Celebrating Longford’s
beekeeping heritage

There is little doubt that National Heritage Week 2012 was a resounding success throughout the county, with events taking place in all areas of Longford life. Among these was the visit to the apiary at Farraghroe, Cullyfad, which was organised by the County Longford Beekeepers’ Association.

There is little doubt that National Heritage Week 2012 was a resounding success throughout the county, with events taking place in all areas of Longford life. Among these was the visit to the apiary at Farraghroe, Cullyfad, which was organised by the County Longford Beekeepers’ Association.

“The visit was organised to give people a better idea as to how to look after bees and beehives,” said Bridget Koston, secretary of the County Longford Beekeepers’ Association.

“Approximately 30 people attended though not all wore protective clothing. The visit also included a presentation on the environment that bees like to have.”

The apiary in question is located on land which is rented by the association from Coillte, who according to Mrs Koston, have been very supportive in the area of biodiversity.

“The location has nice foraging for bees and lots of wildflowers which the bees like also,” she said.

Speaking at the event were John Fitzpatrick (treasurer), Michael Wall (committee member), Tom Bannon (committee member) and Dieter Koston (committee member).

During the event, Mr Koston demonstrated how to handle bees in the hive and how to look after the coombe. He also showed how to check for Queens and see if she is laying or if the bees are bringing in pollen to the hive.

“It was a beautiful Sunday and we were very happy with the group that turned out. It all helps to create an interest in beekeeping and introduce people to this area,” said Mrs Koston.

The County Longford Beekeepers’ Association visit to the Apiary took place on Sunday, August 26 last.