Welcome to Tribes Beekeepers Association Galway
Founded in Galway on 9th April 2013, Tribes Beekeepers’ Association (‘Tribes’) is an organisation providing mutual support to its members. Its motto is ‘Ar scáth a chéile’, means ‘under the wings of one another’. Beekeeping is well known to be important to the environment and the economy so the more people practicing it and helping the bees the better for all of us. Many people today are joining beekeeping associations and educating themselves in an effort to become aware and improve the welfare of these important pollinators. The hands-on approach of clubs and associations is more effective than simply reading books and attending occasional lectures, though they are very useful. We are glad to say that beekeeping in Galway is growing in popularity year on year.
Our Galway Beekeepers are winning prizes for their honey, wax and honey cakes at a national level. They show what can be done when you have a little support from your friends and some good bees. The business of beekeeping can be serious but is is a lot of fun and that is one of the reasons our club is doing so well. We all enjoy our hobby and attending the meeting and lectures. It is not all about exams. They are optional. Most of are here for the craic and the bees.
Tribes would be very glad to have long established Galway beekeepers join so that their experience and knowledge can be passed on to a new generation of beekeepers.
Few things delight a beekeeper more than the opportunity to talk about bees and beekeeping with someone who is equally interested in this area. And Tuesday nights are a treat for established members of Tribes as well as the enthusiastic learners who are attending our beekeeping classes. The photo above shows Patsy Cahalan educating and entertaining the latest group of beekeeper to be “bitten by the bug”.read more
The Tribes' beekeeping course will be starting on Tuesday the 20th of February. This course is run by qualified and active beekeepers from our Association. This course is growing in popularity and last year we had to run two courses to cope with the numbers. So, get...read more
Thank you to all who attended the AGM last Wednesday night. It was good to see so many happy smiling faces there on the night. There have been some changes on the committee again this year. We lost some valuable members on the night and throughout the year. Mary Wall...read more
What would you do if a swarm of honey bees landed in your garden? Probably like most people you would panic and think the end of the world was not far behind the swarm. No so, of course. Swarms are the normal behaviour of honey bees and it is the way they multiply....read more
Beeswax is a mystery to most people. Most have heard of honey and they know that honey bees are important pollinators, but do you know what can be done with beeswax? The fact is that wax is as important a product of the bees work as honey is. So what is it? Beeswax...read more
A beekeeper's work is never done... except perhaps in the off season. But you have to prepare for that. That is what Patsy Cahalan is doing in these photos. The hives need a last inspection to make sure that they have enough feed to get them through the winter and a...read more
More wins for our members Mary Wall, Ita O’Reilly and Iain Speirs.
Well done girls and Iain. Our top winning members were out and about, in Dublin this time and brought home a few souvenirs of their trip. Great to have members like this in our association who can show us how it is done and inspire us to follow their footsteps.
Claregalway Agriculture Show 2017 Prizewinners for Honey Cakes and Flowers and Vegetables
A great result for the Tribes Beekeepers Association again. This time at the Claregalway Agriculture Show.
Ian Speirs (Club Secretary) First Prize for his cake.
Patsy Cahalan (Apiary manager) First Prize for his honey.
Mary Wall (Events Organiser) Second for her honey.
Sinéad O’Dwyer (Member) Third Prize for her honey.
Ita O’Reilly (Vice Chairperson) Did very well with her flowers and veg.
Congratulations to all.