The aim of Gorey Beekeepers is to promote knowledge of bees in general and in beekeeping, thus helping to ensure their survival. We are working towards encouraging greater awareness of the honey bee and hoping to increase participation in beekeeping.
We are a friendly lot, and welcome all who have an interest in beekeeping. We provide beginner sessions and support if you are just starting out, or exchange of views and experience if you have been longer in the craft.
Beekeeping has a long history in Ireland and in the South East in particular, which is one of the highest honey producing regions in the country. Honey is one of the oldest forms of sweetener, and recent research by Limerick Institute of Technology has established that local honey tends to be healthier than generic imports
Gorey beekeepers also has a particular interest in the Irish black bee, as the bees have developed over the years to suit the Irish climate and ecology. Irish bees will tend to match their production to the weather, have a greater ability to fly through damp weather and will tend to reduce their number as the winter approaches, so giving them a better chance of survival throughout the winter.
If you are interested in bees, then explore our website and do get in touch if you would like to become a member.
The next beginner’s course will be run in March 2020.