Two kinds of Irish beekeeping

It seems that Ireland is a land that loves bees.

A few months ago, I learned from Dave Cushman's site that there's a highly-respected six-day Summer Beekeeping School in early August in Gormanston, Co Meath. It's organised by the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations, who put on a diverse programme of lectures and workshops for all levels. It's of course been cancelled this year due to the pandemic, but I'd love to go next year.

And then there's something my sister Hannah sent me. A hundred and fifty kilometres west of Gormanstan in Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ruairí Ó Leocháin, a schoolteacher and wildlife activist has made a hive out of Lego to National spec (with a few embellishments), now housing Irish black bees. This was widely reported over the world's media, but the Westmeath Independent has a nice interview.