Michael Giles Memorial Library opens in Ashford
A new library dedicated to beekeeping and honouring the late Michael Giles was officially opened on Saturday in Ashford Community and Heritage Centre.
Michael Giles was a long-standing executive member of the Ashford and District Beekeepers Association who sadly passed away late last year. Michael loved nothing more than sharing his knowledge with others and as a final gesture he bequeathed his substantial library of bee-related books to the Association which will be permanently housed in the Heritage Room at the Community Centre in Ashford.
Michael's wife Marion Giles was present for the opening along with other family members, including some of his grandchildren.
Michéal Mac Giolla Coda, a fourth generation beekeeper from Cork, officially opened the new library, accompanied by his daughter Aoife Nic Giolla Coda.
Michelle O'Connor, Chairperson of Ashford and District Beekeepers Association, paid tribute to Michael's contribution to the association.
She said: 'Michael was very generous in sharing his knowledge of beekeeping with everyone and he was particularly interested in saving the native black Irish honey bee. He always placed a strong emphasis on education. Before he sadly passed away he bequeathed us all his books. This will be the only library in the county dedicated to bees and we hope to add to it over time so it becomes a resource for future generations.'