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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.
COUNTY LOUTH BEEKEEPERS' ASSOCIATION
Membership is now due: 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. The fee for an adult is €80, discounted to €70 if paid before 30th December.
There are a number of ways to pay:
Secretary's contact details
The secretary's contact details are:
"An Tigin", Knockacleva, Collon, A92 VK70
Details for our beginner's course for 2019 have not been completely finalised yet. The first lecture will be an introduction, and the course proper probably starts the following week. The introductory lecture will be on 5th February, 2019 at 8pm in An Teagasc, Dundalk.
Classes will take place every Wednesday, 9 classes in total. The course will be delivered by a team of experienced beekeepers. If you are interested please email the secretary. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
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.
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.