The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations FIBKA

GORMANSTON BEEKEEPING SUMMER SCHOOL 2020

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the Gormanston Summer School has had to be cancelled for 2020

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Notice regarding refunds for Summer School:

“All deposits for the Gormanston 2020 Summer School are currently in the process of being refunded.” please contact admin@irishbeeking.ie

Re Exams:

All FIBKA exams for 2020 have been cancelled due to covid-19.

“All payments for the 2020 FIBKA examinations are currently in the process of being refunded.” please contact admin@irishbeeking.ie

Coronavirus (covid-19)

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

As part of the national response to Covid-19, the Department of Health, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the HSE are working closely to support stakeholders and community groups. We will be regularly updating our website with information as it comes to hand.

FIBKA Honey Jar Lid 2018

FIBKA Lids and Labels

Following a number of food scares before the turn of the century, particularly involving the authenticity of produce being marketed, it was decided by FIBKA to introduce a tamper-proof label in order to give consumers confidence that the product they were purchasing was Irish and also a pure unadulterated product. At the same time, AlPack in Dublin, who supplies many FIBKA members with honey jars, designed a special lid which is available only to Association members, as a further indication of the authenticity of the honey and that it is locally produced. 

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Coronavirus
There is much talk about Covid-19 (Coronavirus) among our members. FIBKA recommends that you follow the advice of the government in this area, as posted on the HSE web site

Notice of AGM 2020

I have attached the formal notice of the AGM of FIBKA CLG along with the supporting documentation. This will be held on 26th September as an online meeting due to the constraints of the COVID-19

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NOTICES

Hedge Cutting

FIBKA wishes to remind you all that it is prohibited to cut hedgerows or to burn gorse, etc. from 1st March until 31st August. You can report illegal hedge cutting to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (https://npws.ie/contact-us) and/or the Gardaí (https://garda.ie/en). Please give as many details as possible – photos are particularly useful. Remember to note the registration number of any vehicle involved, along with the date and time and the location.

Mooney Goes Wild

Pres. Paul O'Brien talks to Derek Mooney, Éanna Ní Lamhna and Dr. Richard Collins about Bumblebees. Listen here: RTE Radio1

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The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations

Welcome to the web site of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations.The Federation represents our 48 local member associations. Each Association has its own programme of lectures and apiary demonstrations – some planned in advance and some on short notice. Your local Secretary can tell you what’s on.

Many local Associations have beginners’ courses over the winter and it’s an excellent way to learn abut the craft. For all levels of experience, the Federation runs a one week summer course in Gormanston College. This draws beekeepers from all over the country and internationally not just to hear lectures.

Each Association has an Executive Council member assigned as a link between the Association and the Federation.

It’s a great time to keep bees. There’s more clover with nitrates restricted, more oilseed rape grown for fuel, less destruction of hedgerows as people realise how much benefit they provide for shelter and wildlife. All this encourages us to continue with an ancient craft with such a wonderful product – pure Irish Honey. Enjoy it!

Fáilte

Fáilte chuig idirlíon Chomhnascadh Cumann Beachairí na h-Éireann. In san comhnascadh seo, tá 48 cumainn áitiúla. Clic ar an léarscáil chun eolas ar an gceann is giorra dhuit a aimsiú. Bíonn clár léachtaí dá chuid féin ar siúl ag gach aon cumann comh maith le teaspáintaisí praicticiúla in san bheachlainn i rith an t-samhraidh. Bíonn cuid de na h-imeachtaí seo socraithe le fada roimh ré agus cuid acu a thárlionn d’aon gnó. Bíonn gach eolas le fáil ón rúnaí áitiúl. Bíonn ranganna ar siúl i rith an gheimhridh ag furmhór de na cumainn i gcóir daoine atá ar intinn acu beachaireacht a fhoghlaim. Is oiriúnach an slí seo chun eolas a fháil ar an gcéird.

Bíonn cúrsa samhradh á reachtáil ag an comhnascadh gach bliain ar gach leibhéil eolais i gColáiste Baile Mhic Gormáin i gCo. na Mí. Mór-chruinniú í seo de bheachairí as gach áird den tír seo agus as tíortha thar lear comh maith. Clic anseo chun a thuile eolais a fháil ar an gcúrsa. Tá gach cumann sa tír faoi chúram ball áirithe de Choiste Feidhmiúchán Náisiúnta an Chomhnascaidh. Seo leanas ainmneacha na mball agus na gcumann atá faoina gcúram.

In san lá atá inniú ann, tá gach rud ceart chun tosnú ar bheaca a choimeád. Níl an oiread sin nitreáid á scaoileadh amach ar an dtalamh ag na feirmeoirí. Tá níos mó síol-ráibe á chur faoi láthair i gcóir ábhar ola chun comhacht a gnothú. Níl an méid chéanna de na clathacha agus na torthaí á leagadh mar tá níos mó tuisceana ag daoine go bhfuil siad an úsáideach o thaobh fothana agus chun an fiadhúlra a chaomhnú. Ón méid seo ar fad, moltar dúinn leanúint leis a gceird ársa seo ag a bfhuil an toradh íontach – fíor mhil na h-Éireann.

Bígí ag baint taithneamh as!

Ken and Dan Basterfield regularly give popular lectures on practical and thought-provoking beekeeping topics. They lecture across the UK and Ireland, from local association meetings to national and international conferences.

Sparked by the lockdown of 2020 and the ensuing cancellation of pretty much any form of beekeeping meeting, conference, or convention, we are offering a series of on-line evening lectures throughout the beekeeping season. Topics are chosen to fit with the work in the apiary, aiming to be timely and to inspire all those ‘thinking beekeepers’ out there.

Book a place for just £2.50 a lecture. Book your place on a Webinar (Online Lecture) Here.

We can also arrange for specific lectures to be scheduled for your association – contact us to discuss arrangements.

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