About Us


The South West Cork Beekeeping Association (SWCBKA) was founded in the 1960's. It is based in Clonakilty and has members from Kilbrittain to Ross-Carbery. The Association has members spanning 3 generations of beekeepers from the area.

The mission of the Association is to promote the ancient craft of beekeeping and support the community of beekeepers in the South West Cork through education, information and exchange of know-how.

Every year, beginners or experienced beekeepers join the Association to enjoy the many benefits of being part of a group of enthusiast beekeepers eager to help each other.

Why Join Us
As a member of the Association, you will enjoy the following benefits:

Join our insurance scheme which covers against injury or damage caused by his/her honeybees and claims in respect of honey sold by the member. It also indemnifies the owner of any property occupied by the member's honeybee hives if they are in situ with the property owner's permission.
Receive a subscription to An Beachaire, the national journal of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations. The journal is published each month except August and is posted to the home address of each subscriber.

Participate in regular events organised by the SWBKA and its national umbrella, the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations (FIBKA). These events are primarily about furthering the knowledge of members but are also highly sociable occasions.  They include training courses, outdoor demonstrations, lectures, etc.

But most of all, you will be part of a group of beekeepers who take enjoyment in sharing their craft and experience and supporting each other. Keeping bees is a gratifying occupation, with many benefits for the owner, society and nature.
You can contact us by visiting the SWCBKA contact us page.