Irish Beekeepers Association CLG (IBA) is a democratic and egalitarian organisation established in 2017 to support Irish beekeepers and the bees they keep. Our mission is to promote beekeeping for all and to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where every beekeeper feels respected and valued.

We foster environmentally sustainable beekeeping, offer affordable group insurance cover and internationally recognized qualifications, and support relevant apiculture research. Join us in increasing public awareness of the importance of honey bees and pollinating insects in our environment. The IBA clg is supporting the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.

Irish Beekeepers Association CLG (IBA) Committee

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News and Articles

Book Review: Bee Books for Children

‘ABC’s of Beekeeping’ – by Roda Shope. Full colour, children’s book. Published by & available [...]

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Honey Cookies Recipe

METHODS: Melt the butter and honey gently. Remove from heat and stir in the rolled [...]

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BIBBA by Stephen Barnes

BIBBA was formed originally as the Village Bee Breeders Association (VBBA) on 27th July 1963 [...]

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Trees and Shrubs for Bees by Matt Keane

There are many reasons why people choose to plant and here at Future Forests, we [...]

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Christmas Forage & Fodder by Edward Hill

Commenting on forage is difficult as there is little available even if your bees are [...]

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Ten of the Best by Declan Magee

I’m a gardener who keeps bees – or vice versa. When I’m asked to name [...]

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Winter Seasonal Notes

January Periodically heft the hives to assess the stores and feed fondant if necessary, avoid [...]

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Blackwater Honey

Blackwater Honey were co-founded by brothers Andrew & John Shinnick who hail from the parish [...]

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