 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 for further details