I’m about to spend a week at the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations’ annual week-long Summer School at Gormanston College, Co. Meath. I’ve been going there every year since 2000 and hope to continue to do so as long as health and money permit. About 300 of us gather every year + about 100 day visitors.
The guest lecturer this year is Professor Robert Pickard who taught at Cardiff University. I’ve heard him on several occasions before and know that he is a brilliant speaker, informative and witty. Besides one or two talks a day from him there will also be other lectures at Advanced, Intermediate and Preliminary level as well as workshops on such subjects as wax work, honey cookery, furniture polishing, microscopy. These all take place simultaneously so you have to go back next year to catch up with the things you missed last year.
About a mile away is the Irish Sea with miles of deserted sandy beach. A stroll round the beach enables one to work up a thirst and conveniently The Cock, (one of the many ‘oldest’ pubs in Ireland) is en route.