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Beekeeping Summer School – Maynooth

Our Summer School and Honey Show are Back!

We are delighted to announce that the FIBKA Summer School and National Honey Show will take place in 2022 after a gap of 2 years.

Summer School:  Friday 29th and Saturday 30th  July 2022

The Irish National Honey Show: Friday 29th: Awards on Saturday afternoon 30th July

The Irish National Honey Show is being held as part of the Summer School and we are grateful to Bord Bia for their continuing sponsorship. As it is the first Honey Show of the season, exhibitors are keen to see how their new entries compare with their fellow beekeepers after the break caused by the pandemic. It’s particularly good to welcome our overseas visitors once more.

Venue: John Hume building on the Maynooth University Campus

An internationally renowned Beekeeping Summer School providing courses that cover all aspects of beekeeping ranging from ‘introduction to beekeeping’ to lectures and workshops, suitable for the more competent and advanced beekeepers.

  • Choice of at least 20 lectures from renowned Researchers and Academics in their field
  • More than 10 practical workshops including: wax recovery, preparing honey for sale, mead and much more

More Information

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The Tuition Fee provides, at the appropriate times, free access to all lectures, tutorials, workshops, demonstrations, the equipment and trade show, the 2022 Irish National Honey Show Exhibition, the awards and prize-giving ceremonies, subject to booking requirements, dictated by space constraints and health and safety considerations.

The set-up and judging for the honey show happen on Friday, the exhibition is open to the public only on Saturday until 2 pm.

Please book your tickets using the Eventbrite links below for the Summer School.  You can book for the 2-day event Friday & Saturday 29th July or for either Friday or Saturday.

Should you only have time to visit for 1 day you may do so.  However, the full details of the programme are not yet available but will be in the coming week.

2 Days:

29th July Only:

30th July Only:

Accommodation Information Here: Maynooth University Campus Accommodation

Entry to National Honey Show – book your entry here:

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Previous Years

The FIBKA Annual Summer School has been meeting the educational needs of both seasoned and beginner beekeepers since 1946.

Participants come not only from within the FIBKA membership and Irish beekeeping community in general but from the UK, Europe and farther afield.  It has always been a wonderful opportunity for beekeepers to network, socialize and share experiences with each other.

Many beekeepers attend the school on multiple occasions, such is the wealth of knowledge to be gained from the excellent presentations from researchers and academics at the forefront of the apicultural world.  The apiculture subjects vary from the scientific to the practical, with hands-on workshops for all levels.

FIBKA Beekeeping Summer School in Gormanston College in 1946
FIBKA Summer School Gormanston 2019

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