ASHFORD and District Beekeepers’ Association (ABKA) welcomed their second group of sixth class pupils from Scoil Na Coroine Mhuire to an interactive session and presentation on Beekeeping.
Due to Covid restrictions the class had been split, with the first group attending back in November 2021.
The presentation took place in the Ashford Community and Heritage Ashford as ABKA founding member Joe Good and Tony Lyons provided the children with a unique opportunity to see and study our native Irish bees Apis Mellifera in an ‘observation hive’.
The children were excited and engaged, soaking up the knowledge and participating in a lively Q&A session. The pupils were able to view the bees on the frame, listen closely to their sounds, and try to spot the Queen Bee.
The children were particularly captivated by Joe Good with whom their fellow students celebrated his 90th birthday last November. His outstanding contribution to ABKA, and particularly to young beekeepers and beginners, is demonstrated by his calm ability to handle bees at the hive, explaining everything in a gentle and patient manner.
Sheila Clarke was on hand to provide cream cakes and refreshments following the presentation, so a real party atmosphere ensued.
ABKA is delighted to confirm that, after a hiatus of almost three years, the Honey Festival will be held once again at the Heritage Centre and grounds on September 24. In 2019, the Festival attracted over 2000 visitors who participated in a fun-filled family day.
This is a truly unique community event with all the local schools participating in the children’s art and poetry competitions, stalls brimming with natural honey themed products, observation hives, plants and native wild flowers, a dedicated ‘Beekeeper Hut’ with demonstrations on equipment, tools and lots of delicious locally produced honey to taste and buy from the ABKA beekeepers.
An invitation was extended to Scoil na Coroine Mhuire to participate once again in this fun and educational day.