A difficult year for beekeepers as poor weather hits Irish produced honey.

This year's bad summer does not bode well for bees and the honey harvest, say Irish beekeepers. The levels produced to date are so low nationwide that honey shows are being cancelled.

Denis Deasy of the Irish Beekeeping Association who was introduced to the world of bees by his father says no-one can remember any year quite as bad as this one. 

Never has the year in both our lives been so bad for beekeeping. 

Ground temperatures for June and July were below average, which meant that the required cop of white clover did not materialise, and,  

The bees stayed at home living on their savings. 

There is a small glimmer of hope for the remainder of the season however, says beekeeper Michael Mac Giolla Coda, 

The best we can hope for now is to get some return from the heather crop. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 August 1980. The reporter is Michael Walsh.