Welcome to the website of The North Kildare Beekeepers' Association.
In 1961 the North Kildare Beekeepers’ Association was established with 8 members. In 1980 one of the founding members, Peter O’Reilly became Ireland’s first honey judge. The association has grown strongly over the years and is now one of the largest beekeeping associations in Ireland.
The association manages 3 apiaries for the benefit of the members. These are located at
The Curragh behind the racecourse
Barnhall in Leixlip and
Russborough House walled garden
Members are encouraged to visit these apiaries on a weekly basis to improve their bee keeping skills and learn from the more senior members.
Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday each month in the DARA cinema on Main St, Naas.
Bee Buddies meets on the 3rd Wednesday morning each month at 10am at the Garden Cafe, Johnstown Gdn centre. This gives the members an opportunity to meet, discuss bees and socialize in a relaxed atmosphere.
We also host an annual 8-week beekeeping course in Mar/Apr every year.
NKBKA is affiliated to the Irish Beekeeper's Association CLG
We invite you to get in touch with us via the Contact page.
The document below was forwarded to us via Adrian Naughton, EU Parliamentary Assistant to Mick Wallace, MEP. It is a very good synopsis of the current state of play with the EU legislation with respect to Bee protection.
Mick Wallace is a member of the EU Environment and Public Health and Food Safety Committee.
Congratulations Norman !!
One of our esteemed club members, Norman Robins, recently received a 1st prize award at the prestigious London Honey Show for his invention, the Adnor Frame Saver. This is one of, if not the highest level of beekeeping competition globally!
This unique tool makes the job of recycling your hive frames a doddle, if you've ever sat down with a few hundred frames to rewax, you probably attacked it with a screwdriver, a stanley blade and a hammer.
It replaces the danger of using them and massively reduces the chances of breaking the little wooden bars, best of all, its really easy! It even resets the frame nails so you can reuse them with almost no effort!
If you want to see the invention in action, you can click here:
Designed for the British Standard Frame.
Ordered & delivered anywhere in Ireland for €25
Order direct from Norman here:
You can also see the video on our members video section, go to - Gallery page!
Update on Beginners Course and Talks 2020
For further information on this year's beginners course
The NKBKA supports the
All-Ireland Pollinator Plan
Chairperson: John Byrne
Vice-Chair: Vincent Lernihan
Treasurer: Paula Somers-Kennedy
Secretary: Brendan Kavanagh
PRO: Mark Fitzpatrick
Education: Colm ONeill
Bee health: Sean Byrne
Membership : Irwin Bannon
Other Committee Members:
Honorary Life Member: