The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations FIBKA

FIBK PRO, Ken Norton, presents President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and his wife Sabina with John Summerville's prize-winning honey.
Ken Norton discusses the benefits of quality Irish honey with The First Lady
The President discusses the finer points of beekeeping with FIBKA PRO

FIBKA PRO, Ken Norton, presents President Michael D. Higgins and his Wife Sabina Higgins with prize-winning Summerville Honey

The Predident’s interest in and concern for pollinators and environmental issues in general is well known and appreciated by our beekeepers. He has been demanding urgent action at every level of society for some time. Both The President and First Lady showed great interest in the honey and it’s origins. Irish honey is known worldwide for its quality and purity.

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BEEKEEPERS WANTED!

We have had a system in place on the FIBKA website to link up beekeepers with farmers who want to host bees on their land. With the new effort by DAFM to connect forestry owners with beekeepers…

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Commercially Located Hives

There has been a huge increase in the number of companies contracting with beekeepers to locate hives on their property, typically on the roof of their building. I have clarified with our insurer…

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World Bee Day

To celebrate World Bee Day on 20th May, there are a number of events that might be of interest to your members:

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FIBKA President Paul O’Brien, PRO Ken Norton and Beekeeper Peter Walsh addressing the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, on the consequences of the current farming practices and other activity and inactivity of other organisations and individuals, for our pollinators including honeybees and other insects and subsequently the population of Ireland.

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Gormanston Summer School 2019

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Beekeeping Summer School 2019

The 2019 annual Summer Course at Gormanston College, Co Meath from Sunday 11th to Friday 16th of August promises to be another exciting week in the calendar of Irish Beekeeping.

For those seeking residential accommodation at the College, we would strongly advise early booking as late availability of rooms may not be guaranteed. The College management have asked for the release of unreserved rooms early in the year so that they can allocate them to other groups(s).

There is no issue with day attendance as we will always be able to accommodate those.

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!

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A Who's who of the Federation Committee and their contact Details.

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