The 2005 A.G.M. of the G.B.B.G. held in the Band Room Cahir, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 22nd January 2006, with a starting time of 2.00 pm.


  1. Chairman’s Address. See Separate Page.
  2. Minutes of AGM 2004.
  3. Matters Arising.
  4. Secretary’s Report. See Separate Page.
  5. Treasurer’s Report.
  6. Election of Officers and Working Committee.
  7. Membership Fee for coming year.
  8. Programme of activities for 2006.
  9. Honorary Membership.
  10. Tea Break.
  11. Panel debate on “Current problems in Queen mating”.
  12. AOB

Election of Officers and Working Committee.

We have a new treasurer… Congratulations to Gay Noonan who was elected Treasurer of GBBG for the coming year. She has replaced Jim Ryan, who held the post for the past two years. We were delighted to learn of Jim’s recovery from his recent illness and we wish him continued good health and enjoyable beekeeping in the years ahead. Prior to vacating his office as Treasurer Jim collected affiliation fees for 2006 from the fifty-four members present. Any member who wishes to renew their membership should do so before the end of March. This year there will be no reminders and we must regard the 31 st. March as the cut off point for renewal of membership.

Group Activities for 2006.

APIARY MAINTENANCE: Sunday 2nd April 10 am, at Dun Aonghusa Apiary, Glengarra Wood, Burncourt, Cahir. Everyone is very welcome, bring some sandwiches, spare ‘Bee Plants’ and favourite tools.

QUEEN REARING AND COLONY EVALUATION: Sunday 14th May 2pm, Glengarra Wood, Burncourt, Cahir.

FAMILY OUTING TO BIRR CASTLE: Sunday 11th June. This visit has to be arranged, details will appear in the Summer edition of The Four Seasons.


Members may be interested to know that Dr Susan Cobey from Ohio State University, USA, who is an expert on Instrumentally Inseminating Queens will be lecturing at the Convention. Dr Cobey will also be giving two lectures at the BIBBA AGM on Sunday 23rd April commencing at lO.30am.
The titles of her lectures will be:

  1. Rearing quality Queens and Drones.
  2. Performance of Instrumentally Inseminated Queens versus Naturally Mated Queens.

Honorary Life Membership

Out of the blue I received an Email from Micheál Mac Giolla Coda…

Dear Dave,

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that at the Annual General Meeting of Galtee Bee Breeding Group on Sunday 22nd January 2006 by unanimous decision you were conferred with Honorary Life Membership of GBBG. This is in recognition of your constant help and outstanding service to GBBG and your significant contribution to the conservation, study and improvement of native Irish strains of Dark European Honeybee.

Kindest Regards,

Micheál Mac Giolla Coda, (Chairman).

I am both honoured and flattered, I hope I will be able to live up to it. DAC

Queen Mating Problems

A most interesting discussion took place at our AGM on current “Problems in Queen Mating”. No doubt there will be a report on this debate elsewhere and we will hear much more on the subject in the not too distant future. Even though we may not have reached any definite conclusions it became apparent as a result of this discussion that there is a great need for monitoring our colonies more carefully. We were made aware of the need to observe our queens more closely and to study their performance in different colonies and under different conditions. We were reminded of the ever increasing importance of the drones we rear in our hives and their qualities in view of the huge loss of drones due to the demise of wild colonies since the advent of Varroa. There is a growing necessity to assess the behaviour of our bees and to get to know them better and study their reactions to diseases, and environmental and climatic conditions.