Jim Ryan, Irish Beekeepers


An Executive of the Irish Beekeepers, Jim will be sharing all you want to know about Honey Bees and Bumble Bees. Jim from Thurles, Co. Tipperary, 

As a child, Jim used to help his grandfather making up section crates and wiring and waxing frames. He started Jim's real career as a beekeeper in 1983 and since then he qualified as a lecturer in 1989. Jim edited An Beachaire the Irish Beekeeper for 14 years retiring in 2012. Now lecturing at Gormanston Summer Course regularly, Jim has also lectured and demonstrated in Scotland and England. He runs roughly 50 colonies for run honey and rear about 30/50 queens every year. He is Secretary of North Tipperary BKA, has been chairman for 16 years and is currently chairman of Galtee Bee Breeders.

We have taken a lecture title and summary here to give you a sample of Jim's experience and thoughts; 

Lecture Title: “Beekeeping – If the bees wrote the book”

As beekeepers we have certain ideas in our head each year as to what we hope to achieve in our beekeeping. But how do the bees look at it? What do they hope to achieve? Our main object should be to give the bees as much help, and as little hindrance as possible. Many beekeepers unwittingly put obstacles in the way of the bees, but being as tough and resilient as they are, they manage to overcome almost everything the beekeeper can throw at them.

Oftentimes in beekeeping we do things without thinking them through. It is the way we were taught to do things and we do them without thinking. I want to look at beekeeping taking the bees perspective into consideration in so far as that is possible, given that we want to produce as much honey as we can. I will focus on some of my own practices through the beekeeping year. (Source - BIBBA)

Jim's favourite topics are 

  • Beekeeping History
  • Wax and its uses
  • Practical Beekeeping