Galway's Beekeepers

Co. Galway Beekeepers’ Association

A meeting of the Secretaries and representatives of the Beekeeping Associations in Co. Galway, was held in Athenry on the 10th inst.  Rev. Father Daly, Athenry, in the chair.  Also present : Messers. T. B. O’ Bryen (the Department’s expert in beekeeping) P.J. Mc Nicholas (Co. Instructor in Beekeeping), J. Lombard (Assistant Co. Instructor) ; T.J. Crowe, M.J. Glandilon, Mrs. Crowe, Miss Crowe, A. Cassidy (hon. Sec).  The following subjects were discussed : Isle of Wight disease, foul brood, honey marketing, alarmingly high railway rates for honey conveyance, annual congress of All-Ireland Beekeepers’ representatives, and practical patronage to beekeepers by Department of Agriculture.

The following resolutions were adopted.

“That the Department of Agriculture be asked to give powers to County Instructors in Beekeeping to destroy all bees in districts where Isle of Wight disease is known to exist; and that Co. Instructors and Secretaries of Associations be furnished with the publications issued by the English Board of Agriculture dealing with the disease, giving at the same time the result of experiments and the ingredients employed. – We request the Department of Agriculture to exercise their influence with the railway authorities with a view to secure cheaper rates of conveyance of honey to the English markets, and, therefore, lend additional encouragement to the industry in this country; that the several railway companies be authorised by the Department of Agriculture to grant a free pass to delegates of Associations to annual congress convened for the encouragement of the honey industry in Ireland.: – A vote of thanks to the Rev. Chairman terminated the proceedings.

Connaught Tribune, 21 July 1917

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