2019 Beginners Beekeeping Course

Tom Hussey will be holding his ever popular beginners course over 8 weeks in Portlaoise. 

Venue :Teagasc Training Centre, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise
Enrollment evening: Tuesday 22nd January 2019 @7.30 pm
First class: on same evening 22nd January 2019 @8.00 pm
Fee : €100 (include cost of Bee Manual (The complete guide to keeping bees by Claire and Adrian Waring )
Duration: 8 weeks followed by 3 Practical demonstrations in the APIARY from mid APRIL to early May (Probably all on Saturdays)


Course Content:

Types of BEES. Honey bees, why keep bees?
How does the colony work?
The individual bee.
Different type of bees.
Role of honeybees in fruit and plant pollination
Equipment: choosing a hive,Frames and foundation, assembling hives and frames.
Choosing an apiary site.
Protective clothing, Smokers, hive tools and record cards.
Swarming, why it takes place and ways to try and manage for a favourable outcome.
Hive types including housings,frames,wax and the assembly of same
Management of bees including winter and spring feeding and treatment to prevent diseases.

2019 Membership now open

Members are invited to renew their membership before the start of the New Year. This will ensure that insurance cover does not lapse and that you will get all 12 editions of An Beachaire.

Membership is €80 per year and must be accompanied by a completed membership form each year.

Membership Form can be downloaded here: Dunamaise membership 2019

FIBKA Spring Lecture Tour 2018

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations have organised for Dr Kirsten Traynor to deliver a series of lectures for our Spring Lecture Tour 2018. Attendance is free for members of affiliated Associations


Thursday March 22nd 8 p.m. Hotel Kilmore, Dublin Rd, Cavan H12 F6Y7

Simple, Smart Beekeeping

Friday March 23rd 8 p.m.  The Dalton Inn, Claremorris, Co Mayo F12 V582

Over the Atlantic: European Intensive Hive Management


Saturday March 24th 2 p.m. The Horse and Jockey Hotel, Horse and Jockey, Thurles, Co Tipperary E41 AP86

  • Halting the Unstoppable Swarm
  • American Foulbrood

Sunday March 25th 2 p.m. The Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin 22 D22 YX80

  • Easy Queen Introduction for the Hobbyist
  • Varroa: Biology, Control and Virus Transmission

First meeting of 2018

The first meeting of 2018 will be held in Teagasc Training Center Portlaoise at 8PM on Tue 13 February. We welcome Ken Norton of Lake County Beekeepers who will advise us on spring management.

Beekeeping course 29 Jan 2018

Our 2018 Beekeeping course will run for 8 weeks from 29th Jan, 7-9PM in the meeting room behind Portlaoise Parish Church (SS Peter and Paul).

Tom Hussey and Tom Carroll will take beginners through a comprehensive tour of the facinating world of the honey bee and provide knowledge and advise to those interested in keeping bees or with an interest in learning about bees.

The course will prepare students for the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations Prelimary Examination which will be optional on completion of practical apiary training later in the spring.

Bookings now open from

Tom Hussey 085 1742114

Thresholds by Ian Wilson on Soundcloud

Ian Wilson Composer:

”Thresholds’ (2017) is a work for soundtrack and saxophonist, a commission from Laois County Council in conjunction with Creative Ireland to create an sound work examining the condition of pollinating insects in Ireland and what can be done to arrest their decline.

I interviewed many people whose lives and/or work in some way interact with pollinators as well as broader ecological themes, and fragments of those interviews, as well as field recordings I made, constitute the soundtrack element. I then wrote a saxophone score to accompany the soundtrack (not the other way around!), performed here by my longtime collaborator Cathal Roche. This score reflects – musically and emotionally – on various aspects of the soundtrack and on occasion imitates directly some of the speech patterns heard there.
My thanks to Laois Heritage Officer Catherine Casey and all those who generously gave their time to talk to me.”

The piece, first performed in Emo Court as part of the Laois Leaves Festival can be played here.  Soundcloud

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