Beginners Beekeeping Course   Leave a comment

Starting 15th February in the Orchard Bar, Kilkenny. This course runs over the following 4 Wednesday covering the theory behind keeping bees and is then followed up with practical demonstrations at our own Apiary in Lavistown House. Contact Paul O’Donnell for more details, 086 2724977 or

Posted February 1, 2017 by beekeeperpaul in Events to Come, Uncategorized

Photos of a honeybee, wasp and wasp nest   Leave a comment

This is a photo of a wasp nest.

This is a photo of a wasp nest.

A photo of an Irish/British Honeybee

A photo of an Irish/British Honeybee

A photo of a wasp.

A photo of a wasp.

Posted August 27, 2016 by midkilkennybees in Uncategorized

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In case of a swarm of honeybees contact one of the following Mid-Kilkenny Beekeepers.

Please make sure it is a swarm of bees and not wasps.  Wasps have a paper like nest.  Wasps are very active at the end of summer because they will soon die off.  In case of wasps do not phone us.  You can either sit tight and wait for them to die off and then carefully find the queen and kill her off.  She does survive the winter.  Or you can phone an exterminator.

Honeybees when swarming form a large clump, almost a pineapple shape on a branch or a large, several hundred bees, cluster.  Please note that we often come distances to collect bees and although we don’t charge a small consideration or a cup of tea would be appreciated.

Hives of honeybees in structures like a house roof or inside a cavitity wall may be impossible to get at but an experienced beekeeper will advise you.



Francis Nesbitt #087-236-8555, Knocktopher, Callan areas

Paul O’Donnell #086-272-4977

Jer Keohane #087-252-3265  Kilkenny

Tony Murphy #086-851-8892, Dunmore, Castlecomer areas

Joe Darcy #087-252-4521, Gowran, South Kilkenny

Melanie Foote #087-280-7683, Borris and Gowran

Kerry Hardie, #059-977-3194, Gowran, Goresbrige, Borris areas


Posted May 2, 2013 by midkilkennybees in Breaking the News

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Welcome to the Mid-Kilkenny Beekeeper’s Blog site. We are a organisation of about 30 beekeepers, both new to the craft and long term beekeepers. We meet during the year at Lavistown Study Centre, which is also where our apiary is located. Besides business, there are guest speakers, workshops, demonstrations on site and questions and answers sessions and always refreshments.
Our meeting are announced in the Kilkenny People Newspaper and KCLR radio community announcements. Meetings usually are the first Wednesday of each month and begin at  8 p.m..   Parking is limited so we urge members to carpool when possible.  New members or interested individuals are always welcomed.

For upcoming meeting and events information please scroll down to “Events to Come” at the bottom of this page!

  • Chairman:  Paul O’Donnell
  • Vice Chair: Melanie Foot
  • Secretary: Jer Keohane
  • Treasurer: Declan Gough
  • Apiary is managed by MidKilkenny members

MandMMarnie and Miranda, Visitors from Oak Park, Illinois, USA visit a Kilkenny hive





Posted September 29, 2010 by midkilkennybees in Greetings!

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For information about MidKilkenny Beekeepers please contact
Melanie Foot at

Sophie and Kimmy from Santa Cruz, California visiting a Mid-Kilkenny Hive, 2015

Sophie and Kimmy from Santa Cruz, California visiting a Mid-Kilkenny Hive, 2015

Posted July 24, 2010 by midkilkennybees in Some Contact Information


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Posted July 23, 2010 by midkilkennybees in The Bloggers

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Dr. Brian Durrans, retired anthropologist from the British Museum and Museum of Mankind in London visited Mid-Kilkenny hives to learn about bees.

Posted July 22, 2010 by midkilkennybees in Breaking the News