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.
Upcoming Events (Past Events)
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.
Looking after your bees
Special event at the LBKA apiary
You are invited to a gathering to mark the placing of a seat in the Association's Apiary off the MI (now known as the Kevin Griffin Apiary) on Saturday the 23rd September, 2017 at 2pm followed by refreshments in Jackie's Bar and Restaurant, Old Dublin Road, Dundalk.
Kevin Griffin passed away on the 18th May, 2014 and is sadly missed in the Louth Beekeepers Association by all who knew him. He was an active member and was instrumental in getting the Association’s apiary off the M1 motorway (now called the Kevin Griffin Apiary) up and running . Kevin enjoyed beekeeping immensely and took great pleasure when his hard work and dedication was recognised by his peers for his time saving ideas. He won numerous prizes both locally and nationally for his honey and his beekeeping inventions! He was always on hand to help new members and was very pleased when they progressed to having bees in their own apiaries. He hosted a beginner’s introduction day at his house every year providing tea and sandwiches at his own expense and there was always great fun and hospitality there. He was very witty and loved the banter and craic and had a very optimistic attitude even when his health was failing.
The Association therefore decided that it would be a fitting tribute to Kevin to have a seat in the Apiary in his memory where he spent so many happy hours with the bees.
For directions, see the above map - it's the first left driving from the M1 roundabout towards the Institute of Technology, and it's the first gate on the left. Drive along the track to the apiary.
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