Houghton is sweet on honey award

Success for Carn beekeeper

Carn beekeeper James Houghton was honoured for his outstanding honey.

Carn beekeeper James Houghton was honoured for his outstanding honey.

Carn man James Houghton last week walked away with four prizes at the Honey Show held in Derry’s Guildhall.

Mr. Houghton was awarded the prize for best in show, supreme run honey, the prize for dark honey and for six jars.

Speaking after his success at this the 10th annual conference and honey show James Houghton said: “I have been beekeeping for 30 plus years and this year was not a bad year for honey.

“I have to say I am pleased at being awarded prizes from fellow beekeepers.”

He added: “This year was a fairly good year, although while some bees produced the honey others did not.

“I usually have four hives and two of them did very well and two did not. I was talking to some people at the show who had got no honey at all so it is hard to see any sort of pattern here.”

James Houghton continued: “There are a whole range of factors that go towards producing honey, it depends on the spring we have and if the bees swarm.

“If you lose the swarming then you will probably lose your honey. But it was great to get these prizes from my fellow beekeepers.”

There are two beekeeping groups in Inishowen that meet regularly. The next meeting of the Foyle Group is on 28 October in Serenity House. The Inishowen Beekeepers Group meeting has yet to be finalised but is expected to be held before the end of this month.

 

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.

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