Mr Gerry Ryan, President of the Federation of Irish Beekeeper Associations will give a talk on the Federation. If you have a question to put to Mr Ryan, can you please send it, in advance to the Secretary using the contact form.
February 2018 - TABLE QUIZ: Date to be confirmed
Last years table quiz was very much enjoyed by all who attended. We are planning another this February and hopefully we will be able to give a date and location soon. Just the thing for a February evening.
Monday 26th February 2018 -Planting for Bees: Mr Dara Kilmartin
Mr Dara Kilmartin will give a talk on planting your garden.If you are wondering what assistance you might be able to give to all types of Bees in your own garden, this talk will be well worth being at.
Monday 12th March 2018 -Spring and Summer Management: Mr Philip McCabe
Mr Philip McCabe will give a talk on the Spring and Summer Management of your colonies. As we are now entering the busy Spring and hopefully a productive Summer seasons it is time to think about how you are going to manage your bees. Whether you have only 1 or 2 hives or loads, you will learn something form Philip.
Monday 16th April 2018 -Swarming: Mr Keith Pierce
Mr Keith Pearce will give a talk on Swarming. Whether you like it or not, swarming is how a honeybee colony reproduces. You might not be able to stop it, but there are many things you can do to control it whether you intend to increase you colony numbers or just stay as you are.
Monday 14th May 2018 -Queen Rearing: Mr Eoghan MacGiolla Coda
Mr Eoghan MacGiolla Coda will give a talk on Queen Rearing. Having a spare queen or two in reserve is something all should consider. Queen Rearing need not be a black art and can even be used to help control swarming.
Monday 18th June 2018 -Autumn treatment and Preparation: Mr Michael Maunsell
Mr Michael Maunsell will give a talk on Queen Rearing. We should be just about to have a lovely productive and warm summer!. But it is not too early to be thinking about what will need to be done as August approaches. Preparation of our colonies for winter is the most important task of the beekeeper.
SUMMER 2018 - OUTINGS
After a very successful trip to the Phoenix Park last summer the plans are being made for this years outing. The chances are that we may repeat the Phoenix Park outing as well as having a second one which should take us further afield. Details will be published here as we get closer.
AUTUMN 2019 -
Plans are in place for the Autumn. Of course, we will be having our Honey Show, and the Committee is looking at what else might be organised.
Spring 2019 - Beginners Course
The 2019 Royal County Beekeepers beginners courses will start during February 2019. The course will be held in Navan. Further details will be available here when available. Please contact the RCBKA secretary to reserve a place or for more information.
Tuesday 7th November 2017 - AGM
The 2017 Royal County Beekeepers Association Annual General Meeting took place in Teagasc on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 8pm. Minutes will be published by the committee in time.
Sunday October 8th 2017 - Royal County Honey Show
The Royal County Honey Show took place in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co.Meath. Thank you all for your support Results will be published soon.
Sunday September 24th 2017 - Honey Show Preparation
Michael Gleeson started by gdiscussing Show Schedules and continued by explaining the various class available at Honey Shows. He further discussed the ideal jar to be used for showing run honey. After tea and sandwiches a workshop developed on judging honey. Everyone took the opportunity tasting and comparing the various honeys that people had brought. To end it Michael showed a Frame of Comb honey which he graciously cut up for all to take a sample home. Of the honey's sampled..... Michael's own Ling honey was deemed by all to have been the 'best in show'. No wonder he does so well! Hopefully the talk / workshop will encourage more to enter our own show in a few weeks time.
Monday September 11th 2017 - Honey Show preparation (Cancelled due to FIBKA Congress)
Paul Boyle was to give a talk on preparing for the upcoming Honey Shows. Unfortunately we had t cancel.
Monday August 14th 2017 - Feeding
Eamonn Magee gave a talk on feeding our bees, both in Spring and Autumn, as well as emergency feeding. He also covered the various feeds that could be used, as well as the feeders and techniques that are utilised.
Monday May 8th 2017 - Disease
John McMullan gave a talk on disease
Monday April 10th 2017 - Swarm control
Being the time to be thinking about how we are going to deal with our bees during the swarming season. He doesn't breed swarmy bees but Eoghan MacGiolla Coda still knows a thing or two about swarm control.
Monday March 13th 2017 - Making honey mead
David Lee gave a talk on making honey mead. Having brought all the equipment up from Cork, the only difference was the water. Enjoyed by all, especially the tasting!
Spring 2017 - Beginners course (5 weeks)
The 2017 Royal County Beekeepers beginners courses will start during February 2017. There will be a course running in Navan and another in Kells. Both courses will cover 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 when the weather picks up, meet the bees. During the active beekeeping season there will be 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 includes annual membership to RCBKA and FIBKA, insurance for beekeepers and and years subscription to An Beachaire the Irish Beekeeper magazine.
The course in Navan Education Centre, will start on Tuesday February 21st at 7.30pm. The second course will commence on Monday 27th February and will be held in the Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells (7.30pm). Please contact the RCBKA secretary to reserve a place or for more information. *Note there the Kells course will not be held on Monday March 13th as this clashes with the lecture in Navan on making honey mead.
Friday March 3rd 2017 - Table Quiz
Come along for a good nights craic and socialising with your fellow beekeepers. The quiz-master has promised plenty of non bee related questions! Venue is the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan. Commencing at 8pm
Monday February 13th 2017 - Flora for bees
Eugene Higgins will present what promises to be a very informative talk on flora relating to bees. Venue is the Teagasc Offices, Dublin Road, Navan. Commencing at 8pm
Monday January 16th 2017 - Reaction to stings
Dara Kilmartin will give a talk on reaction to stings. This one could be a lifesaver! Venue is the Teagasc Offices, Dublin Road, Navan. Commencing at 8pm
Wednesday 7th December 2016 -varroa treatment lecture by Dr. Mary Coffey
Dr. Mary Coffey will give a talk on winter treatment for varroa. Talk will take place in the Teagasc building, Kells road, Navan at 8pm.
Tuesday November 8th 2016 - RCBKA AGM 2016
RCBKA AGM will be held in the Teagasc offices, Kells rd, Navan at 8pm.
Sunday October 16th 2016 - The Royal County Honey Show
The Royal County Beekeepers Association will be holding their Honey Show on Sunday the 16th October in the Ardboyne Hotel, Dublin Road, Navan.
Sunday September 11th 2016 - The Phoenix Park Honey Show
On Sunday next the 11th of September the 2nd Phoenix Park Honey Show will take place. With 26 classes there is something to suit everyone, junior, novice and experienced beekeeper. The wide range of classes caters for both liquid and comb honey, wax, honey cakes, biscuits, mead, candles, photographs and art.
Wednesday February 24th 2016 - Beginners course (5 weeks)
The 2016 Royal County Beekeepers beginners course will start on Wednesday the 24th February 2016. It will consist of five evening sessions held in the Education Centre, Athlumney, Navan, Co Meath for approx. 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The course will cover 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 includes annual membership to RCBKA and FIBKA, insurance for beekeepers and An Beachaire the Irish Beekeeper magazine.