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.
We now have Gift Vouchers available for the Beginners Course, 2020 (€100) and for Membership 2020 (€70 if before 31/12/19 and €80 if after 1/1/2020). If you would like to buy one, please contact the secretary.
NOTE: Changed time for introductory lecture
We held an Apiary Day for potential beginners a few months ago which was well attended. We have also since had a large number of people sign up for the beginners class. Because of the numbers, we'll hold two beginners courses this year. We'll first hold an introductory lecture at 7:30pm on 28th January in Teagasc, Dundalk, and the course proper will start on 4th February in Teagasc, Dundalk or in 11th February in Teagasc, Drogheda. Please register your interest as soon as possible since we may have to limit numbers if the classes get too large. You can, of course, also book the course in our online shop.
For more information see here.
Looking after your bees
You can pay your 2020 membership whenever you like. Remember that you get insurance, 12 copies of An Beachaire, online copies of BBKA News, access to the association apiary and the learning opportunities there, as well as the monthly lectures, so it's a real bargain.
The fee for an adult is €80 (or €70 if paid before 1st January). There are a number of ways to pay:
News and External Events
The breaking news section has news on:
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: email@example.com, or through the contact form.