Welcome to Galtee Honey Farm, home to 200 colonies of Native Irish Black Honey Bees – a threatened honey bee. Nestled at the edge of the picturesque Glengarra Wood in the Galtee Vee Valley, the bees are placed throughout the countryside where the three counties of Tipperary, Limerick and Cork meet. It was established by Micheál Mac Giolla Coda in 1970. While forestor of Glengarra Forest, he also grew up with beekeeping. He decided to continue the family tradition, and to breed the Native Black Honey Bee of Ireland which was for at one time under threat of extinction.
The skills and knowledge he has acquired over the years have been handed down to his 6 children, including his daughter Aoife who officially took over Galtee Honey Farm in 2013. Her children Hannah and Micheál are currently learning about bees and beekeeping. Micheál and Aoife are both certified beekeeping lecturers. They teach beekeeping skills to others through lectures, beginners courses and workshops at beekeeping clubs around Ireland.
Honey Farm is open for visits on select Saturdays during the summer of 2021. Please log onto their online shop for dates and more information on www.galteehoney.com
WHERE: Glengarra Wood, Burncourt, Cahir, Tipperary, E21 YR64
TOUR PRICE: 2 hour visits are €35 per adult and €20 per child.