Members monthly meeting take place in CBS Swords at 8p.m. |
Unless otherwise stated.
An overview of the season to date. (January 2018)
We are starting into another beekeeping year. The bees had generally over-wintered 2016-2017 well with strong colonies
after record flows, in most places, from the autumn ivy. Winter losses (per COLOSS returns) dropped to 11 per cent,
from 16 per cent in the previous winter. Colonies built up well, although there were cold periods at times,
and swarm activity was about average. The oil seed rape yielded well and later in the summer good flows were
reported from white clover and bramble, although lack of rain probably reduced honey crops.
At the end of 2017 the flow from the ivy is generally looking
good and should boost the population of winter bees, so necessary to ensure a good build-up in the spring 2018.
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.
No Meeting, C.B.School closed over the Christmas holiday period.
Thursday 8th February 2018 this is the second Thursday
First meeting of the new year.
Talk by Kevin Halpenny on “Parks of Fingal”. Kevin is the senior Parks Superintendent in Fingal County Council and has responsibility for all the parks throughout the region.
These parks contain a diverse source of forage for our bees and are under constant development.
The talk will also provide an opportunity for members to let the Council know of our needs as beekeepers.
The Annual Conference of the Native Irish Honey Bee Society will be held in Athlone on 9th and 10th February 2018, further details from Native Irish Honey Bee
Thursday 8th March 2018 this is the second Thursday
Members’ Beekeeping Night at which members will be able to air their beekeeping problems and get into the right frame of mind for the start of the active season.
Members should preferably send in any questions by email to the Hon. Secretary prior to the meeting.
We propose to show the video “More than Honey” looking at contrasting approaches to managing honeybee colonies.
Thursday 5th April 2018
Talk by our members Finbarr Lambert and Dave Morris on “Going to the Heather”. There has been increasing interest in heather honey, and our honey tasting night had a number of comb and run honey samples including those from Dave and Finbarr.
The talk will cover preparing and moving colonies as well as removing the crop and presenting the heather product.
On the first or second Saturday beginners first look inside a live hive at the associations apiary in Kinsealy.
Thursday 3rd May 2018
Members’ Beekeeping night. Members will be able to raise their beekeeping problems and relate their beekeeping experiences. As this is normally the start of the swarming season some time will be spent discussing swarm management.
To facilitate beginners who are just starting-up, there will be a demonstration of hive and frame assembly.
There will also be an opportunity to discuss winter colony losses and to complete the 2017/2018 COLOSS returns.
Thursday 7th June 2018
A talk to be announced.
The Annual Beekeeping Summer Conference will take place in Gormanston from 12th to 17th August 2018, further details Please visit The Federation of Irish beekeepers web site for information on the course.
On the Saturday 8th April 2017, beginners first look inside a live hive at the associations apiary in Kinsealy,
the hives had plenty of brace comb
on the crown boards, packed with ivy honey.
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 2018 course is oversubscribed and is now closed. There are limited places available (our volunteers
give freely of their time to support) unfortunately we cannot accept further expressions of interest for the next course.
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 Events page).
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 email@example.com.
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.