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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.
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.
Asian hornets in the UK!
An Asian hornet has been confirmed in the UK - full details here. Be vigilant since Lancashire is only just the other side of the Irish Sea.
Note that anyone with an interest in bees is welcome to attend our lectures, not just members of LBKA.
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.
Do you want An Beachaire, insurance and lectures?
Those of you who have not paid your membership will have realised by now that you have not received An Beachaire. Worse, you are not covered by insurance for your honey or your bees! The annual membership fee of €80 is actually a good deal - the magazine & the insurance alone are worth more than that.
Also, there are some who have not sent in their data protection form: without this, we cannot process your membership since you're effectively saying to us that we may not store your address. This is a simple form, with your contact details and the agreement to store these so you can receive the magazine in the post. Your Eircode (or Postcode) is also essential - it's required by the Post Office to process the labels, and the insurance people need it too.
If you want to pay your membership fees (€80), or send in the form, please post to the secretary, or you can contact the secretary by phone or E-mail (see below for details). And, of course, you can also pay online - click on "Store" above.
Secretary's contact details
The secretary's contact details are:
"An Tigin", Knockacleva, Collon, A92 VK70
News and External Events
Looking after your bees
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.