There was great interest at our stand at the Carlow Fringe Arts Festival yesterday, especially in the live bees! We were there among Carlow’s finest artists at Perry’s Warehouse.🎨
We’ve left a small display of photos there, and it’s on until June 16th so pop in and have a look around!
“Visual” Carlow was positively buzzing with activity at The Bees Needs Gathering- with Carlow primary schools showcasing their amazing work. There was much excitement over our glass observation hive, and as always Paddy Holohan impressed us all during a “quick fire” Q&A session from the kids about beekeeping- on stage! 👏👏
*The Bees Needs is a county-wide project with Visual Centre for Contemporary Arts, Carlow CoCo, local artists, and of course the Beekeepers! Nine Carlow primary schools were selected to take part in the project, which included making insect hotels, art projects and visits from the beekeepers!
It’s a truly remarkable project to be involved in and we thank Visual for the opportunity 😊
We were delighted to welcome our beginners to our first association apiary visit of the year lastnight. And what a lovely evening it was for it! Good news all-round… all of our colonies are alive and healthy. Check out the queen cup below, and the hive bursting with shiny happy bees 😁🐝🐝
Natural comb found in a box. We began the process of helping the move house lastnight!
We had a full house at our”Beginner’s Beekeeping” course! Thanks to all who came, to Paddy for his wonderful teaching throughout, and to Shane for his hive assembly demo on the first night. 🐝🐝
We were treated to an impressive exhibition of world culture and beekeeping history with an extra-sensory touch in Ljubljana last week. The pictures below only capture a glimpse of the experience…
Vintage skeps and hives, pictured below. Common materials used for making the skeps were willow, clematis and cow dung. Ancient skep-making techniques are still used today, although the skeps are primarily used for collecting swarms.
Men and dogs even do the job as a beehive, with the dog’s mouth serving as an interesting hive entrance!
Below, a vintage hive-carrying cart, and a beautifully crafted honeycomb dome structure photographed from the elevator above.
Visit the museum’s website: https://semuzej.business.site
Visit Ljubljana: https://www.slovenia.info/en
Thanks to all who came to our AGM on Thursday. We’re delighted to welcome our new members who signed up. Our new committee was also elected, and we look forward to planning an active and fun-filled 2019! Huge thanks to Mary Coffey of Teagasc for her very interesting talk on bee diseases and treatment.
The Beekeepers are at it again, making an attractive trap-hive in the beautiful Carlow countryside! It’s a work in progress, and we’ll post a mini-vid of the action soon. It’ll hopefully be irresistable to a swarm, and the lucky bees can thank Carlow beekeeper Shane Kavanagh for constructing their cosy new pad!
(*don’t try this at home!!)
Thanks to Offaly Beekeeping Association for giving us a lovely warm welcome in Tullamore this evening. Dr. Saorla Kavanagh’s lecture offered fascinating insights into her now world- famous Heather Honey research.
… and of course Anne grabbed a photo-op afterwards with Dr. Kavanagh, and FIBKA’s Ken Norton and Michael Gleeson! 😁
The Beekeepers enjoyed our first meet-up of the autumn-winter season lastnight, with a fantastic talk by guest speaker Keith Pierce from Dublin, and a discussion with Stephanie Coakley from Carlow IT on the benefits and drawbacks of the invasive Himalayan balsam plant. Tea and sambos completed the evening just perfectly!
The Carlow Beekeepers are in the news again! Michael Tracey from The Nationalist chats with our chairperson John Blanche…