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Gormanston Summer School 2007

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 Federation Of Irish Beekeeper's Associations 

Irish Beekeepers
Summer Course 2007

 Monday 23rd July to Saturday 28th July 

FIBKA Logo Bee Image copied from FIBKA Flier  

At the... Franciscan College Gormanston, County Meath
Guest Lecturer:  Margaret Thomas Essex, U.K.

In 1973, Margaret Thomas and her husband started keeping bees, in a hive donated by an elderly gentleman. Some years later, after active participation in beekeeping classes run by Ted Hooper at Writtle Agricultural College, Margaret gained the National Diploma in Beekeeping in 1982. Suburban beekeeping expanded into numerous out-apiaries on local farms, participation in the Essex Pollination Scheme (pollinating apples, pears, clover and field beans), and annual trips to North Yorkshire to put bees on the heather.

A long-serving member of the BBKA Examinations Board, she held the post of Moderator during the period of transition from the old examinations system to the new Modular System. After a sabbatical period has rejoined the Examinations Board and is currently Assistant Moderator. She tutors for the BBKA Correspondence Course.

Locally she runs beekeeping classes for beginners and winter classes based on the BBKA Modules. An active member of the Bee Farmers Association, she has served as Magazine Secretary and Spray Delegate and for the last four years has been the Pollination Secretary, facilitating the placement of over 1,000 hives for pollination, mainly in the Kent orchards, and more recently in the Eastern Counties of England on borage. Her main interests remain beekeeping education; rearing good quality, good tempered queens; maximising honey production, pollination and promoting bee health.

Philip McCabe, Claire Kehoe, Graham Hall, the other Margaret Thomas and Richard Ball at the 2006 Summer School, Photo... Michael Gleeson Demonstration about to take place, Photo... Michael Gleeson

Course Manager:  Eddie O'Sullivan
Assistants: John Donoghue,  Sean Barrett,  Pat Linehan,  Sally Maxwell

Monday 23rd 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, Photo... Michael Gleeson  

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.

Gormanstown College - Grid Co-Ordinates 53° . 37' N - 06° . 28' W
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 off at 'The Huntsman'.

Sleeping Accommodation

Cubicled dormitories. En-Suite rooms may be available if cancellations occur.
Only limited family accommodation available. Early booking advised because of reduced accommodation.
A 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€335
€10 reduction if paid before 30th June,
Children under 13 yrs 15% reduction
Additional B&B (if required)€26

Non Residents Attending:

Lectures Only€12
Lectures, Lunch & Evening Meal€35
Lectures & Lunch€21
Lectures & Evening Meal€26
Evening Meal€14
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 20th July 2007 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 2007, 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
Email: emwilliams@eircom.net

Originated... 01 September 2006, Original Photos Substituted... 04 September 2006, corrected... 17 September 2006, corrected... 06 June 2007,
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