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FIBKA’s Annual Summer Beekeeping Conference 2024

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This year’s Summer School will take place from Friday, 26th July to Sunday, 28th July, and it promises to be an exceptional event, beneficial for both seasoned and novice beekeepers.

The programme includes lectures on a variety of topics, from bee health to honey production, along with workshops, trade stands, and the prestigious Irish National Honey Show.

Located in the midlands town of Tullamore, the event is easily accessible by car or train. Visitors can choose from a range of accommodation options, including hotels and bed & breakfasts, if they wish to stay overnight.

We extend our gratitude to Bord Bia for their generous sponsorship of the event.

Tickets are priced at €45 per day for FIBKA members and €50 per day for non-members.

*To avail of the FIBKA members’ discount enter the first four letters of your FIBKA membership number as shown in the screen shot below and click on the word apply.

Booking Instructions

Program of Events

FIBKA Summer Conference 2024

– Tullamore Co.Offaly

Improver/Intermediate Programme

FRIDAY 26th of July
TIME LECTURE TITLE SPEAKER ROOM LOCATION
8.00am Registration
9.00-9.15 Opening address from the FIBKA President John Donohoe
9.30-10.30 The Ben Harden Method Ben Harden
10.30-11.15 Tea/Coffee Break
11.15-12.30 Reading a Colony Of Bees Micheal Lane
12.30-13.30 Lunch

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14.00-15.00 preparations for senior Apiary & intermediate Exams Michael Maunsell
15.00-15.45 Tea/Coffee Break
16.00-17.00 What is HACCP & Why? Tony Maher
SATURDAY 27th of July
TIME LECTURE TITLE SPEAKER ROOM LOCATION
8.00am Registration
9.30-10.30 Getting the most out of the FIBKA Education system Eleanor Attridge
10.30-11.15 Tea/Coffee Break
11.15-12.30 Brood Viabilaty & assessment Jim Ryan
12.30-13.30 Lunch

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14.00-15.15 Showing Honey Tips & Tricks paul Boyle
15.15-15.45 Tea/Coffee Break
16.00-18.00 Honey Show Trophies & Awards Presentation Lorcan Burke
SUNDAY 28th of July
TIME LECTURE TITLE SPEAKER ROOM LOCATION
8.00am Registration
9.30-10.30 Creaming my honey & does it sell? Eleanor Attridge
10.30-11.15 Tea/Coffee Break
11.15-12.30 The Significance of Honey Bees as pollinators Denis Mc Carthy
12.30-13.30 Lunch

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14.00-15.00 A Beekeeping year on Olly’s Farm Olly Nolan
15.00-15.30 Closing Address from the FIBKA President John Donohoe

FIBKA Summer Conference 2024

– Tullamore Co.Offaly

Advanced / Senior Programme

FRIDAY 26th of July
TIME LECTURE TITLE SPEAKER ROOM LOCATION
8.00am Registration
9.00-9.15 Opening address from the FIBKA President John Donohoe
9.30-10.30 Drone genetics Michael Maunsell
10.30-11.15 Tea/Coffee Break
11.15-12.30 The science of using pollen substitutes Jamie Ellis
12.30-13.30 Lunch

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14.00-15.00 DAFM & Irish Beekeeping Sinead Mulcahy
15.00-15.45 Tea/Coffee Break
16.00-17.00 Poshbee & Edibee Project /New Book Launch Various
SATURDAY 27th of July
TIME LECTURE TITLE SPEAKER ROOM LOCATION
8.00am Registration
9.30-10.30 The Art & Science of Pollen Paul Fitters
10.30-11.15 Tea/Coffee Break
11.15-12.30 Recognizing and addressing queen events Jamie Ellis
12.30-13.30 Lunch

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14.00-15.15 Insignia Project Sjef Van der Steen
15.15-15.45 Tea/Coffee Break
16.00-18.00 Honey Show Trophies & Awards Presentation All
SUNDAY 28th of July
TIME LECTURE TITLE SPEAKER ROOM LOCATION
8.00am Registration
9.30-10.30 Bees & the Law Paul Keane
10.30-11.15 Tea/Coffee Break
11.15-12.30 A year in the life of a honey bee colony Jamie Ellis
12.30-13.30 Lunch

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14.00-15.00 Honey bee nutrition Jamie Ellis
15.00-15.30 Closing Address from the FIBKA President John Donohoe

FIBKA Summer Conference 2024

– Tullamore Co.Offaly

 

WORKSHOPS

    
FRIDAY 26th of July  
TIMELECTURE TITLESPEAKERROOM LOCATION
8.00amRegistration  
9.00-9.15Opening address
from the FIBKA President
John Donohoe 
9.30-10.30Using the Swarming Impulse for Stock ImprovementMartin O Rourke 
9.30-10.30Introduction to MicroscopyVarious 
10.30-11.15Tea/Coffee Break  
11.15-12.30Microscopy Discection WorkshopVarious 
11.15-12.30All things Wax & Candle MakingDennis Ryan 
12.30-13.30Lunch

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14.00-15.00Microscopy Bee Disease WorkshopVarious 
14.00-15.00Mead MakingTrevor Dawson 
15.00-15.45Tea/Coffee Break  
16.00-17.00Introduction to Skep MakingJane Sellars 
Please Note
  • Max 10 participants per Microscopy Workshop
  • Live Hive Demos Timetable Will be Announced on Each day
  • Please Bring Clean Beesuits
 
    
SATURDAY 27th of July  
TIMELECTURE TITLESPEAKERROOM LOCATION
8.00amRegistration  
9.30-10.30Introduction to MicroscopyVarious 
9.30-10.30Pollen Harvesting & storingOlly Nolan 
10.30-11.15Tea/Coffee Break  
11.00-12.30Pollen Microscopy & Analysis from HoneyVarious 
11.00-12.30Microscopy Dissection WorkshopVarious 
11.15-12.30The Cloake Board MethodJohn Summerville 
11.15-12.30Mead MakingTrevor Dawson 
12.30-13.30Lunch

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14.00-15.15The Snelgrove Grove Board & its Many usesPaddy Galligan 
14.00-15.15Microscopy Bee Disease WorkshopVarious 
15.15-15.45Tea/Coffee Break  
16.00-18.00Honey Show Trophies & Awards PresentationAll 
    
SUNDAY 28th of July  
TIMELECTURE TITLESPEAKERROOM LOCATION
8.00amRegistration  
9.30-10.30Wing MorphologyTBC 
10.30-11.15Tea/Coffee Break  
11.15-12.30Bailey Frame Change & the Shook SwarmLiam Mc Garry 
11.00-12.30Mead MakingTrevor Dawson 
12.30-13.30Lunch

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14.00-15.00Pollen Microscopy & Analysis from HoneyVarious 
15.00-15.30Closing Address
from the FIBKA President
John Donohoe 
    

The National Honey Show 2024