Lecture Wed 08/02/2023 Preparing Honey for sale and for show

John Donoghue will be  in Dunhill Education Centre this Wednesday 8/2. to talk to us about Preparing Honey for Sale and for Show

Admission is free for members and €5 for non members.

John Donoghue started beekeeping in the early 1970s. Exhibiting at Honey shows since 1976 and won first prize for cut comb honey at the national honey honey Show in London in 1979  Qualified as a Honey judge in 1992 and has judged at shows at home and abroad since including the world Honey Show at Apimondia in Dublin in 2005 and Montreal in 2019 John lectures regularly on practical beekeeping at home and abroad.

Blessing of the Apiary on 20/08/2022

Many who attended the opening formalities were impressed by the ecumenical blessing delivered jointly by Rev’d Christine O’Dowd and Fr Richard O’Halloran PP.
‘Almighty God,
You hold all creation in the palm of your hands; You possess the heavens, the earth and all that is them. 
You compassionately grant unto all created things that which is beneficial for them. 
Therefore today we ask: 


As in ancient times You granted the Israelites a land flowing with milk and honey, and as you were well-pleased to nourish John the Baptist in the wilderness with wild honey, so now by Your good pleasure and caring for our sustenance, bless the beehives in this apiary.

Greatly increase the number of bees in them, preserve them by Your grace, and fill us rich with honey. Let none of these beehives which You have fashioned be deprived of bees, but let them always be filled with honeycombs of honey. 
And according to Your great benefits and invincible might, let them be kept free from all danger. Rather, fenced round about by Your all-powerful might, let them always remain unharmed and do what you created them for.


Through Christ Our Lord.