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Have you ever considered getting a close look at how busy honey bees actually are? Raising bees is becoming more popular by the day. It’s an interesting hobby that has tons of benefits.

The obvious reason why many people keep bees is for the honey. Local raw honey does more than taste good, it can also keep you healthy: honey is one of the most nutritious foods you can consume. It contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and C, as well as numerous antioxidants to build healthy enzymes and rifidobacteria to aid with digestion.

On acquiring your first colony of bees, you will see them pollinate the plants and shrubs around your home and your flowers will be happy for it. Urban beehives tend to do better than rural beehives because in rural areas pesticides are used more frequently in commercial farming.

Beekeeping is something that can literally be for anyone, young or old, and is something the whole family can do together. As long as you live in an area with flowering shrubs, trees, or plants then you can raise bees. Without bees, we have no pollination and, in turn, our food supply takes a serious hit.

So if you are looking for a relaxing hobby or would be excited by the prospect of having your own supply of really good honey then beekeeping just might be for you!

If you are interested then register and come along to the series of lectures from 7.30pm–9pm at the Teagasc Offices, Cleeney, Tralee Road, Killarney (details below).

- Thursday, February 22: Irene Power CFL on equipment - year's work including assembling frames

- Thursday, March 1: Aoife Nic Giolla Coda on spring management, queens in hives and nuclei

- Thursday, March 8: Noel Power CFL on controlling bees and working for honey, and stock increase

- Thursday, March 15: Dennis Ryan CFL on summer apiary management, harvesting the honey and treating the bees for varroa

For registration details, email Kerry Beekeepers Association Secretary Ian Flude at id.flude@btinternet.com.

Pic: Eamonn Keogh.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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