BEE SWARMS can be collected free of charge by the Association.
Phone any of the following numbers
086 0634662,
086 1003784
086 6039133
086 2445528.

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This book is a long awaited reference for all serious beekeepers. In the pages John McMullan sets out the explanations and pictures of bee diseases that beekeepers everywhere will come across, clearly and concisely. Importantly from within these pages a good beekeeper will be able to make that first assessment and possible diagnosis.
The text is referenced to the latest peer-reviewed scientific papers. The twelve pages of bibliography are a treasure trove of references that contain a small library of information that the ardent beekeeper can refer to.

The book is available at the FNDBA club nights ( See Events page).
Also Ben Harden, Northern Bee Books or

Note the new address for Bee Disease Diagnostic Service.

Sampling for Disease:

The beekeeper should send samples of bees - in the case of adult diseases, and comb - in the case of brood diseases, for disease diagnosis. This is the only reliable method of disease detection. Currently there is NO fee for this service. Send your samples to:

Bee Disease Diagnostic Service
Dr Mary F Coffey
Teagasc Oak Park Research Centre

Remember to include your Name and Address for return information. In order to test for adult bee diseases, a sample of 30 bees is required. The sample can be collected in a match box by partly protruding the tray, holding it nearly flat over the bees, on the crown board or at the front entrance, and drawing it back with a sweeping movement. Bees can be killed by placing them in the freezer for 24 hours before posting. Label each sample showing apiary, hive number together with your name and address. On no account should plastic containers be used as the bees decompose rapidly in these containers.
If the beekeeper suspects any of the brood diseases are present in the hives then, the full frame containing suspect brood from the hives should be sent also in a paper container. The sample should contain sealed, dead and/or discoloured brood if possible. It would assist diagnosis if the cappings were not damaged (ie squashed in the post).

Beekeeping in Sweden Presentation - Thursday 12th September 2019

(Left to right) John McMullan FNDBA Honorary Secretary, Paul Keane FNDBA Member and Honorary Consul General of Sweden, His Excellency, the Swedish Ambassador to Ireland Lars Wahlund, Anna Wahlund and Mick Moyna FNDBA Chairperson.

At our September Members night we were treated to a wonderfully informative talk on Beekeeping in Sweden. The speakers were His Excellency, the Swedish Ambassador to Ireland Lars Wahlund, his sister Anna Wahlund and Rolf Eriksson.
The presentation was led by Anna who described the regions of Sweden and the challenges of keeping bees in the different climatic conditions of those regions, the main types of bees kept, the various hives utilised and the interactions with the local Bee Inspector to comply with legislation. Anna's hives are located about one hour south west of Stockholm and as well as showing us beautiful photographs of the local countryside we got to view a super movie Anna and Rolf created to show us the components of the very unusual (for us) hives they use.
A very interesting and enjoyable talk culminated in a tasting of Swedish honey and pollen from Anna's hives followed by lots of questions and discussions over tea and coffee.

Annual General Meeting

At our AGM on Thursday 4th October 2018 the following members were elected: Chairperson: Mick Moyna; Deputy chairperson: Emma Finn;
Hon.Secretary: John McMullan; Hon Treasurer: Kevin Proctor.
Committee: Paula Butler, Michael Kelly, Gordon Hempton, David Morris,
Zheng Xie (Jen), Aengus Gordon.
Membership Secretary/Course Organiser: Paula Butler*
Auditors: Seamus Connolly, Emma Finn;
Librarian: John Thorp.
*Paula undertakes the function of Member Communication and Beginner Course administration.

At North Dublin Beekeepers “Honey Tasting Night”, on Thursday 2rd November 2017, is now established as an annual event.
Once again it was a very successful and enjoyable evening, with over fourty members attending. Not only did members bring a jar of their own golden honey, some members also brought other products.
There were over twenty jars of honey to be sampled. The honey was all shades from light golden colour to almost black, from the forage of the gardens and fields in the county. All the honeys sampled had their own distinctive flavour.
A sample of Swedish honey was also tasted.

At the Association barbeque on Saturday 1st September 2018

The Queen at the Fingal Show.

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