Over the last two years, Cumann na bhFear has organised a number of courses in Beekeeping. The last course was with Marty O'Malley  as tutor. Content included information on the life cycle of the bees; the basic stucture of a hive; modern and traditional beehives, swarming and honey harvesting.
The cumann maintains a number of apiaries in the Ballindooley and Oranmore localities with many of the hives that are used on site been manufactured by its own members.

The group's first bee hive produced over 100 jars (recycled, sterilised & labelled) of honey in 2014 which were sold at the Ballinfoile Harvest Festival in August. Due to the wet weather, the crop of honey was much lower in 2015 and 2016.

John Hannan at the honey stall during the Ballinfole Mór Garden Festival
The maintenance of bee hives and the domestication of bees for the production of honey dates back at least 15,000 years and is one of the oldest forms of agriculture on the planet.  
In common with other forms of traditional and organic farming that are eco-friendly, beekeeping is experiencing a revival in the last few years. 

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