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)
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.
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
2019 Membership form is available here Standardised Membership Form 2019 Dunamaise Beekeepers
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
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.