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Regan’s Family Apiary Killarney wins Gold at Blas na hEireann





Honey bee on whitethorn

Ti and Kathleen Regan with their winning honey


Beekeeper Tim Regan is the producer of the tastiest honey in Ireland.

“We are delighted to be the first Kerry Beekeepers to win the Gold award at Blas na hEireann having won Silver in 2021,” said Tim.

“The bees will be buzzing when I tell them that they are producing the tastiest honey in Ireland. I am confident that more Kerry honeys will feature in the final in the coming years.”

“Just as the proof of the pudding is in the eating so too the proof of the honey is in the taste. Being awarded the tastiest honey in Ireland by Blas na hEireann is indeed special.

All honeybees bring in nectar to make honey. The nectar the bees bring back to the hive is 80% water and bees must fan this with their wings to evaporate the water and make honey.

They foraged wild flowers in the surrounding areas gives the honey from each apiary its own unique taste.

The Kingdom is blessed with a vast variety of wild flowers which makes Kerry honey taste so much better.

Our honey is harvested from the hives in early September. It is then capped, spun and sieved to remove big pieces of wax and pollen before jarring. It is 100% pure and natural and unfiltered. The honey still contains small particles of wax and pollen which are not visible to the naked eye and these help to combat allergens,” added Tim.

People are recently much more interested in natural foods and the health benefits they possess and are willing to pay more for 100% local honey than imported blended honey.

“Our apiary is located in a traditional farm three kilometres from Killarney town. It comprises of twenty acres of farmland with a variety of bee loving hedgerows, like Blackthorn, Gorse, Oak, Rowan, Sycamore, and Whitethorn.

“There is a Bee Meadow which comprises of 2.5 acres of flowers for pollinators along with wild flowers to attract bumblebees, butterflies and insects with a pathway around the Bee Meadow with information posters to assist you identify the birds, butterflies and bumblebees.

Due to the poor weather had in July the amount of summer honey harvested is down by over 40%, this will lead to a shortage of local honey this year.
The hone can be bought via an honesty box at at V93D7W0. 
It is also available at the Blacksheep hostel and café in New Street and Noelle’s at the Milltown market.
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Kerry rowing clubs flock to Killarney for the start of the coastal season

There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the […]




There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the Lake’ time-trial for coastal one-design boats.

The event, hosted by the local Flesk Valley Rowing Club, signalled the start of the summer season for clubs rowing the coastal ‘one-design’ boats.

It was fitting that on the weekend that the Killarney National Park celebrated the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House to the public, that hundreds of people also flocked to the Flesk Valley shore to appreciate and enjoy the splendour of the park.

Speaking after the event, Flesk Valley chairman, John Fleming thanked all the Kerry clubs who supported this new event and congratulated all the first-time rowers taking to the water in a competitive event for the first time.
“We were delighted to welcome our neighbouring clubs Workmens’ and Fossa, and look forward to renewing rivalries with them again at the Killarney Regatta at the end of this month,” he said.

“We would also like to thank Mary B. Teahan, Andrew Wharton, Johanna King and the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association for all their support and encouragement, and Denis O’Leary for coordinating safety on the water.”
Flesk Valley would also like to thank the Killarney National Park, Leanes Tool Hire, Hegartys Shop and Muckross Rowing Club for their support.

“This was a great start to the coastal rowing season, and augurs well for the months ahead as clubs build towards the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships to be held in Dingle at the end of August,” added the chairman.

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NPWS announces nature scholarships to mark ‘Muckross 60’

Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of […]




Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House and Gardens to the public. The scholarships will be funded and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Niall O Donnchú said, “Killarney and Muckross have a very special place in Ireland’s heritage legacy, and  such beautiful gems need constant care, nurturing and indeed protecting by future generations. In supporting these third level scholarships, the NPWS is building the knowledge base of the future to assist those generations in continuing to realise the full beauty and nature value of the very unique Muckross House and Gardens and Killarney National Park.”

Mr O Donnchú added: “Killarney has a long history of scholarship, research and frontier work on nature and that continues to this day in the management of Killarney National Park and Muckross House and Gardens. The endowment of these annual scholarships is a very clear attestation that this crucial work continues to be undertaken across our national park system and especially here in Killarney and Muckross. This work has been pioneering in respect of wildlife and nature research and indeed the reintroduction of endangered species and the discovery, even this year, of more.”

Minister for Education and Kerry T.D. Norma Foley also welcomed new scholarships to mark the 60th anniversary of Muckross House.

“Muckross House is one of the jewels in the crown of Kerry tourism and received almost one million visitors last year. These scholarships will further add to our understanding of this outstanding part of our national heritage,” she said.

Muckross House was built by the Herbert family, who were local landlords. They became very wealthy during the 18th century due to the working of the copper mines on the Muckross Peninsula. They commenced the building of the present Muckross House in 1839. It was completed in 1843 at cost of £30,000, just two years prior to the Great Irish Famine. The Herbert family hosted the visit of Queen Victoria to Muckross House in 1861 but later got into financial difficulties and lost the house in 1897.

It was then bought by Lord Ardilaun, a member of the Guinness family. He in turn sold it in 1911 to William Bowers Bourn, a wealthy Californian gold miner. Bowers Bourn gave it to his daughter Maud as a wedding gift when she married Arthur Rose Vincent, an Irish barrister who later became a Senator.

After Maude died from pneumonia in 1929, Arthur Rose Vincent decided to donate Muckross house to the Irish nation as a memorial to his wife. Muckross House was transferred to the state in 1932 with its 11,000 acre estate and became Ireland’s first National Park in 1933.

The park and gardens were opened to the public but the house remained closed until 1964 when it was reopened as a folk museum on June 14, 1964 following a campaign by people in Killarney.

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