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.
Two association apiaries are maintained in the county, 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.
Our beginners' course starts on 7th February and provides an introduction to beekeeping - for more details click here. This would be an ideal Christmas present for that someone in your life who has an interest in bees but doesn't know where to start.
We plan on running a microscopy course in the new year but have not finalised the details yet. Watch this space ...
Honey Show 2017
We held our annual Honey Show on 18th November and it was both entertaining and informative, thanks to Michael Young - see a few photos here.
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
Christmas Party (Past Events)
We are having our annual Christmas Party on Thursday 14th December, 2017 at 8pm in Scoraíocht Lann Léire Hall, Barn Road, Dunleer. Admission €10. Hot and cold buffet will be provided and there will be a raffle. Feel free to bring a prize for the raffle and we would appreciate if it could be wrapped. Noelle Douglas is kindly donating a hamper for 1st prize in the raffle on the night, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Oesophageal Cancer Fund, a charity a family member of one of our members is involved with. Also there will be a short film on beekeeping on the night.
This is always a very enjoyable evening for members to meet in an informal setting. Please let the secretary know if you can attend as the caterer requires an approximate number.
Annual membership fees are due. Unfortunately we were forced to increase the cost this year to €80. However, if you pay before 31 December 2017, you get a €10 discount! You can pay online here (there's a €5 service charge), or you can pay any committee member, or you can send a cheque to the Secretary (contact details below).
In order to be compliant with the new data protection legislation, it's necessary for every member to fill in and sign this form. Please print and sign it, and send it to the Secretary (contact details below) who will send it out to all members anyway. There will also be forms available at the Christmas Party (see above). Note that you cannot receive An Beachaire until you have agreed to share your address with FIBKA, so it's really important that this form is with FIBKA before January!
The secretary's contact details are:
All lectures start at 8pm in Teagasc, Dundalk. Beginners are welcome and admission is free. See the map below if you need help finding us.