Members monthly meeting take place in CBS Swords at 8p.m.
Unless otherwise stated.

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An overview of the season to date. (August 2018)

We are coming to the end of another beekeeping year. Colonies were generally strong going into the spring after a long cold / damp winter. For the second year winter losses (per COLOSS returns) were in the order of 12 per cent, which is well below the national average. Colonies built up well, although there were cold periods at times, and by May swarm activity was higher than normal. There were good honey flows in spring / early summer but the hot dry weather since June has burned up the white clover, bramble flowed reasonably well but the best returns would appear to have been from the lime.

Monthly Meetings
Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Association usually meet at 8.00p.m. in the Christian Brothers schools Swords on the first Thursday of each month.
(see list below) Map  to get to the Christian Brothers School in Swords.

November 2018
Thursday 1st November 2018
Annual Honey tasting night. Has now been established as an annual event. The format will be the same as in previous years. Each member should bring along a jar of his or her own honey or honey in the comb and there will be a discussion on the floral source, taste etc of the honey. Guests will be welcome.

Saturday 3rd November 2018 - Honey Show
The County Dublin BKA has invited our Association to participate in the 75th anniversary celebrations of their honey show. Two classes have been reserved for our Association; Class 1: 1 jar (any size) of light, medium or dark honey and Class 2. 1 jar (any size) covered jar of honey – similar to the Benny Myers trophy class. Our “Honey Tasting Night” will provide an opportunity for members to try out their honey. Members should also consider making entries to other open classes in the show. A full schedule of classes will be circulated later.

December 2018
Thursday 13th December 2018( Note the date )
Annual Christmas Dinner, in Malahide Golf Club. Further details later.

January 2019
CBS closed for christmas holidays, NO FNDBA meeting.

February 2019
Thursday 7th February 2019
First meeting of 2019 season.

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On the Saturday 14th April 2018, beginners first look inside a live hive at the associations apiary in Kinsealy.

Events for Future Reference

Fingal North Dublin Beekeeper's Association (FNDBA) run a popular beginners beekeeping course once a year during February and March. The 2019 course is over subscribed, and is now closed.

This is the only beginners course run by FNDBA.

Please visit The Federation of Irish beekeepers  web site for information on courses offered by other associations.

FNDBA also hold regular monthly meetings which anyone interested in beekeeping are always welcome to attend. See the events listed above.
For any querys please contact:- Ms. Paula Butler.  

Following the well-attended demonstration in the Association apiary last year, it is planned to run a workshop (as usual weather permitting) for all members on raising Queens from an 'artificial swarm' (taking out a Nuc with queen) and raising ripe queen cells for introduction to Apideas.
This is a skill that all of our members should be able to master.

A good way for beginners to improve their honey extraction and preparation skills is to attend and exhibit at honey shows. This is a enjoyable way of gaining a lot of worthwhile experience.

Our Association has a library with a wide selection of books. The library books are available for loan to members at each monthly meeting, a full listing is available from the librarian, at
Members who have an outstanding book should return it to the librarian,

The membership subscriptions for 2018, was due on the 1st November 2017.
The membership subscription covers the period from the 1st November to 31st October each year, which includes your insurance premium, affiliation fee to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association and your monthly subscription to An Beachaire, for the same period.
Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Association Membership fee for 2018 :- €65.00, fee for additional family member €30.00 per member.
Cheques should be made payable to Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Association. Please note that a member’s insurance is only effective from the time payment is made and receipt given, and late payment will result in some of the issues of An Beachaire for 2017/18 not being posted.

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