Warre hive

We keep bees in Warre hive which is a French system inspired from the traditional skep beekeeping. The bees are provided with empty boxes and they self build their own natural combs. The bees are selected and we take the surplus honey leaving plenty of stores for the winter. The honey combs are crushed and  pressed which gives a unique product. We keep around 18 colones of Irish Black Bees, the native Irish subspecies. To avoid varroa and competition, we put the hive by group of 2 or 3 and we have 7 small apiaries scattered in prime locations where no tillage could affect the well being of the bees and the quality of our honey. Sometimes when the season is good, we sell some honey through " The good earth" in Kilkenny and "Bowe's food hall and cafe" in Durrow.