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Gormanston Summer School 2006

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 Federation Of Irish Beekeeper's Associations 

Irish Beekeepers Summer Course 2006

 Monday 24th July to Saturday 29th July 

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At the... Franciscan College Gormanston, County Meath
Guest Lecturer:  Richard Ball Devon UK.

Richard started beekeeping 1n 1984 by helping out a small time bee farmer in Sussex. When hooked he started his own apiaries, rapidly becoming involved in migratory beekeeping.
He was active within his local Bee Keeping Association, becoming secretary. On retirement from a previous career in 1995, he was appointed as a National Bee Unit Seasonal Bee Inspector with responsibility for Surrey and Sussex.
In 1999 he was appointed Regional Bee Inspector for the southwest region and moved to Colaton Raleigh in Devon.
Following the discovery of pyrethroid resistant varroa mites he has attempted to raise awareness of integrated pest management for varroa and other disease control.

Philip McCabe, Claire Kehoe and Norman Walsh Demonstration in progress

Course Manager:  Eddie O'Sullivan
Assistants: John O'Donoghue,  Sean Barrett,  Christine Grey,  Sally Maxwell

Monday 24th July Evening meal at 5pm
Official opening at 7pm, followed by Cheese and Wine Reception
Evening Meal will not be served after 6pm on Monday

Micheál Mac demonstrating  

Lecture Streams:  Advanced,  Intermediate,  Preliminary
Workshops:  Beeswax,  Microscopy,  Morphometry,  Hive Making,  Queen Rearing

Swimming, Tennis, Golf, National Honey Show, Annual Congress

Map showing Gormanston in relation to Airport and Ferries How to get to Gormanston

Ferries from England arrive at Dublin (North Wall) and Dun Laoghaire (Dun Laoghaire to Dublin is 9 miles). Foot passengers should travel to the Central Bus Station, Store Street, Dublin, and then by bus (Normal Service) to Gormanston. Do Not use the Express Bus Service because it does not stop at Gormanston. Ask to be let down at 'The Huntsman Inn' which is only a few hundred yards from the back entrance to the college.

Take train from Connolly Station to Balbriggan Station and a taxi to Gormanston College.
Please note that the College is quite a distance from Gormanston Train Station.

Car Drivers approaching from Dublin use the new motorway to Belfast and take the slip road for Julianstown/Drogheda South. Turn right just before The Huntsman Inn and proceed for about a mile. The College gates are on the right.

Dublin Airport
Gormanston is about 20 miles from Dublin Airport on the road to Belfast. A special bus will leave the airport for the college at 4pm Monday and a return service will leave the college at 1pm on Saturday.
Board the bus in the Airport Coach park to the left of the passenger exit.
Intending bus passengers please notify Michael Woulfe when making reservation.
The service bus from Dublin to Drogheda calls at the Airport. Ask to be let down at 'The Huntsman'.

Sleeping Accommodation

Cubicled dormitories. En-Suite rooms may be available if cancellations occur. List of B&B Accommodation in the area available from Convenor.
Beekeepers opting for B&B should make reservations with proprietor of the chosen accommodation.


En-Suite rooms€310
€10 reduction if paid before 30th June,
Children under 13 yrs 15% reduction
Additional B&B (if required)€24

Non Residents Attending:

Lectures Only€11
Lectures, Lunch & Evening Meal€32
Lectures & Lunch€19
Lectures & Evening Meal€24
Evening Meal€13
Please note day rate will be charged for any stay less than a week.

Send reservation form with deposit or full fee to

Michael Woulfe,
Railway House,
County Cork.

Tel: 00353 (0) 21 4631011
Email: via Eddie O'Sullivan

Closing date is Friday 21st July 2006 Cheques payable to F.I.B.K.A.

Cancellation to reach course Convenor at least 7 days before opening day otherwise no refund.

Residents will supply their own soap and towels, bed linen and blankets will be supplied.

Editors Note... The flier also includes a tear-off reservation form for 2006, I have prepared a web version that can be printed out, filled in and then mailed to Michael Woulfe, along with your payment.

If you wish to exhibit in the Honey Show, please apply to Honey Show Secretary for Schedule,
Mr Redmond Williams, Tincurry, Cahir, County Tipperary, Tel + 353 (0) 52 42617

Originated... 14 to 17 December 2005,
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