Queen Rearing Group Scheme

3 Counties Black Bee Breeding Group

3 Counties Black Bee Breeders group has been established as sup group to our beekeeping association.


  1. To develop our skills in breeding better native Irish honey bees and queens
  2. To encourage members to produce better native Irish honey bees and queens as they improve as beekeepers. Passing our skills on.
  3. To support each other and share our achievements and issues as we develop.
  4. To be able to supply others with Native Irish Black Bees and Queens in the future

Meeting through the winter to learn the theory before working practical through the spring and summer. 

We hope to hold bee improvement and queen rearing workshops in the future.

Belfast Minnowburn Queen Rearing Group

Based at Minnowburn near Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast

Has members from Belfast, Dromore, Killinchy, East Antrim, and INIB associations.
Meets at 7.00pm Monday evenings

Contact: Jonathan Getty

NIHBS hosted a beekeeper queen rearing skills and training day at the site on 3rd August 2013 for beekeepers interested in starting up a queenrearing group in their own association.

Cavan Queen Rearing Group

Contact: Alan Brady

Déise Bee Breeders

Dromore Queen Rearing Group

Contact: William Blakely

Based at Tullyhenan Fort near Banbridge.

The group meets on Thursday evening and Saturday morning during the summer bee breeding season.

Website Dromore Beekeepers

Galtee Bee Breeding Group (GBBG)

Contact: Micheál Mac Giolla Coda
Based in Tipperary

GBBG supplies several hundred native queens per year but these must be ordered and paid for in advance. The order book is often full for the current season by February so book early to avoid disappointment.

GBBG hosts an open day every year where the queen rearing process is demonstrated.

Killinchy Queen Rearing Group

Based in Co. Down, Ards Peninsula

Contact: Chris and Valentine Hodges

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