Officers for 2018. Elected at AGM 10/2/2018

Chairman Gerard Coyne
Secretary Loretta Neary
Treasurer Pat Finnigan
Membership Colm O’Neill
Editor of The Four Seasons Tom Hayden
Fundraising Officer
Munster Regional Co-ordinator Micheál MacGiollaCoda
Webmaster Jonathan Getty
Leinster  Regional Co-ordinator John Little
Connaught Regional Co-ordinator


Sean Osborne
Ulster  Regional Co-ordinator Lyndon Wortley


33 Responses to Contacts

  1. Karl Lawless says:

    I am a member of NIHBS and planned to expand my few hives with a queen from Michael Mc Giolla Coda, due to arrive in august. However I am now without any hives – all died over the winter. Can you suggest a source for 2 nucs ? I am living in straffan, co.kildare. Thanks. Karl.

  2. Jonathan Getty says:

    Hi Karl.
    If you are a member of a local Beekeeper Association, that would be my first port of call.
    Some members may have a nuc or two for sale.
    Losses have been heavier than usual this winter so it may be difficult to source a nuc in the short term.

  3. Karl Presch says:

    Hi. My name is Karl Presch & i am a member of NIHBS &County dublin beekeepers.
    Can you please let me know if you have any Queen Rearing courses in July 2014 please.

  4. webmaster says:

    Keith Pierce would be the best NIHBS contact in the Dublin area.

  5. Catherine Redmond says:

    My son has started transition year and would like to complete a project relating to the native Irish bee which he and his team hope to submit to the Young Scientist. He has started beekeeping himself this year and is very interested in the whole process. I would be very grateful based on your experiences in NIHBS if you could suggest areas where he could focus the project. I am more than happy to have him contact you and your colleagues. It’s a great opportunity for the school to gain a better understanding of our native creature and hopefully produce some value information and analysis.
    Regards and thank you

  6. webmaster says:

    Any NIHBS people out there please lend a hand.

  7. Rob says:

    Hi, I’m looking to buy Oxalic acid in Dublin City centre, could people recommend anywhere..


  8. Peter Jennings says:

    Didn;t know where else to put this message so here goes.
    I have recently discovered what I think is a hones bee colony livine ina cavity in an old
    tree trunk in my back garden. I live in Finglas, Dublin.
    Am happy to have to have them there! Is there anything I should know?!?


  9. webmaster says:

    Just leave them to their own devices.
    Feral colonies like this don’t usually last long due to the varroa mite.
    Have you got a photograph of the bees?

  10. webmaster says:

    I get mine on e-bay as a dihydrate powder and make it up as as need it.

  11. Keith Browne says:

    This is for Peter Jennings. Hi Peter, I am conducting research into the honey bee in Ireland. Although I’m based in Galway I’m up in Dublin regularly and would be interested in seeing the colony the next time I’m up. Can you contact me at please. Thanks.

  12. David Neald says:

    Wondering if u have a contact form someone who could remove a hive from our house, near to Tramore. My nr. 086 054 9977

  13. webmaster says:

    Do you mean a hive in the garden or bees inside a cavity somewhere on the property?

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  15. Brendan Connors says:

    I have a colony of bees recently established in my roof space, they having found a break in a soffit ventilator that I was’nt aware of. I can access the roof space where they are coming & going via a hatch in my upstairs side walling should I wish. A beekeeper I know (in Germany!) tells me they’ll do no harm – I’m happy enough to leave them once I have the correct information. I live in west Waterford, in case the location is of any interest. Having found the NIHBS on-line, I’m sending off a membership application & looking forward to The Four Seasons arriving. I can forward a photo if of any interest also.

  16. webmaster says:

    A photo would be of interest.

  17. webmaster says:

    Hi Brendan. from the photo that looks like a honeybee.

  18. Anne Marie Redmond says:

    Hi. Not sure if I’m asking in the right place but I’m looking for some advice. I have bees in my front garden,I’m not sure if it’s a swarm, I can’t see any hive but there’s alot of bees in and around the hedge. I’m not sure what is the best thing to do? I live in an estate and have a small yard with a lot of children nearby so do want the bees to move on if possible! I would appreciate any advice you could give me. Thanks, Ann Marie.

  19. webmaster says:

    Can you send a picture. They are most likely bumblebees. A honeybee swarm usually moves on after a few hours and they don’t make nests in hedges or under the ground like bumbles.

  20. Simon says:

    Hi I’m looking to source a local bee keeper in the lusk rush skerries area of final co Dublin to buy honey for my children’s allergies and hay fever as I have read articles which say this is a great natural way to combat the affects.

  21. webmaster says:

    Try the health food shops. They often stock local honey.

  22. Ciaran hughes says:

    I am looking for 1 or 2 Queens of native black bees.
    Who do you recommend

    Ciaran Hughes

  23. Kieran says:

    Hi how can I order mated queens for spring 2016/2017.kieran here

  24. webmaster says:

    Contact Aoife Nic Giolla Coda or one of the other queen producers directly. Aoife or Coolmore are probably your best bet.

  25. David Bolton says:

    I wonder if anyone has been assessing the natural capacity of bees to live with and manage varroa with a view to selecting resistant strains – or going further and actively not treating, taking the risk in losing colonies with the long term aim of having varroa resistant bee populations?

  26. webmaster says:

    Many have tried that and most tend to lose their colonies over and over again. The survival rate is not that high over a two year period.

  27. Ed says:

    David, exactly what you say is possible. Put simply, you allow for losses each year and then repopulate the losses with the surviving hives. This builds in the genetic resistance over time. Yes you lose weak hives, strong ones survive… but this is how nature works.

    Medicating hives is not the way forward, it is a crutch and not sustainable.. and I guarantee this will be shown to be the case by future generations
    Many will argue otherwise but this is because many have commercial interest with short term gain mentalities. We need to preserve the native bee, selectively breeding resistance to varroa and other ailments.

    Other examples are the unnecessary feeding of sugar syrup to bees over winter.. Native, acclimatised bees should not need this if managed correctly and allowed an adequate supply of their own produce…honey.

    BTW, thanks to all the hard work done by members of NIHBS to keep this great cause alive.

  28. webmaster says:

    Unless you have a large number of colonies you most likely lose all of them so there are no survivors left to repopulate with. A better approach is to look for colonies more capable of dealing with varroa such as those with VSH trait. Selective breeding can then take place from these.

  29. David Bolton says:

    Thanks for all your comments. It’s scary taking the plunge but I do accept that we need to move beyond propping up bees artificially as we only do them a disservice in the long term – making the honey bee unavoidably dependent upon Beekeepers for its survival. Taking a non interventionist approach will need a change in management. Experience over the past three years with long hives and less intervention, plus a few other things points to a different style of beekeeping if this approach is to work and if we are to see ‘the survival of the fittest’.

  30. Barry Ryan says:

    Hi, I live in Clifden Co Galway and I have noticed a bee hive in an neighbours house over the past few years. The owners of the house no longer live in the house but are set to return at some stage. It would be a pity to lose the hive as I know the issues we are having with the native bee. Is there anything that can be done to relocate the hive? As they access through a small crack in the wall? And the house will be finished/plastered wen they return

  31. webmaster says:

    Established colonies like that are very difficult to remove.

  32. Ciaran McAlinden says:


    I am beginner bee keeper in County Down, I have had a couple of hives before with varying degrees of success. I am now exclusively and desperately looking for a nuc of native Irish bees, I know a couple of experienced beekeepers in the area and they neither have nor know anybody who has native Irish bees. So my question is

    Does anybody have any Native Irish nucs for sale?

  33. David Butler says:

    Hi, I have some denatured sugar left over from a government subsidy scheme some 30 years ago. After a long spell of being without bees, I have just got two wild swarms and am feeding them with shop sugar.
    Question is, would it be safe to feed the denatured sugar at this stage? It looks ok ,with a slight rust colour through it. Thanks in anticipation.

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