The welfare of our locally adapted honey bee is paramount to its survival.
  • Potential new therapy for allergic reaction to honey bee stings. Every beekeeper gets asked, "do you get stung? Does it hurt?" Every beginner asks "how often do you get stung?" Many year 2 and 3 beekeepers report increased swelling and itching that lasts for days, after a sting. Although this reaction can disappear during the following years, it is a warning sign. Aside from poor handling and more pronounced defensive behaviour in hybridised bees, beginners also need to know the risk of getting multiple stings early on in their beekeeping years, and the associated risk of anaphylaxis. Immunotherapy is available, but it can take up to three years. In date Epi-Pens must be carried if the beekeeper is showing signs of an allergy. There may be a less cumbersome ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2021, 2:46 PM by Helen Mooney
  • Ireland participates in the latest advances in developing Molecular tools for genotyping Honey Bees One of the reasons for membership of FIBKA or IBA is to ensure the Irish beekeepers are represented at European level when research grants are allocated. Irish scientists regularly participate in collaborative research across Europe and have produced excellent stand alone data on the genotype of our locally adapted dark bees.  Although some of the papers are very technical, there is no doubt that the data is readily shared via our irish beekeeping magazines and press release, which, again, are only available to members of the Federation of irish Beekeepers Associations (FIBKA) or the Irish Beekeepers Association CLG (IBA CLG).Here we include the citation and abstract of the latest collaboration, involving Dr Mary Coffey (UL and Dept Agriculture) which ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2021, 3:24 AM by Helen Mooney
  • Let's just start right here in February Welcome to 2021. January has passed and already the many varieties of local willow are showing their white furry buds.  Some hazel catkins are in blossom and bees are taking full advantage of the rare dry sunny days.  Life goes on inside the colonies and here is wishing everyone a productive year with healthy bees and beekeepers.  We are not conducting any beginners courses this year but thankfully, local clubs have all made arrangements and you can get in touch with them individually through the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations (FIBKA, www.irishbeekeeping.ie)
    Posted Feb 5, 2021, 9:29 AM by Helen Mooney
  • No honey show? No problem-time to finally perfect a moisturising beeswax hand cream Beekeepers are never stuck for a job related to their beekeeping.  Some are more pleasant than others and this time of year can be dominated by endless cleaning of equipment as well as rendering old beeswax.  But a more pleasant job is preparing beeswax cappings for use in candle making, other products for the show bench such as blocks or cakes of wax, and conditioning creams for wood or for humans!  It took a couple of years believe it or not, what with sourcing recipes, reading the right books, perfecting the art of preparing very clean wax, sourcing ingredients, clearing the honey house to make way for cream making and packaging in a clean room environment, to finally being able ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2020, 9:42 AM by Helen Mooney
  • Summer 2020 Summary- A Picture Tells a Thousand Words
    Posted Sep 13, 2020, 4:06 PM by Helen Mooney
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