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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.
Asian hornets in the UK!
Asian hornets have really become a problem in the UK, with seven sightings in 2018 and four nests destroyed, in Hampshire, Cornwall, Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Please make yourself familiar with this invader since unfortunately it's only a matter of time before it gets to Ireland.
News and External Events
Looking after your bees
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.
Membership is now overdue. If you don't pay soon, you'll notice that An Beachaire will stop arriving. Also, as of 1st January, you are no longer covered by insurance!
The fee for an adult is €80. There are a number of ways to pay:
Secretary's contact details
The secretary's contact details are:
"An Tigin", Knockacleva, Collon, A92 VK70
Our beginners course is very popular this year, so we're run it in two locations in parallel. The first lecture in Teagasc, Dundalk is on Tuesday 12th February at 7:30pm, and the first lecture in Teagasc, Drogheda is a week later on Tuesday 19th February at 7:30pm. There will be 8 classes in total, delivered by a team of experienced beekeepers.
While most people signed up on our introductory lecture on 5th February, if you are interested please contact the secretary (details above).
The fee is €100 (or €105 online) which includes:
As most of you probably have heard, one of our members, Philip McCabe, President of Apimondia, passed away on 20th October.
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.