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Public Lecture Wednesday 12th February 2020

Our next EWBA lecture is on Wednesday 12th February at 7pm in Dunhill Education Centre

The Lecture title is:

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020: Lessons learned and looking to the future.

The Lecturer is:

Dr Una Fitzpatrick, The BioDiversity Centre, Waterford

Una will also be discussing how beekeepers can contribute to the plan.
Úna has a Ph.D. in botany. She worked on a project on the conservation of Irish bees before joining the National Biodiversity Data Centre in 2007. She is responsible for the plant, vegetation and pollinator work programmes of the Centre.  She is the chair of the steering group that produced the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 and oversees its implementation.
This lecture is for members and is also open to the public.
There is no charge.
The Eircode for Dunhill Education Centre is X91 FVF9, and directions are as follows:
From M9 Waterford/Dublin Motorway (Alternate route via toll bridge)
Continue from M9 following signs for Cork via toll bridge (car charge €1.90) – Take the next exit after the toll bridge, signposted Waterford IT, Waterford Crystal, Tramore.  Follow the road going straight through the roundabouts until you come to the Butlerstown Roundabout  – Take the third exit, signposted N25/Cork and follow this road past Whitfield Clinic until you see signs for Tramore Seaside Resort and Copper Coast Geopark on your left and on the junction a sign for Dunhill Education & Enterprise Park. Take the left turn on this crossroads. Continue straight out for 2.8 miles where you will meet a small crossroads with Dunhill Education & Enterprise Park signposted, take the right-hand turn. Continue on this road for 3 miles where you will meet Pairc Ui Bhain(Dunhill GAA Park) on your left and Dunhill Ecopark on your right. Enter the Ecopark. Continue down past the first building. Turn right and park along the front of the second building. Dunhill Rural Enterprises and Dunhill Multi-Education Centre are in through the small conservatory on the left-hand side of the building and up the stairs. There is also parking at the rear of the building.

FIBKA Regional Meeting and Training 8th February 2020

For EWBA Members and other Munster Association Members

Southern (Munster) Workshop

Date: Saturday 8th February

Location: Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Speaker/s                                 Topic

Michael Maunsell CFL          Bee Genetics

Tom Prendergast CFL           Preparing for the Season Ahead

Those interested in attending please contact the Secretary at 0862064919 to arrange carpooling.

 


Christmas/Birthday Vouchers

If you would like to give someone a gift to attend our Introduction to Beekeeping Course or for Membership of our Association please contact me Anne Marie Fogarty at 0862064919 and we can arrange a gift voucher for you.


2020 Membership Subscriptions now Due

EWBA Membership Fees for 2020 are now due.

You are fully insured for your Beekeeping activities through membership and you get your monthly copy of the beekeepers’ magazine An Beachaire.

Your membership provides for attendance at all lectures free and insures you for visits to the Apiary.

People cannot attend the Apiary if they are not EWBA Members for purposes of Insurance.


Lecture Nov 13th 7pm Roanmore GAA Centre

We are trying a series of Mini Lectures this month.

The idea is to have some of our own members tell us about something that they have found useful and that may be of interest to other members.

It also gets us used to giving a talk to groups.

Each lecture will be approx 20 minutes and there will be time for questions.

Lecture1..A Kerry Man’s Method of Swarm Control..Anne Marie Fogarty

Lecture 2..Queen Rearing using An Incubator..James Maher

Lecture 3..Keeping Bees on a Roof in an Urban Environment..Peter Fitzgerald


AGM 23rd October

The AGM for members of EWBA will be held in the Roanmore Centre at 19:00

It would be great to have as many members as possible present.

Nomination Forms have been sent out.

agenda and Reports to follow.


Lecture 18 Sept 2019

Our first lecture after the summer is on Wed 18 Sept in the Roanmore Centre at 7PM

The lecturer is Jim Ryan from Thurles. Jim is a beekeeper with 35 years experience and was former chairman of North Tipperary Beekeepers’ Association. Jim is currently the chairman of Galtee Bee Breeder’s Group

The topic is Wintering the Bees, looking back over the summer, preparing for winter and looking forward. Jim brings some of his own unique experience to the topic.

Jim is an interesting speaker and we hope to see many members on the night.

Our chairman Willy O’Brien will give a presentation on the Leader Funding project also.

Be thinking of topics/workshops you would like us to organise also.


Next Apiary Demonstration is on 21 August 2019 at 7PM


Apiary Demonstration Tuesday 15/07/19

Meet at 6:45 pm Ballygunner Church Carpark


Gormanston Summer School for Beekeepers 12 – 16 Aug incl.

 FIBKA Gormanston Beekeepers’ Summer School  runs Monday 12th August until Friday 16th August .
It is for Beginner, Intermediate and Senior Beekeepers or anyone wanting to learn more about beekeeping and to improve their knowledge of beekeeping.
It is a brilliant week with an array of speakers and demonstrations and there are lots of social events also. You will get talking to beekeepers from Ireland, England and further afield and everyone is willing to share their information There are plenty field demonstrations planned where you will need your beesuit.
You will find several suppliers of equipment there also.
You don’t have to go for the week. You can go for a day or two. The food is also good!
The draft programme is now on the FIBKA website at  https://irishbeekeeping.ie/beekeeping-summer-school-gormanston-2019/#drafts  . Have a look at the programme to see what is on offer. You don’t have to stay within any one category. You can pop into any lecture Room or Demonstration that suits you. You may have to register for some limited ones beforehand.
You could also enter the honey show and the draft guideline are there also. A visit to the Honey Show is interesting to see all the exhibits
It really is a great week and I strongly encourage you, if you can at all, to take at least one day there.
If interested contact Michael Gleeson at gormanston@irishbeekeeping.ie