Beekeeping

Plans for Ireland’s first beekeeping center of excellence unveiled in the Midlands

A state-of-the-art facility must be built locally.

Plans for Ireland’s first-ever Center of Excellence for beekeeping are unveiled today in the Midlands.

The Irish Bee Foundation is set to build the new state-of-the-art facility at Lough Boora Boglands in Offaly over the next five years.

It will serve as a research and education center for beekeepers as well as a visitor center for the public, in order to promote beekeeping and biodiversity.

IBF national headquarters will be included in the development.

The grounds will include training apiaries and ancillary equipment to facilitate public education and outreach programs undertaken within the Foundation’s Center of Excellence.

Chairman of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations, Paul O’Brien says the group has had a long-standing ambition to create a “home” for beekeeping in Ireland:

The project is supported by local company Lumcloon Energy and their Korean partners Hanwha Energy.

The official announcement of the Irish Bee Foundation Center of Excellence will take place at midday today at the proposed center site in Lough Boora.

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