Pure Irish Honey

Galtee Honey Farm is run by the Mac Giolla Codas, a well known  beekeeping family in Ireland. Micheál and Aoife are both certified lecturers in beekeeping. Micheál is also a qualified honey judge, having judged in honey competitions and shows both nationally and internationally.

Galtee Honey Farm has about 150 hives of honey bees. These hives are sited in groups called apiaries throughout the Galtee Vee Valley and stretch over the three counties of Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. This ensures that the bees are collecting honey from a wide variety of flora including sycamore and horse chestnut blossom, dandelion, oilseed rape, hawthorn, blackberry blossom, clover and heather. It is all these flowers which gives Galtee honey its complexity of flavour.

Pure Native Black Queens

Micheál and Aoife have both spent many years teaching beekeeping skills to others. They are committed to promoting the conservation of the native honeybees of Ireland, known as ‘Black Bees’. They breed them for their excellent traits in Irish weather conditions. They specialise in rearing and breeding Black Queen Bees for beekeepers around Ireland.

12 responses to “Pure Irish Honey

  1. Hello,
    Do you supply queens to Scotland?
    I am trying to get my bees as pure amm
    as possible here on the west coast in Argyll.

  2. Hi Aoife,

    many congrats on your blas gong! Well done!
    And thank you so much for the lovely comb honey: had it with the porridge this morning: delicious.

    Best wishes,
    John McKenna

  3. Arthur McEnally

    I got some honey from you at Easter 2017, the Ivy honey, unfortunately I got your last jars as you were sold out.
    I will get my mother to get more and bring it to me in England at Christmas. Out of interest can you tell me if your honey is raw.

    • Hi Arthur

      Yes our honey is raw. We do not pasteurise it or raise the temperature above 40 degrees. 42 degrees is cut off point for raw honey. Before we fill it into the jars we just gently warm it so that it is decrystalised and will pour.

      Best Regards

  4. Maura Cronin

    Hi Aoife. I have been using honey in my tea for forty years. I try to get the best quality I can. Do you supply any outlet in Cork city or suburbs. Thank you.

    • Hi Maura,
      Apologies for the delay in replying to you. I supply honey to A few shops around Cork City. Quay Coop, Sullivan’s Quay; Roughty Foodie Stall, English Market; Bradley’s, North Main St; Natural Choice, Pauls st shopping centre; Health and Vitality, Cornmarket st; and On the Pigs Back, St Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Douglas


  5. Peter Pondolfino

    Hello Michael and Aoife,
    My daughter Katie and her partner Andy just arrived to work on your farm. I just wanted to reach out to you to say hello and to let you know they’re both gems, which I’m sure you will discover. Be well, take care of your selves and my girls as we’ll.

    • Hi Peter,
      Apologies, I only jus saw your message now. Katie and Andy were lovely to have here. They are a great pair of girls. We really missed them when they left. Katie is a real natural with the bees. Hopefully she will gain more experience with them in the future.

      Hope you have a very happy Christmas,

  6. Caoimhin O Manachain

    Can you advise where I can purchase you honey in Dublin

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