FLY BEE

Sweet suc­cess for Dublin Air­port as it sells honey from hives on its land

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE - BY LAURA LYNE

PAS­SEN­GERS trav­el­ling through Dublin Air­port will now be able to take some sweet nect-air with them.

Ear­lier this year, more than 250,000 bees that live on the travel hub’s lands pro­duced their first batch of honey.

And now Nect-air will be on sale in the air­port in the Mar­quette restau­rant for €9.95.

The 100% nat­u­ral Ir­ish honey is har­vested from four hives which house more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion na­tive Ir­ish dark bees.

Dublin Air­port manag­ing di­rec­tor Vin­cent Har­ri­son said: “We are very proud of this top qual­ity honey as it was pro­duced on our own land and is tes­ta­ment to the fact the air qual­ity and sur­round­ing veg­e­ta­tion at Dublin Air­port is ex­cel­lent for the bees to thrive.”

In­tro­duc­ing na­tive Ir­ish bees to the lo­cal Dublin Air­port en­vi­ron­ment helps bio­di­ver­sity, as bees are es­sen­tial pol­li­na­tors.

Colonies of bees can cover up around eight square miles as they col­lect food.

The air­port’s hives were in­stalled with the help and ad­vice of the Fin­gal North Dublin Bee­keep­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion and the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Food

Air­port’s Emer Tier­ney & restau­rant boss Michael Thorn­ton and the Ma­rine. They are tended to by Colm Fogarty, who has 15 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in bee­keep­ing.

The 250,000strong colony in the air­port’s api­ary feed on nearby wild plants such as clover, blackberry, bram­ble and hawthorn.

Mr Fogarty said: “This blend of flora gives Nect-air its pleas­antly mild, gen­tly sweet flavour, along with its rich tex­ture, warm­ing am­ber hue, del­i­cate aroma and slightly nutty un­der­tone.”

Pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling through Dublin Air­port will find the honey on sale at Mar­qette’s main out­let, which is lo­cated be­yond the se­cu­rity screen­ing area in Ter­mi­nal 1.

Its gen­eral man­ager Michael Thorn­ton added: “We pride our­selves on serv­ing dishes made from lo­cally grown fresh pro­duce and Nect-air is a per­fect fit for us.

“This part­ner­ship with Dublin Air­port also helps us keep our prom­ise to con­trib­ute to a more sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment.”

Num­ber of hives on air­port land which house 250,000 bees

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STING IN THE TALE Sile O’kane & bee­keeper Colm Fogarty

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