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Friday 28th

Registration of patrons from 7.15 am.

(Patrons are requested to be seated 5 minutes before the scheduled starting times of lectures)


Callan Hall Auditorium – 50 minute sessions (including introduction & questions)

8 pm Welcome & Introduction

8.30 am Opening of FIBKA Summer School’23 by Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Marine.

9 am Norman Carreck: Forage in Agriculture and urban environments E

10 am Dr Mary Coffey: Honey bee health status in Ireland and how beekeepers can help improve the situation A

11 am Professor Julia Jones & Dr Darren O’Connell: Report on National Irish Apiculture Survey applying innovative analysis technologies. E

12 noon Controlling varroa in Irish Beekeeping – Speaker to be confirmed. A

1 pm Lunch break

2 pm Dr Noa Simon Delso: The impact of pesticides and chemicals on honey bees. E

3 pm Norman Carreck: Climate change and bees A

4 pm Solicitor & Beekeeper Paul Keane: Beekeeping and the law E

5 pm Honey adulteration via zoom lecture from South America with Dr Norberto Garcia A



9 am Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda: Observations of disease resistance in the Native Irish Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera E

10 am Professor Grace McCormack: Recent research findings on Apis mellifera mellifera, (A.m.m.) A

11 am Norman Carreck: Exotic pests that threaten Irish beekeeping E

12 noon: Zoom talk from Viktoria Bassani & Mathias Lundgren CEO of E-Sense Sweden AB about a major European Survey on natural honey provided by primary producers (small local beekeepers) A

1 pm Lunch break

2 pm Dr Noa Simon Delso: How can Irish beekeepers influence EU pesticide legislations? A

3 pm Tom Prendergast on Swarm control techniques E

4 pm Trees for bees: What should we be planting for bees on our farms and public places? A

5 pm Norman Carreck: Citizen Science for beekeepers- the INSIGNIA Project. E


Tutorial Room

Friday & Saturday

Follow-up Q&A’s with speakers after each lecture session

Tea & Coffee available at 10.30 am & 3.30 pm


Lecture Room 2 – Introduction to Beekeeping Course & Practical Workshops

Friday 29th

9 am  Natural history of the Honey Bee with Michelle Merne – B1

10 am Workshop 1: Preparing Honey for sale & show (John Donoghue)

12 am The working of the Bee Colony with Brian McElvanney – B2

Lunch break

2 pm Products of the hive with Orla Devane – B3

3 pm Beekeeping equipment TBA – B4

4 pm Workshop: Managing your wax with Pauline & Jim Ryan



9 am workshop:  Wax products, candles, sculptures etc. with Jim & Pauline Ryan

11 am Honey Bee health with Simon Rees – B5

12 noon Workshop: Beekeeping – health & safety techniques & procedures with Joe Blount

1 pm Lunch time

2 pm Workshop: assembling frames with Mairéad & Michael Love

3 pm Bees and the environment with Mary Montaut – B6

4 pm FIBKA’s role in apiculture, in the community & global context with Karin Stierle  – B7

5 pm Presentation of certificates by FIBKA President.


Pugin Hall – Food

Friday 28th

7 am Breakfast

1 pm Lunch

7 pm Social evening – Finger food & refreshments

8 pm Awards ceremony

9 pm Table Quiz


Saturday 29th

7.30 am Breakfast

1 pm Lunch

1.30 pm Presentation of Honey Show prizes

Sunday 30th

Breakfast 8 am


FIBKA Enquiries (office) & National Irish Honey Show Room

Friday morning – Mounting of entries

Friday afternoon – Judging of exhibits

Saturday morning – Viewing of exhibition

Saturday 4 pm – Presentation of Honey Show Trophies by Mr Lorcan Burke – An Bord Bia.


Trade exhibitors Room

Friday  open 10 am to 7 pm

Saturday open 10 am to 3 pm


Poster Display

Demonstration of project work from Students from NUI Galway and other educational and research institutions


Microscopy Laboratory in Callan Building on the North Campus

Saturday 29th

8.15 am – Assemble in Laboratory in Callan building (North Campus)

9.00 am Introduction & preparation – Teresa Redmond Maynooth University

10.00 am Morphology – Dr Helen Mooney, University of Galway

11.00 am Tea & Coffee

11.15 am Pests & diseases – Dr Helen Mooney, University of Galway

12.30 am Lunch break




Sunday 30th

9 am Breakfast

10 am Live bee demonstration in Campus apiary

12 noon Workshop: Drone congregation with Michael Gleeson

2.30 pm Study Tour: Queen rearing with Colm of NIHBS at his apiary.


5 pm Finish