Holsworthy Beekeepers is a branch of Devon Beekeepers Association
Registered Charity Number 270675
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Jim Ryan is from Thurles, Co Tipperary. He has the beekeeping gene on both sides of the family as both his mother's father and father's mother were beekeepers. As a child he helped his grandfather wax frames and make up section crates. He did a beginners course in Thurles in 1983. Immediately the course was over got bees. He attended Gormanston for the first time in 1984 and has attended every year since. He did all the exams and qualified as a lecturer in 1989. Since then he has lectured extensively all over these islands. From 1988 to 1998 he wrote "Hints for Beginners" in An Beachaire and from 1998 to 2012 he was editor. For many years he was Chairman of North Tipperary BKA and also served as their treasurer and secretary. He is current chairman of GBBG - the Galtee Bee Breeders.
He has been FIBKA Librarian for many years, and is presently acting Archivist having collected a large quantity of old material going back to the late 1800s. From 1987 to date he has put together an almost full set of the Irish Bee Journal which was published from 1901 to 1933 and later from 1910 to 1933 as The Beekeepers Gazette. This material was collected for the benefit of all beekeepers.