The 2000 AGM of GBBG was held on Sunday 28th. January 2001 in the Band Room, Cahir… Starting at 2.30 p.m.

Present were:-

Eileen Gahan, Michael G Gleeson, Jim Ryan, Joe Martin, Thomas Reid, Liam Brett, Jacob Kahn, Michael Woulfe, Liam Rice, P J Curran, Ger O’Donoghue, Claire Chavasse, Vincent Walsh, David O’Meara, Johnnie Carrigan, Gwen Roe, Tom Barrett, John Donoghue, David Lee, Eddie O’Sullivan, John Cunningham, James Power, Jim Power, Micheál Mac Giolla Coda, Redmond Williams, Dennis Ryan.

Apologies were received from:-

Barry Lynch, Mary O’Riordan, Gerard Williams, Bea Flavin-Dunphy, Ben Colchester, Tadgh O’Mahony, John Summerville, Georgie Penruddock, Sally Percival-Maxwell.

All stood for one minute’s silence as a mark of respect to Eric Milner and Georgie’s mother who died recently.

Ar dheis De go raibh a n-anam.

Item 1. Chairman’s Address

Micheál welcomed all present, especially, David Lee and Michael G. Gleeson… President and Secretary respectively of FIBKA.

He said the group’s activities during the year 2000 were very successful and well supported. The group now has representatives from at least ten or twelve BKA’s in the country. The visit to Carrigmore, an apiary in the Galtee/Vee Valley demonstrated the groups method of colony evaluation and recording which he said is a simple and practical system of assessment and forms the basis for our selection programmes. The same theme was followed up at the apiary of Michael Woulfe in Middleton, Co. Cork.

The third event, which had an attendance of forty people, was our visit to the extensive gardens of the Mount Congreve Estate in Co. Waterford.


view of Congrieve estate, Photo… Irish Tourism


view of Congrieve estate, Photo… Irish Tourism


view of Congrieve estate, Photo… Irish Tourism


view of Congrieve estate, Photo… Irish Tourism


Horse Chestnut on the Mount Congrieve estate, Photo… Micheál Mac Giolla Coda


Walkers on the Mount Congrieve estate, Photo… Micheál Mac Giolla Coda

GBBG members on the Mount Congrieve estate, Photo… Micheál Mac Giolla Coda


All three events proved to be both educational and social occasions for our group members.

The most important event of the year was the establishment of our new breeding apiary – known as Dun Aonghusa – at Glengarra Wood. Micheál reviewed the work that had been carried out there by Redmond and himself during the year and said that further development can now take place in 2001. Funding has been received through the Department of Agriculture under the Scheme for the Conservation of Genetic Resources in Food and Agriculture. This funding has enabled us to purchase much needed equipment including Instrumental Insemination apparatus, a garden shed, liquid nitrogen flask, computer, printer, and scanner. The primary object he said is to provide breeder queens for the group members.

Micheál then thanked all members who helped to achieve success during the year, Tom Barrett for setting up the discussion group on the internet, Jacob and Eddie for establishing the project on bee morphometry in the Cork Institute of Technology – a final year student is carrying out the work. He thanked Jacob for maintaining the website and Claire who is editor of our new Newsletter. He concluded his address by congratulating Claire on receiving the National Certificate in Apiculture and Redmond, Dennis, and Gerard on their National Diploma in Apiculture, Tom Barrett who passed his Federation Lecturer’s exam and all those who won prizes at the numerous honey shows which were held during the past year.

The minutes of the 1999 AGM were read and adopted.

Item 3. Matters arising


Item 4. Correspondence


Item 5.Treasurer’s Report

Redmond provided a handout detailing all receipts and expenditure for the year.

Item 6. Election of officers and working committee

Chairman: Micheál Mac Giolla Coda.

Secretary: Dennis Ryan.

Treasurer: Redmond Williams.

Working Committee. This committee was provisionally set up during the year was ratified by the AGM.

Website manager: Jacob.

Bee Flora and Bee Garden: Sally.

Video Librarian: Redmond.

Update on new developments: Tom Barrett.

Newsletter Editor: Claire.

Colony Appraisals: James.

Morphometry: Bea, Liam, Jacob and Eddie.

Queen Rearing: Micheál.

Instrumental Insemination: Redmond.

Varroa Officer: Dennis.


Item 7. Fees

The level of members fees to remain unchanged for the coming year.

Item 8. Breeder queens

The charge to members for breeder queens to remain the same as last year.

Item 9. Update on Varroa

Michael Gleeson talking to a group, Image recovered from an ‘An Beachaire’ cover picture Michael Gleeson informed the meeting that Varroa has now been confirmed in twelve of the thirty-two counties and he pinpointed exact locations of outbreaks on a detailed map. All present were reminded that Varroa is a notifiable disease. A sample should be sent to Kinsealy for confirmation and local Associations then informed.

Item 10. GBBG policy on Varroa

A workable policy of diagnosis and treatment was drawn up. This will be published in our newsletter, The Four Seasons, so that all members can put it into practice.

This final discussion on Varroa concluded the meeting, which ended at 6.15 p.m.