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Gormanston Summer School 2004 Programme


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Tom Barrett, C.F.L. Foxrock, Dublin
Sr. Catherine, C.F.L. Ardee, Co. Louth
Philip McCabe, NatDipSc (Apic), Drogheda, Co. Louth
John McMullan, C.F.L. Malahide, Co. Dublin
Seamus O'Connor, NatDipSc (Apic) Armagh
Finola Walsh, C.F.L. Callan, Co. Kilkenny
Brian Millward, C.F.L. Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
Tim Kidman, C.F.L. Wirral, Cheshire.
Denis Horgan, C.F.L., Rathfarnham Dublin.


Tuesday July 27

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.30 - 10.30Hives & EquipmentPhilip McCabe
11.00 - 12.00Anatomy & Life History of a HoneybeeTom Barrett
14.30 - 15.30Beginning with BeesBrian Millward
16.00 - 17.00Pollen & Nectar SourcesSeamus O'Connor


Wednesday July 28

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.30 - 10.30Harvesting the Crop & Preparing Honey for SaleJohn McMullan
11.00 - 12.00Spring ManagementDenis Horgan
14.15 - 15.15Suburban BeekeepingTom Barrett
15.30 - 17.00* Outdoor DemonstrationSix Lecturers


Thursday July 29

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.30 - 10.30Choosing & Managing an Apiary SiteFinola Walsh
11.00 - 12.00Summer Work & Swarm ControlTim Kidman


Friday July 30

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.30 - 10.30Apiary Hygiene & DiseasesSeamus O'Connor
11.00 - 12.00Preparing Colonies for winterSr. Catherine


Saturday July 31

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.30 - 10.30The Beekeeping YearJohn McMullan


* Outdoor at Hives.



Patsy Bennett, NatDipSc (Apic) Teagasc, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Jim Ryan, NatDipSc(Apic) Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Willie O'Byrne, NatDipSc (Apic) Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Dennis Ryan, NatDipSc (Apic), Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
Ger. O'Donoghue, NatDipSc (Apic), Burnfort, Co. Cork.

Tuesday July 27

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.15 - 10.15Honeybee ExternalsWillie O'Byrne
10.45 - 11.45Beekeeping In the Active SeasonGer O'Donoghue
14.15 - 15.15Update on Varroa in IrelandDennis Ryan
15.45 - 16.45Queen Rearing on a small scaleJim Ryan


Wednesday July 28

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.15 - 10.15How to increase your stocksPatsy Bennett
10.45 - 11.45Honeybee InternalsWillie O'Byrne
14.15 - 15.15Beekeeping In Autumn and WinterGer O'Donoghue
15.45 - 16.45Comb Honey ProductionDennis Ryan


Thursday July 29

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.15 - 10.15Hive Products other than HoneyJim Ryan
10.45 - 11.45Heather Honey ProductionDennis Ryan


Friday July 30

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.15 - 10.15The Importance of NucleiDennis Ryan
10.45 - 11.45Honey Presentation for Sale & ShowGer O'Donoghue
14.15 - 15.15Beginning to End. Nectar & HoneyWillie O'Byrne
15.45 - 16.45Swarm Prevention & ControlJim Ryan




Clive De Bruyn, B. Sc., N.D.B. Bee Farmer, Tiptree Essex.
Claire Chavasse, NatDipSc(Apic), Cappagh House, Co. Waterford.
Patsy Bennett, NatDipSc(Apic) Teagasc, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Micheál MacGiolla Coda, NatDipSc (Apic), Glengarra, Co. Tipperary
Dr. Mary Coffey, An Teagasc, Carlow.
Colette Shannon, Trade Marketing Specialist "Bord Bia"
Dr. Jane Stout, Trinity College, Dublin.
Michael Gleeson, Enfield, Co. Meath

Tuesday July 27

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.00 - 10.0030 Years at ClonrochePatsy Bennett
10.30 - 11.30Maintaining Healthy BeesClive de Bruyn
14.00 - 15.00Research on Varroa Destructor in Ireland, UpdateMary Coffey.
15.30 - 16.30The Importance of PollenClive de Bruyn


Wednesday July 28

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
9.00 - 10.000! The Joys of Raising QueensClive de Bruyn
10.30 - 11.30Market Opportunities for Irish HoneyColette Shannon
14.00 - 15.00Blueprint for a Simple Beginners' CourseClaire Chavasse
15.30 - 16.30Exotic pests of A. mellifera in the UK. Those present & yet to arriveClive de Bruyn
19.00 - 20.00Bees other than Apis MelliferaClive de Bruyn


Thursday July 29

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.00 - 10.00Judging Honey for ShowM. MacGiolla Coda & M. Gleeson
10.30 - 11.30Forage for Bees, Past, Present & FutureClive de Bruyn.
20.00Nature WalkM. MacGiolla Coda


Friday July 30

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.00 - 10.00Getting the Maximum Return from our BeesPatsy Bennett
10.30 - 11.30Ten years of living with Varroa. Experience in EnglandClive de Bruyn
14.00 - 15.00Do native bees facilitate the invasion of alien plants? The case of "Rhododendron ponticum"Jane Stout
15.30 - 16.30The next 50 years. Some personal predictions?Clive de Bruyn.




June Hughes; Redmond Williams; Dennis Ryan; Ruary Rudd;
Michael MacGiolla Coda; Tom Barrett; Charlie Robinson; John Donoghue;
Sr. Catherine; David Lee; Albert Knight; Claire Chavasse.

Tuesday July 27

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.30 - 11.30Encaustic art (painting with a travelling iron)June Hughes.
09.30 - 11.00Microscopy. Dissection; Diseases; Pollen AnalysisR.Williams, Dennis Ryan & Ruary Rudd
11.00Making MeadDavid Lee.
11.00* Hive Records & EvaluationM. MacGiolla Coda & Liam Rice
14.00 - 16.00Queen RearingClaire Chavasse & Albert Knight
14.00 - 16.00Hive Records on ComputerTom Barrett
20.15Demonstration of Furniture PolishingC. Robinson & J. Donoghue


Wednesday July 28

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.30 - 12.00Make your own hives etc. with basic toolsJohn Donoghue.
09.30 - 12.30Microscopy. Dissection; Diseases; Pollen AnalysisR.Williams & Ruary Rudd
10.00Sugar Craft/Cake ArtistrySr. Catherine
11.00* Hive Records & EvaluationM. MacGiolla Coda & Liam Rice
14.00Drone Congregation AreasMicheál MacGiolla Coda
15.00 - 17.00Beeswax from Hive to Shop ShelfJune Hughes
15.00Making MeadDavid Lee
20.30Demonstration of Furniture PolishingC. Robinson & John Donoghue


Thursday July 29

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
09.30 - 12.00Encaustic art (painting with a travelling iron)June Hughes
09.30 - 12.30Microscopy Dissection; Diseases; Pollen AnalysisR. Williams, Dennis Ryan & Ruary Rudd
10.00Sugar Craft/Cake ArtistrySr. Catherine
11.00Hive Records on ComputerTom Barrett
20.00Demonstration of Furniture PolishingC. Robinson & J. Donoghue


Friday July 30

Time: Subject: Lecturer:
10.00 - 12.00Morphometry WorkshopM. MacGiolla Coda & Albert Knight
09.30 - 12.30Microscopy Dissection; Diseases; Pollen AnalysisR. Williams, Dennis Ryan & Ruary Rudd
10.30 - 12.00Hive Records on ComputerTom Barrett
14.00* Drone Congregation AreasMicheál MacGiolla Coda
14.00 - 16.00Make your own hives etc. with basic toolsJohn Donoghue
19.00 - 21.00Beeswax from Hive to Shop ShelfJune Hughes


* Outdoor if possible



PreliminaryFriday 14.00 - 14.30Written
PreliminaryFriday 15.00 -Practical at Hives
IntermediateFriday 09.30 - 12.30Paper 'A' - Practical
IntermediateFriday 14.00 - 17.00Paper 'B' - Scientific
AdvancedFriday 09.30 - 12.30Paper 'A' - Practical
AdvancedFriday 14.00 - 17.00Paper 'B' - Scientific
LecturerFriday 18.30(if required)
LecturerSaturday 09.30(if required)



BreakfastLunchEvening Meal



10.00 - 17.00RegistrationRoom 15
17.00Evening MealDining Hall
19.00Official Opening followed by Cheese & Wine ReceptionAssembly Hall


HONEY SHOW - Lecture Hall 2.


Tuesday09.30 - 12.00Honey Show Exhibits Accepted
Wednesday13.30Presentation of Honey Show Prizes. Followed by Opening of Honey Show



Wednesday11.00Selection of Honey Queen
Wednesday13.30Announcing Honey Queen



Wednesday18.30Registration of Congress Delegates followed by Congress. All are welcome.


Tuesday16.35Meeting of Panel of Examiners
Tuesday18.00Choir Practice in Church
Tuesday18.30Meeting of all BIBBA members
Tuesday20.15Meeting of Overseas Visitors
Wednesday08.00Annual Mass for Living and Deceased Members
Wednesday12.00Group Photograph at Main Door of College
Thursday14.00Coach Tour
Thursday18.30Executive Council Meeting
Thursday21.30Social Evening for All
Friday21.15Education Board Meeting
Saturday11.15Review of Course, Presentations and Closure.

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