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Welcome to the County Louth Beekeepers Association (LBKA) website
Originally founded in the summer of 1910, our association works on behalf of member beekeepers, providing opportunities to learn the craft and science of beekeeping. Equally important, we provide a social outlet for members to meet with fellow beekeepers - opportunities to share tips and tales. We are blessed to have many excellent beekeepers who are always willing to share their knowledge and experiences.
Our association is committed to supporting the native dark bee, Apis mellifera mellifera.
We are affiliated to our national body, the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations (FIBKA). We provide our members with classes and support to attain FIBKA academic and practical certifications.
The Kevin Griffin apiary is located near the M1 roundabout at Junction 16, where members can come and gain practical experience through the beekeeping year.
We also hold regular lectures on all aspects of beekeeping. Members and interested non-members are always welcome to attend.
Bees for Beginners
We plan on making sure we have enough bees for all beginners this year. Please do not go out and purchase bees from another source without asking us whether they might be appropriate.
It appears that some beginners have sourced bees which are likely to be a cross between Irish Black Bees and Buckfast. This will have an dreadful impact on the bees in Louth - these bees will become very cross in a couple of generations and if they hybridise with other unsuspecting beekeepers' bees, they too will become vicious.
In Louth we have worked hard to ensure that the bees here are pure Irish Black Bees, both to preserve a critical natural resource and to prevent nasty hybrids, and doing something like this can undo all this hard work. So before rushing out to buy bees, please ask to ensure they're the right bees.
News and External Events
Membership is way, way, way overdue! If you have not paid, you are no longer covered by insurance and you have not received An Beachaire.
The fee for an adult is €80. There are a number of ways to pay:
As most of you probably have heard, one of our members, Philip McCabe, President of Apimondia, passed away on 20th October.
On Saturday, 6th April, we held a tree-planting ceremony in An Grianán in Termonfeckin, when a tree was planted in his memory. There are some photos on the event page.
Despite his busy role with Apimondia, Philip was always generous with his time to all beekeepers, and has spoken many times at our events. The photo below is of him talking to our 2018 beginners' class. His passing is an enormous loss to beekeepers, not only in Louth, but across the globe.
All lectures start at 8pm in Teagasc, Dundalk (see map). Beginners are welcome and admission is free. See the map below if you need help finding us.
This website is a work in progress, if members have interesting articles, stories, pictures, videos etc. that they'd like to submit for inclusion, please get in touch. We would be delighted to publish a blog post from anyone who has something to say. If you would like to share something but you're unsure about any aspect, we'll be delighted to help where we can. You can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the contact form.
Looking after your bees