NIHBS Membership

2019 annual membership is 25 Euro and includes 4 copies of the Four Seasons magazine.
Join now via Paypal or use your credit card to become a member for the first time or to renew an existing membership.

If you want to renew membership via the membership form, it can be downloaded here
if you want to make a donation to NIHBS at any time you can do it here

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NIHBS Conference Athlone 1st – 2nd March 2019

Conference Flyer


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DAFM Horticulture Grant Scheme for beekeepers

Click the link below for info on the DAFM Grant scheme.  It has been tailored specifically to beekeepers.

This Scheme is intended to assist in the development of the commercial horticulture
sector, including beekeeping, by grant aiding capital investments in specialised
buildings and equipment.
The Scheme is now open to applications for proposed investments. For beekeepers
the investment proposed must be at least €2,000 (excluding VAT) and approved
investments will need to be completed by 27th September 2019. Grant aid will not
be considered for works which commence before the issue of the respective letter
of approval by the Department.
In the case of beekeeping items funded previously under this Scheme have included
hives (excluding frames and bees), vapourisers (to apply Api-bioxal), honey
extraction, storage and jarring equipment as well as honey houses (both new and

Details here


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Galway Beekeeper’s invitation to Bee na G

Galway Beekeepers’ Association / Cumman Beachairí na Gaillimhe will be hosting several speakers and microscopy workshops as part of our Bee na G convention in the Connacht Hotel in Galway City on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2018.
We would like to invite any interested members of NIHBS to attend on the occasion; and we hope NIHBS could occupy one of our promotion areas. We would also appreciate if you could spread the word amongst your members of this interesting event.
The following are the relevant links for information about the event

Bee na G Speakers

Gearóid Ó Fathaigh


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Western Beekeepers in association with Zoology NUIG, Autumn Lectures 2018

A most interesting day of lectures on the honey bee and beekeeping. Our guest speaker is Mrs Celia Davis. Celia has a degree in Agriculture, was a Biology Teacher and Lecturer and began keeping bees in 1980. She passed all the BBKA beekeeping examinations, winning both the Robert Hammond award and the Wax Chandler prize before gaining her National Diploma in Beekeeping in 1994.

Sat 22 September 2018

10:30 – 18:30

Martin Ryan annex MRA201 Building

National University of Ireland Galway

University Road


Book here

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SICAMM conference report

NIHBS was represented at the recent Sicamm conference in Finland by Helen Mooney and Peter Neary

NIHBS will be hosting the 2020 conference in Ireland

A detailed report of the conference is available here

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SICAMM conference Abstracts

Abstracts from the conference are available here


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Connemara workshop Sunday 1st July

A Bee Improvement workshop will be held in Sean Osborne’s (near Moycullen) apiary on Sunday 1st July.
We will also include a beginners section so all beginners welcome.
Bring your beesuit and gloves as many hives may be opened for long periods.
Time 2 pm  Sunday 1 July
Directions;  From Galway, on the N59 about a mile out from Moycullen take a right for
Keep an eye out for the bee signs

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Bee improvement day Naas Sunday 8th July

Bee Improvement Workshop on Sunday 8th July at 2:00pm


Venue: Apiary at Ladytown, Naas, Co. Kildare


Entry:  €5  – in aid of NIHBS Bee Research Fund


Email for directions:

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Voluntary conservation areas

Several local associations have already made a voluntary declaration to work exclusively with our native Irish honeybee.

Derry and district BKA last night voted to become a voluntary conservation area for Amm. Other groups to have done the same this year are; Co Offlay BKA, North Kildare BKA,  South Kildare BKA  and South Laois BKA.

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John Summerville bee improvement workshop 17th June

John Summerville is holding a Bee Improvement workshop on Sunday 17th June at 2.00 p.m.
Venue:  Apiary at Clonminch, Tullamore.
Email for directions

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