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The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations clg FIBKA

Maynooth Summer School & Honey Show 2022
Programme of Events

Summer School Lecture
Honey Show

FIBKA Annual Summer School 29th& 30th July 2022

The scheduled time of lectures, workshops and line up of speakers is currently being finalised by the FIBKA Summer School Organizing Committee.  Please watch this page for more details as they become available.  Below is the outline of what you can expect at the Summer School. 

To secure your place at the Summer School please click here:


An Introduction to beekeeping stage one course, as outlined by the FIBKA Education Framework document will take place. A certificate of attendance will be awarded.

  • Natural history of the Honeybee
  • Honeybee Management
  • Products of the Hive
  • Beekeeping Equipment
  • Honeybee pests and diseases
  • Bees and the environment
  • FIBKA and local beekeeping associations


Theme:  Bee Wellness – covers knowledge of current and potential bee pests and diseases

Lectures include:

    • Aoife Ní Giolla Coda CFL from the Galtee Bee Farm will share her experiece in Queen Improvement & Queen Production
    • Dr Nao Simon Delso will update us on the impact of pesticides on bees.
    • Michael Maunsell CFL will discuss the Importance of the Drone in the Honeybee Colony
    • Leading UK Apiculture expert Roger Patterson will discuss the most successful swarm management techniques.
    • Prof. Julia Jones UCD, Teagasc Oakpark & Johnstown Castle in Wexford Report on National Bee Health Survey 2021
    • Tom Prendergast CFL – International champion beekeeper in Tipperary & Kilkenny will discuss the Bailey Comb Change & The Shook Swarm.
    • paul Boyle CFL & Honey Judge will discuss how best to prepare Honey for Sale and for the Honey Show.


  • Dr Mary Coffey from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine who will update us on the health status of bees in Ireland and risks of imported bees.
  • Dr Keith Browne of the University of Galway will discuss his research work in relation to the traditional Irish Black Bee and the genome.
  • The role of Microscopy in beekeeping with Dr Dara Kilmartin & Dr Robert Gaffney – very interesting lecture on pollen and the flowers that support our bees.
  • Simon Rees CFL will speak on Marketing for beekeepers – how to get the best price for your crop’.
  • Dr Mary Montaut will review the research in relation to Honey Bees and the other native bees working together. Mary also shares her views on trees for bees.
  • Dr Noa Simon Delso of Bee-Life based in Brussels on the defense of bees and beekeepers rights from environmental threatsin the Green Deal era.


  • Wax and it’s many uses— Jim Ryan
  • Honey for sale and show— John Donoghue
  • Hive parts and frame making for beginners
  • Mead Making

Hosted in the Callan Building in Maynooth University, the training sessions will be led by Dr Helen Mooney (Bee Master) and Teresa Redmond (Manager of the MU laboratory) and PhD students acting as demonstrators.

08.30 am Session 1. Bee Anatomy
11.00 am Session 2 Bee Diseases

Entries accepted up to 12 noon on Friday 29th
Friday afternoon – Judging
11:00 to 13:00 Saturday – Honey Show exhibition is open to the public
16:00 Presentation of Prizes

Friday 12:00 (noon) to 18:00 – open for business
Saturday 10:00 to 16:00 – open for business

To date, the following businesses have committed to involvement by providing exhibits and sales opportunities. (In many cases there are special Summer School prices)

  • Bee Supplies (Paul O’ Sullivan)
  • Donegal Bees
  • Apis bee supplies
  • Back Garden Wildlife
  • Ben Harden Bee Supplies
  • National Irish Honey Bee Society
  • FIBKA Education Framework

Social Evening

Friday 29th July 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Pugin Hall, Maynooth University.


5.30 pm on Saturday: Mass in College Chapel, St Mary’s Oratory, celebrated by Fr Robert McCabe CC

This completes the FIBKA Beekeeping Summer School ‘22

Book Your Teas Coffees & Lunches Here

Catering Must Have Numbers in Advance in Order to Plan

There will be NO option for cash sales of teas and coffees or lunch due to the advance notice required by the caterers.

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