Mayo Beekeepers' Association


The Mayo Beekeepers' Association is a close-knit community of beekeepers dedicated to the support and growth  of  the beekeeping community in the West of Ireland.   We meet formally on the first Monday of each month to provide comment and debate on a range of topics.  We support our members by providing lectures, a beginners’ beekeeping course, a library, beekeeping demonstrations, discounts, insurance and access to honey extraction tools. For newcomers, and old hands wanting a refresher, you can take a look at the Mayo Beekeeper Introduction to Beekeeping in the Club Library here. Our members play an important role in FIBKA, the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations.  This is our home on the web and we welcome your participation.

Club News

  • From coughs to cakes: why honey is the bee’s knees From The Guardian Online Wedensday 5th September 2018:  Honey should be your first line of treatment for a cough – but don’t just reach for it when you have the ...
    Posted Sep 5, 2018, 6:53 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • New pesticides may harm bees as much as existing ones – study Ability of bumblebees to reproduce, and rate at which colonies grow, compromised by new sulfoximine-based insecticides.more here:  The Guardian Thursday 16th August 2018Bumblebees thrive in towns ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2018, 12:04 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Bees, Hornets and Wasps of the World A correspondent, Chris Owens, has alerted us to a great resource, "Bees, Hornets and Wasps of the World".  There's a link in our Online Resources section too.  Chris is ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2018, 8:58 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • FIBKA Congress 2018 The following documents have been made available in preparation for the FIBKA Conference 2018 -  (the files are attached below).  Comments and suggestions please to be relayed via our Secretary, Jude ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2018, 12:41 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Trump administration lifts ban on pesticides linked to declining bee numbers Published without comment (!)......    From The Guardian 4.8.18.   Environmentalists say lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects."..... The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2018, 11:39 PM by Tim Birdsall
  • Registration requirements: Primary Producer of Honey The Mayo Beekeepers Association is indebted to club member, Kieran Kennedy, for drawing our attention to the  legal requirement to  register as a Primary Producer of Honey as set out ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2018, 4:37 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Moy Valley Bees at SICAMM, Finland Peter Neary and Helen Mooney of Moy Valley Bees are just back from SICAMM (Societas Internationalis pro ConservationeApis melliferae melliferae) 2018, Mustiala Agricultural College, two hours north of Helsinki, in ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2018, 2:11 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • New member: help wanted - Aclare region A brand new member to the club has requested some assistance in transporting her first hives a short distance to her property in Aclare, on the Sligo/Mayo border.   If ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2018, 12:42 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar in full flourish in Rathlee! Reports of the death of the Cinnabar Moth caterpillar have, to coin a phrase, been greatly exaggerated (© Mark Twain).  Zoey Lally sends us this beautiful shot of the black and ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 1:09 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Mayo Public Participation Network Newsletter June 2018 The 26th edition of the Mayo PPN is available - click here to take a look. If you have any suggestions for content in upcoming editions, please email office@mayoppn ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2018, 12:37 AM by Tim Birdsall
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Upcoming Events

  • West Awake Honey Show 2018 : Saturday 13th October 2018 This year's West Awake Honey Show is being run by the Ballyhaunis Beekeepers Association.  Members of the Mayo Beekeepers Association are invited to attend and exhibit.Venue: GAA Centre ...
    Posted Sep 5, 2018, 7:33 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Western Beekeepers Autumn Lecture, September 22nd 2018, NUI Galway The Western Beekeepers Alliance Autumn Lecture will take place at NUIG on 22nd September 2018.Associations are strongly urging members to all attend as future legislation and the insurance rules ...
    Posted Sep 5, 2018, 7:21 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Mayo Beekeepers Annual Event: Monday the 22nd of October, 2018, Dromore West Heads up!   Our main event for October is a series of talks headed by Keith Delaplane. This will take place on Monday the 22nd of October in the Community Centre ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2018, 2:46 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Next meeting: Monday 3rd of September 2018 Our next meeting will be on Monday September 3rd in the Teagasc Centre Ballina at 730pm sharp. We are very fortunate to have such an esteemed guest speaker as Jim ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2018, 4:14 AM by Tim Birdsall
  • Annual Beekeeping Open Day Gervase Padden is running his annual Open Day at 2pm on Sunday 22nd July.  The day features practical demonstrations of  queen rearing using a gender kit and the construction ...
    Posted Jul 4, 2018, 3:00 AM by Tim Birdsall
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