The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations FIBKA

Beekeeping Summer School – Gormanston 2019

The latest information about this year’s main event, Gormanston 2019.


August 11 – 02:00 pm


August 16 – 05:00 pm

Event Category:

Honey Shows in Ireland


The Franciscan College


County Meath


Gormanston beekeeping Summer School 2019

Message from Summer Course Convenor:

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.
In addition to the Beginners, Intermediate, Senior and workshops levels we are planning to introduce an Apitherapy level, something that has proven very popular in other countries.

Our guest speaker is David Tarpy a Professor of Entomology and the Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University since 2003. His research interests focus on the biology and behaviour of honey bee queens in order to better improve the overall health of queens and their colonies. Specific research projects include understanding the effect of multiple mating on colony disease resistance, using molecular methods to determine the genetic structure within honey bee colonies, and the determining the regulation of reproduction at the individual and colony levels.

David will be ably supported by an excellent panel of speakers bringing you the latest development in beekeeping research.

Our Beginners level is developed for the total beginner with a series of PowerPoint presentations and outdoor practical’s at the hives. At the end of the course a beginner should be well capable of managing a couple of hives on their own.

For those seeking residential accommodation at the College, I 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.

Details and costs, including reservation forms are available on FIBKA website.

The Gormanston Team look forward to welcoming you all to Gormanston 2019.

Michael G Gleeson
Summer Course Convenor.

The Annual Beekeeping Summer Course at Gormanston 2019

The Annual Beekeeping Summer Course will take place at the Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co Meath from:

Sunday 11th to Friday 16th of August 2019

This will be the 73nd 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.
This is the Programme for the week. You can either read it below on the page or download it from this link.

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Following on from the success of the previous years, the 2019 programme will be even bigger and better! Some of the planned event are as follows:

Programme Includes:

  • Beginners/Novice Course
  • Academic Lectures
  • Practical Workshops

The Workshops include:

  • Beeswax
  • Microscopy
  • Morphometry
  • Hive making
  • Queen Rearing
  • Encaustic Art
  • Candle Making
  • Cooking with Honey
  • Mead making
  • Section Honey Production

Bookings are now being taken for Gormanston 2019!

Click here for the booking form:

Michael Gleeson at:

Guest Speaker

We are delighted to welcome as our guest speaker will be Professor David Tarpy, Professor of Entomology abd the Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University.

Professor David Tarpy - Carolina State University

Professor David Tarpy

Summer Course Convenor:michael gleeson

Michael G Gleeson,

County Meath

Tel.: 00 353 (0) 87 687 9584

Course Manager:Stuart Hayes
Stuart Hayes

Tel.: 00 353 85 1602613



The Documents below are the First Draft of The Program for Gormanston 2019 and The Honey Show Schedule.
and are therefore subject to change.

You can read the documents here by clicking on them. To close them just press escape. Or you can download the documents and reead them by clicking the download link.

Download the First Draft Programme Here

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Download the First Draft of the Honey Show Schedule Here

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