ARDEE Castle will be the venue for a very interesting lecture by Mr Jim Ryan, editor and librian of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association.
Mr Ryan will talk at the castle this Thursday 24 November at 8pm about Ardee-born Turlough Butler O’Bryen, one of the greatest ever authorities on bees.
Turlough O’Connor, who was known as the Bee Man, was born in Ardee on 4 April 1853.
He was the son of an RIC inspector.
He became famous throughout the country for his talks on bee keeping.
He would cycle to agricultural shows all over Ireland.
In 1900 he published a text book on the subject.
In 1904 he was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and worked there for 31 years.
He died at Carofin not for from his beloved Burren in county Clare.
The Irish Beekeeper’s Journal said on his retirement:
“We shall hear of him in years to come for there is nothing of neglect nor ill usage, nor disappointment that can wean such a man from his old love of bee-keeping.”
The lecture at Ardee Castle is supported by Louth Beekeepers Association; Ardee Historical Society; and the Ardee Traders Association.
It’s on Thursday next 24 Novemeber at 8pm.
Entry is free.
It’s not to be missed.