Welcome to Royal County Beekeepers Association website, founded over 10 years ago we are growing in strength and numbers each year. We have a large number of beekeepers in our immediate association, and over 130 members of our group are affiliated to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association.
Becoming a member of Royal County Beekeepers is a great opportunity to become part of a community, socialising with like minded people, who are interested in preserving the life of our honeybee and teaching this craft to you in a simple effective way, so that you too may experience the joy of keeping bees.
Sunday October 8th 2017 - Royal County Honey Show
The Royal County Honey Show will take place in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co.Meath. Exhibits start arriving 11:00 am Judging starts 14:00 pm Lectures start 14:00 pm 2 Lectures, One on Wax uses and the other on the Kenyan Project Results and Presentations 16:00 onward (will depend on number of entries)
Information for exhibitors: Show schedule and Entry form and further details may be obtained from Deirdre Phelan by clicking on the button below, 'Honey Show Organiser'
Beginners Courses:Our Association runs a beekeeping beginners course every spring, usually in Navan with another running in Kells if numbers require. The course runs over 5 evenings, followed by a number of workshop and apiary visits. The course covers subjects including an introduction to beekeeping, equipment,disease and pest control and honey production. This will be followed by a workshop day covering hive and frame assembly, the smoker, hive hygiene and if the weather is right meet the bees. During the active beekeeping season a number of visits to the apiary following the seasons work with the bees and a chance to do some hands on beekeeping. The cost of the course is €120 which includes annual membership to RCBKA and FIBKA, insurance for beekeepers and subscription to An Beachaire the Irish Beekeeper magazine. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come basis. Check our events page for the next beginners course dates and email or call our secretary to reserve a place.
Educational lectures are given throughout the year. Topics such as Swarm control and Prevention, Queen Rearing, hive Inspection, and even gardening for the bees are hugely interesting and informative. Lecturers from around the country provide these talks and it is a great learning curve for everyone who attends, not to mention the social aspect of the evening. These talks are held in the Teagasc offices, Kells road, Navan. Our beekeeping year begins and ends with a celebration, Arbour Day in March and our Annual Honey Show in October A calendar of events can be found on this site, and we will update it as we go through the beekeeping year.