1974 - 2024

50 years celebration of the foundation of ABKA

Save the Date - Wednesday 29th May 2024

Founding Member 1974 Joe Good with our youngest member Isabel Haran

Dates for Members' Diary

WEDNESDAY 29th May - 50th Anniversary Celebratory night

As ABKA celebrates its 50th anniversary, members (plus 1) are invited to a special evening to pay tribute to the past, enjoy the present and look forward to the future.

Tickets €25 per person to cover buffet meal, wine and surprises

Venue:  Wicklow Golf Club

Tickets from: abka.secretary@gmail.com

Lectures for members are on the last Wednesday night of the month @ 8.00 p. m  in Ashford Community & Heritage Centre, Ashford, Co. Wicklow.  So, put those Wednesday night dates in your Diary NOW!!

Lectures 2024

Wednesday 24th January : Presented by guest lecturer, Eamonn Magee - Topic:  Getting ready for Spring build up

Wednesday 28th February: Presented by guest lecturer Simon Rees - Topic:  How bees fly

Wednesday 27th March:  Presented by guest lecturer Olly Nolan - Topic: 

"Pre-emptive Swarm control and colony increase"

Wednesday 24th April: Question and Answer evening with Panel of Beekeepers

Wednesday 29th May - 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Wicklow Golf Club.


Study Group for Intermediate Scientific Exam 2024:

  • Wednesday 10th January 19.00 - 20.00 in Heritage Centre
  • Wednesday 17th January 19.00 - 20.00 in Heritage Centre 
  • Wednesday 24th January 18.30 to 19.30 before Monthly meeting at 20.00
  • Wednesday 31st January 19.00 to 20.00 ZOOM
  • Tuesday 6th February 19.00-20.00 in Heritage Centre
  • Tuesday 20th February 19.00 -20.00
  • Wednesday 28th February 18.30 - 19.30 (pre monthly lecture)

Introduction to Beekeeping 2024.

The first lecture of this 6 week beginners' course starts on Monday January 15th at 8.00 p.m.  Those who have signed up and paid for the course will receive all notifications directly by email.  The course is given by Mr. Colm Penston.

Course dates: January 15th and 29th; February 12th; March 11th and 25th; April 15th.

WhatsApp Beginner/Intermediate Mentor groups continue to engage now more than ever which provide a great resource especially for those of you with bees for the first year.

We have set up a Members' Forum on our Facebook Page. @wicklowbees.  Please join this group,  which is private for members only.  Here you can ask questions and share photos and start a conversation on a hot topic.  Our expert member beekeepers are only too happy to answer any questions - remember in beekeeping there is never a stupid question!!

Video Tutorials:  Videos on various aspects of beekeeping, made by our experienced beekeepers have been uploaded to our YouTube channel, which is private.  A link is sent to members to the video by email.  The videos are also uploaded to Members  Facebook Forum.

Follow us on Facebook @wicklow bees and on Instagram ashford_bka