There is a long history of bee keeping and CDB hives in the Neary family, as Peter’s late father, a founder member of Mayo Beekeepers in 1978, got his first colony in the mid 50’s.

Peter completed his academic education in NUIG and as an adult has always been self-employed. This afforded him the opportunity of travel to East Africa where he established a community development, self – empowerment group, in Uganda right on the equator. This project involves bee keeping with Apis mellfiera Scutellata in top bar hives secured in Rwanda. To fund this project Peter travelled to Saudi Arabia, teaching English to young Arab men in what is reputed to be the world’s largest inland oil field at Al Ahasa Eastern Province. While there, he was invited by Dr. Abdulaziz S. Alqarni to the bee keeping research station at King Faisal University in Al Ahsa. He also flew to Najaran on the border with Yemen and witnessed at first hand local traditional Arabic bee keeping using Apis mellifera jemenitica, and tasted the famed honey from the the Sidr tree, also known as Jujube or Christ's Thorn. 

Nearer to home Peter revamped and relaunched the local honey show securing sponsorship and rebranding it as The West Awake Honey Show. It is now rotated among the bee keeping  clubs in Mayo. He is passionate about the introduction of school children to the world of bees, bee keeping and pollination.

Bee Breeding/Queen rearing
Training beginners.
Diseases of the honey bee
Former member of the FIBKA Education Committee.
Former member of Native irish Honeybee Sociery committee.

Other topics of interest include:

Honey bee genetics

Microscopy for beekeepers

Selective breeding

Preparation of honey and wax for show

Candle making

Formulating beeswax moisturisers

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Moy Valley Bees
Co Mayo
F26 R6X9

Phone:  087 458 5101
Phone:  087 758 4835