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Helena Newenham, who holds a BSc. in Food Science from University College Cork and is a third generation beekeeper at Coolmore Bees, has been beekeeping with her father on their family farm in Co. Cork for almost 8 years.
Coolmore Bees are now one of the largest beekeepers in Ireland, supplying raw, Irish multi-floral honey to many shops around Cork. However, their main focus is on the breeding and conservation of the native Irish honeybee.
By working closely with researchers in National University of Ireland Galway and University of Limerick, their aim is to overcome one of the main causes of the decline of bees in Ireland, the dreaded varroa mite, by developing a