News & Events

Our next Committee Meeting will take place at Seamist House in Clifden at 20:00 next Friday 28th September.

Many thanks to Rod and Sheila for offering to host this meeting.

We are pleased to announce that we now have Nucs from our Association apiaries for sale for the special price of €180. These Nucs contain young queens bred in Connemara from prime quality Native Black Bees (Apis Mellifera Mellifera). (Please note that €180 is for the bees only. You can choose between transferring the bees and brood into your own hive or purchasing the nuc box for an additional €20.) For enquiries, you may contact me, Ken Figgis, by telephone at 095 41092.

Click here to read a recent article in The Irish Times, about the study:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/irish-honey-among-world-s-healthiest-study-finds-1.3615937#.W4_YE2lFbR4.mailto


Cumann Beachairí Chonamara were delighted to be awarded €1,000 by the SSE Páirc Gaoithe Community Fund 2018, towards our Community Education Programme. Two of our representatives attended the presentation on the 15th of August in Oughterard Community Centre to accept the cheque on our behalf. We are most grateful for this. Míle buíochas!

Lock up your Bees?

Sean Devaney of Galway County Council emailed our group regarding Treatment of Invasive Plant Species along the N59. “We are about to undertake the 3rd year of treatment of Invasive Plants along the N59 in County Galway. The treatment is planned for next week (w/c 20/08/2018) but it will likely be the Wednesday or Thursday before it starts.”

Healthy Beekeeping in an Urban Environment

Click here to read the article:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/sep/28/swarm-alert-slovenias-rapid-bee-response-team-in-action


An Beachaire now available online

Dermot O Flaherty the manager of An Beachaire has announced that all current 2018 issues of An Beachaire magazine are now also available in digital format on FIBKA's new website: irishbeekeeping.ie

If members register on the new website they will be able to read the January, February, March, April, and May issues. All other magazines for the rest of 2018 will be made available online in this manner for registered members

Our Monthly Lecture for Members took place on Sunday 8th April, at 2.00pm in the Boat Inn, Oughterard. Helen Mooney from Ballina BKA, who has studied bee genetics and diseases, gave an excellent Lecture and Demonstration on how to check for Nosema in your bees using the microscope. We had the opportunity of preparing slides from a sample of dead bees and  then checking these for Nosema. Helen was focusing on Nosema in particular because of its prevalence in our bees this year. She advised on the necessary procedures to cut down on its spread in our apiaries. Click here to view:

Na Beacha - Airteagal Paddy Ó Fiannachta

Tá bliain eile curtha tharainn againn, an tríú bliain fliuch i ndiaidh a chéile, aimsir nach raibh feiliúnach do dhaoine, d’ainmhí ná go na beacha. Níor tháinig aon tseachtain tirim as a chéile ó dheireadh Bealtaine ach mar sin fhéin rinne na beacha a ndícheall agus bhí toradh maith go leor ar a gcuid oibre agus tuairim is 30 punt meala i ngach coirceog. An scéala is fearr faoi na beacha i mbliana, dár liomsa, ná go bhfuil an bheach dúchasach, Apis Mellifera Mellifeara, ag leathnú amach ar fud Chonamara ar fad agus i mbliana iad tagtha chomh fada le Muighinis i gCarna, Leitir Móir, An Trá Bháin agus Baile Chonaola agus tá scéalta maithe ag teacht ar ais ó na beachairí a bhfuil siad acu. Taispeánann sé seo dúinn gur fiú go mór an phóir seo a choinneal ag imeacht agus is fiú go mór an t-iarracht a dhéanamh iad a scaipe ar fud na tíre ar fad. Tá an-mholadh á fháil ag an mhil freisin agus tuairiscí dearfacha ag teacht ar ais chugainn. Tá an-tóir ar an mhil fraoigh, an ghnáth mhil agus ar an mhil ón eidhneán agus daoine ag rá go bhfuil sé ag déanamh anmhaitheas go deo dhóib ó thaobh sláinte de agus é ag cuidiú le daoine a bhfuil fadhbanna scamhóga, boilg, craicinn agus go leor rudaí eile acu. Tá ard-mholadh ag dul do Choiste Chumann Beachairí Chonamara a raibh bliain an-ghnóthach acu agus an tuafás oibre déanta acu. Is láidre muid nuair a sheasann muid ar fad le chéile agus go mba fada buan an cumann.