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/
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!
Another fantastic outing for the bees and beekeepers @ Rathanna’s Hill Farming Showcase. Our tent was constantly busy, and the beautiful sunny weather helped of course! 🌞
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 Carlow Beekeepers are in the news again! Michael Tracey from The Nationalist chats with our chairperson John Blanche…
We’re in the Nationalist 😃 Picture taken at the Blackstairs Farming Group Showcase 2018.