Coming out in hives: A buzzing hobby

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Garrett Murphy tends to his bees at his hives in west Limerick Pic: Arthur Ellis

With the global insect population in decline, more and more people are keeping beehives to do their bit for the environment – and for the sheer enjoyment of it too

The art of beekeeping is very much alive and well in Ireland. There are currently more than 3,500 members of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association (Fibka) and, according to the organisation, probably a similar number who are operating under the radar.

For many years, keeping bees was a job or hobby for the select few. With the rise of industrial farming coupled with climate change and a condition called colony collapse disorder, much of the...

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