All member activities deferred due to Covid-19.

We are sorry to say that in the interests of Health and Safety all our public meetings, courses and Apiary Demonstrations are cancelled until further notice.

The committee is continuing to have meetings via Zoom every fortnight and work is progressing on the Apiary Site In Dunhill.

The Ballygunner Apiary is being managed by the Apiary Team.

Report from FIBKA Regional Workshop 08/02/2020

Report from FIBKA Regional Meeting/Workshop

Date: 08/02/2020 Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown

Attendance from EWBA:

  • Donal Lehane Vice-Chair
  • John Cunningham, Education Officer
  • Josephine Hickey
  • Anne Marie Fogarty, Hon. Sec.


  • Paul O’Brien, FIBKAPresident
  • Michael Maunsall
  • Tom Prendergast

Paul O’Brien : FIBKA Update

  • FIBKA now moved to a CLG (Company Limited by Guarantee)
  • Executive reduced from 25 to 7 members
  • Established 7 Boards of Management
  • Saved €10k by foregoing the National Ploughing Championships.
  • Annual survey is now on-line and resulted in a saving of €4k on paper/postage
  • Moved to new accountants and saved €2k
  • Identified office space in Athlone with a view to buying/renting
  • Developed a new Constitution, a copy can be had on request

Management Boards

  1. Education, 5members
  2. Scientific, 8 members
  3. Native Bee, 4 members, Peter Walsh Chair SKBA is a member
  4. Youth Development, 5 members
  5. Publicity, 6 members
  6. Finance, 3 members
  7. Summer school, 3 members, John Cunningham EWBA is a member

Financial Status

Membership                      Income                 Expenditure


3557                                       290,000 265000


3100                                       260,000 241000

Michael Maunsell: Bee Genetics

Michael gave a very interesting scientific talk explaining in detail bee genetics, some relevant terms, how genes determine everything i.e. the bee’s developmental characteristics, appearance, and behaviour.

We learned that the greater the drone genetic diversity the stronger our colonies will be, how genes determine the difference between bees and other organisms, that drones carry different genes for a variety of bee traits, and because of multiple mating bees in a colony will have different fathers and therefore workers influence within a hive will vary genetically in terms of pollen/nectar gathering, queen rearing, larval care, hygienic behaviour and swarming…which is good.

We also learned that genetically diverse swarms establish new colonies faster, build more comb, and have high foraging levels and gain weight better.

Genetics are affected by in-breeding thus the need for a diverse drone population. Inbreeding results in queen problems i.e. low egg production, reduced lifespan, reduced drone fertility and reduced flight activity.

Diverse genetics are crucial to colony strength. The greater the genetic diversity of our bees, the greater the health, the build-up and the productivity.

Tom Prendergast: Preparing for the season ahead

Tom, gave a very practical lecture and asked us to decide “What is it that we want from our Bees”.

  • ? Maximum Crop.
  • ? Chemical free bees.
  • ? A few pots of honey for the family.
  • ? native Irish Bees
  • ? Selling Nucs

He said that deciding what we want decides how we are going to plan the coming season.

Tom talked about

  • The need to preserve the wood in our apiaries, stands, floors, boxes, roof etc
  • Closing up dead hives quickly to prevent robbing. Assess the colony and sterilise all parts
  • Heft hives and feed fondant in winter, watch Nucs, Feed syrup after 17/03 if needs be.
  • Monitor for Varroa with OMF.
  • Reasons for bad colonies: Bad queens, disease, varroa, lack of pollen, lack of forage, BEEKEEPER bad practice.
  • Replace poor Q’s in April.
  • Have 1 Nuc for every 2-3 colonies
  • Give space. Add new foundation at the dandelion flow.

In summary: Work with your bees. Don’t keep poor colonies or queens. Keep the Apiary clean and tidy. Feed during the winter and check for disease in spring i.e Nosema, AFB, EFB. Keep a few spare queens and have Nucs to replace poor performers.


Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2020

The Honey Bee Colony, Lifecycle, Occupants of the Hive, Roles within the hive, What bees collect and why. Plus siting an Apiary the Hive parts, How many hives do you want/need, what equipment  you need, protective clothing, the beekeepers year. If you would like to attend, please complete our membership  Application form which is available under the Membership tab on the website or email Anne Marie.


Preparing Honey for Sale and for Show

Preparing Honey for Sale and for Show is a lecture that will given by Dennis Ryan of South Tipperary Beekeepers’ Association on Wednesday 8th April 2020. The event is free to members and €5 to non-members. All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

Spring Management and Building Up Stocks on Oil Seed Rape

East Waterford Beekeepers' Association Meeting
Subject Spring Management and building up stocks on Oil Seed Rape
Speaker Irene Power
Date 8th Jan 2020
Venue Dunhill Education Centre, Dunhill Ecopark, Dunhill, Co Waterford

Our first lecture for 2020 is on Wednesday 8th January at 7pm in Dunhill Rural Enterprise Park, Dunhill Ecopark, Dunhill, Co. Waterford.

This is the new venue for our lectures going forward. The most direct access is to come via the Tramore Road passing Orchardstown Garden Centre. Follow the signs for Dunhill and the park is on your right opposite the GAA grounds.

Our lecture will be given by Irene Power. Irene is a very experienced lecturer and has lectured in many counties and countries on various beekeeping topics and comes from a family steeped in beekeeping.

Mini Lecture Series – November 13th 2019

East Waterford Beekeepers' Association Meeting
Subject Mini Lecture Series
Pat Crowley The Benefits of changing Frames Regularly
James Maher Queen Rearing using an Incubator
Peter Fitzgerald Keeping Bees on a Roof in an Urban Environment.
Notes A series of 3 x 20-minute mini-lectures will be given by EWBA Members.

A series of 3 x 20-minute mini-lectures will be given by EWBA Members

Lecture 1

The Benefits of changing Frames Regularly i.e Bailey Frame Change…by Pat Crowley

Lecture 2

Queen Rearing using an James Maher

Lecture 3

Keeping Bees on a Roof in an Urban Environment…by Peter Fitzgerald

Apiary Demonstration Notice

Apiary Demonstrations are solely for EWBA members and are not public demonstrations.

Apiary rules must be followed for all Apiary visits.

Demonstration Dates will be posted as soon as we can continue our Education Programme


Calendar 2019

November 13th

Mini Lecture Series

A series of 3 x 20-minute mini-lectures will be given by EWBA Members

Lecture 1..A Kerry Man’s Method of Swarm Control…by Anne Marie Fogarty

Lecture 2..Queen Rearing using an James Maher

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

October 23rd


September 11th

Looking Back at the year and Overwintering our Bees..Lecture By Jim Ryan North Tipperary Beekeepers Association

April 10th

Topic..Making a Nuc/Increasing your Stocks…Lecture by Tom Prendergast former Apiary Manager South Tipp Bees
Introduction to Beekeeping Course

20th & 27th March and 3rd April 2019 7- 9 pm each evening.

Go to Courses and Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2019 in the Home page for more details and for a course application form.

March 13th.

Topic..Common Diseases of the Hive and Treatments…Lecture possibly by Eleanor Attridge, FIBKA Bee Health Officer.

Feb 13th.

Topic..Spring Management..Lecture by Eamonn Magee, Dublin Beekeepers Association

Jan 9th.

Topic..Winter/Spring Jobs in the Apiary & Preparing Honey and other Bee Products for Sale and for Show.
Lecture by Tom Prendergast former Apiary Manager South Tipp Bees