The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations FIBKA

Gormanston 2018

Gormanston 2018


August 12 - 02:00 pm


August 17 - 05:00 pm

Event Category:

Honey Shows in Ireland



Website: Organizer's Website

The Franciscan College



Sunday 12th August:

2.00 -5.00pm Arrival & Registration Room 13
5.00pm Evening meal
7.00pm Offical Opening Ceremony of 2018 Summer School followed by Cheese & Wine Reception

The Annual Beekeeping Summer Course at Gormanston 2018

The Annual Beekeeping Summer Course will take place at the Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co Meath from Sunday 12th to Friday 17th of August 2018. This will be the 72nd 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.

Gormanston 2018 Programme

Gormanston 2018 Programme


Following on from the success of the previous years, the 2018 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 2018!

Simply download a residential reservation form (full residential course from €400 rates available on application), fill it in and email it to:

Michael Gleeson at or

Download the residential application form here:
Reservation Form Residential 2018 – Word Document

Download the Day Visitors application form here:
Reservation Form Day Visitors Gormanston 2018! – Word Document

Guest Speaker

We are delighted to welcome as our guest speaker will be Dr. Otto Boecking, from the Bee Institute Celle, Germany

Dr Otto Boecking

Dr. Otto Boecking


Summer Course Convenor:

Michael G Gleeson,

michael gleeson

County Meath

Tel.: 00 353 (0) 87 687 9584

Course Manager:Stuart Hayes
Stuart Hayes
Tel.: 00 353 85 1602613

Looking for directions to Gormanston? Click Here!

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