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

An overview of the season to date. (December 2016)

We have come to the end of another beekeeping year. In general bees came through the winter 2015/16 with strong colonies. Winter mortality was about average, at 16 per cent (per COLOSS returns), with about half due to queen problems. The late spring in 2016 meant a slow build-up, but honey crops appear to be about average, with oilseed rape yielding well and reasonable late flows from white clover and bramble. The flow from ivy from September to November 2016 was exceptional in most areas, helping to produce those critical ‘winter’ bees that should stand the colonies in good stead in getting through the winter and well into the spring. Stores of over 25 kgs (55 lbs) have been recorded in some colonies.

Monthly Meetings
Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Association 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.

July 2017
Annual Beekeepers Conferences 2017
The Annual Beekeeping Summer Course will take place in Gormanston from 30th July to 4th August 2017, further details at irishbeekeeping

September 2017
Thursday 7th September 2017
Members’ Beekeeping night. Members will be able to raise their beekeeping problems and relate their beekeeping experiences.

October 2017
Thursday 5th October 2017
Annual General Meeting of North Dublin Beekeepers, and election of the committee.

November 2017
Thursday 2nd November 2017
North Dublin Beekeepers “Honey Tasting Night”. Has now become established as an annual event. Members bring along a jar of their honey for tasting and comment.

December 2017
Thursday 7th December 2017

Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Annual Christmas Dinner, details later.

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

The annual beginners’ course is run by FNDBA during February and March each year, registration for the 2018 course will open in October - November 2017.
This course is intended for beginners and is also an opportunity for existing members to update their beekeeping skills.
This is the only beginners course run by the FNDBA club.
Goto Irish beekeepers  web site for other association course listings.

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. In the association apiary in Kinsealy on Saturday 13th May 2017, at 2p.m.
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,

Subscriptions for 2017 are now due, as already advised through recent correspondence. Send a cheque to the Hon. Treasurer, Kevin Proctor, Lissenhall Little, Swords, Co. Dublin. Membership for the year 2017 is €45, which includes copies of An Beachaire, affiliation fee and insurance premium. Family membership is €60. Cheques should be made payable to the Association. Please note that a member’s insurance is only effective from the time payment is made and receipt given, and that late payment will result in some of the issues of An Beachaire for 2017 not being posted.

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