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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Hotel buzzing as bee keepers come to town

David Looby

Published 10/09/2013|05:38

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THE BRANDON House Hotel in New Ross will be buzzing with excitement this Sunday as beekeepers from across the region swarm into town for the family friendly Celebration of the Honeybee conference.

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THE BRANDON House Hotel in New Ross will be buzzing with excitement this Sunday as beekeepers from across the region swarm into town for the family friendly Celebration of the Honeybee conference.

Everyone is invited to feel the buzz in the beautiful surroundings of one of Ireland's most environmentally responsible hotel venues, as Wexford beekeepers gather with neighbouring county associations to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of preserving and supporting our native honeybees.

This is the third year that the Celebration of the Honeybee is taking place and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Central to the programme is the sponsorship by the Brandon House Hotel of a hive and bees for one beginner beekeeper from each of the four Wexford associations. This sponsorship is a legacy of the late Paddy Quinn of the Brandon House Hotel who was deeply concerned with the threat to Irish honeybees, and the hotel, still operated by his family, has played an important role in publicising and supporting the programme.

If you have ever thought about keeping bees, don't miss this opportunity to speak to the experts in a friendly, relaxing environment. It's the ideal time to learn as the various associations hold lectures and classes on how to get started, what to look out for and how things work. They can advise on the nearest association where the new season's lectures will commence for the winter period. In late Spring, new members can see for themselves at their local association apiary what is required. Protective suits are provided. The day will be jam packed with talks by renowned bee enthusiasts and learned speakers like Galtee Queen breeder Micheál MacGiolla Coda and Philip McCabe, a familiar voice on RTE's Mooney Show and the current President of the European Council of Apimondia, the international beekeepers association.

A honey show, displaying the best of the best of Irish honey will prove highly competitive. Winners of the Primary School art competition will be announced and all prizes will be presented by Councillor Joe Ryan, Deputy Mayor of Wexford.

Other attractions include Bee Friendly Plants, bee themed witty pottery; hives and beekeeping equipment from local suppliers. This free family friendly event kicks off at 1 pm and there is something for everyone but all children must be accompanied inside the marquee, especially during the lectures. The kids will love the observation hive on show and will have great fun finding the Queen with her little identifying mark.

New Ross Standard

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