Honey Harvest 2019

Some shots from our Honey Harvest,  early September. We had the pleasure of showing DJ Monica Hayes from KCLR the ropes at the apiary.  She recorded the lot, and made a fantastic short documentary on it for her show. Visit the link below to listen to it! https://kclr96fm.com/documentary/harvesting-honey/

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Bees at the National Ploughing Champs 2019

What an unbelievably busy and well-run event! There was great interest in the bees and in beekeeping at the FIBKA (Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations) tent. With 2 observation hives, it wasn’t hard to keep people interested in the bees. We also did 2 talks, one at the ICA stage and at inCarlow stage… well done all!

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The Bees Needs @Visual, 20th May 2019

“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 😊

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First Apiary Visit 2019

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 😁🐝🐝

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Natural comb found in a box. We began the process of helping the move house lastnight!

A visit to the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Jan 2019

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.

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Visit the museum’s website: https://semuzej.business.site

Visit Ljubljana: https://www.slovenia.info/en

Building a tree-hive in the countryside! 

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!!)