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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!
Asian hornets have really become a problem in the UK, with seven sightings in 2018 and four nests destroyed, in Hampshire, Corwall, Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Please make yourself familiar with this invader since unfortunately it's only a matter of time before it gets to Ireland.
As part of Science Week 2018, Louth Libraries are organising a number of events, all well worth attending. One of the events is "Bee Wise" run by Dr. Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda. This is being held inDundalk Library on Thursday 15th November @ 11 a.m. This will cover Irish bees, the honey bee, beekeeping, the properties of honey, etc. This talk would suit potential beginners - if you're interested in taking up beekeeping, or know someone who might be interested, come along. Eoghan is a qualified Bee Master and extremely knowledgeable on the subject. It's likely that these will be very popular, so booking in advance is important.
It's that time of year again
Our AGM is in a few weeks and we'll all have to start paying our membership dues soon afterwards. The online store will be updated to allow online payments. Remember that this needs to be paid before the start of the new year to ensure that you receive all the issues of An Beachaire, and that you're continuously covered by insurance.
Secretary's contact details
The secretary's contact details are:
"An Tigin", Knockacleva, Collon, A92 VK70
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.
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.
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.