Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday August 27th 2017

On Mooney Goes Wild tonight: The Beeman

On Saturday, June 25th 2005, a man from Monaghan endeavoured to make it into the Guinness Book Of World Records.  The record-breaking attempt featured live on Mooney Goes Wild, and the man at the centre of all the buzz was our very own bee expert, Philip McCabe.  From that moment on, he became known as 'The Beeman'.  Fast forward twelve years, and Philip is now President of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeeper's Associations (

Philip McCabe in his record-breaking attempt to attract the most bees; for more photos from the event, visit

In this brand new documentary, Philip travels with presenter and producer Derek Mooney to the places that influenced and formed him, from the post office in Newbliss, Monaghan, that was his childhood family home, to Louth where we meet Philip's wife Mary.  Along the way, Philip regales us with tales of growing up in the border town, and his father's role in the War of Independence, to his early days of beekeeping during the Troubles.  We find Philip back at school, at the Presentation School Primary School in Drogheda, as he captivates the next generation with stories about the importance of bees.  We hear about how he overcame the pain of losing his daughter-in-law and grandson, and the solace he finds in the church choir.  And we learn about how his involvement as President of Apimondia has seen him travel from Kazakhstan to Dubai to Tehran, addressing politicians, presidents and princes, helping explain to those at the very highest level why we need to do all we can to protect the world's bee populations...

Left: Philip in the Mooney Goes Wild studio with Eanna ni Lamhna, Mairead McGuinness MEP and Derek Mooney; Right: inspecting the beehives

Visiting pupils at Presentation Primary School, Drogheda, in his beekeeping (or Sherriff) suit

Left: Philip back in Monaghan, heading for his childhood village of Newbliss; Right: outside the former Post Office in Newbliss that was home to Philip growing up

Left: Philip and Mary McCabe at home; Right: Mary McCabe admiring a montage of Philips achievements

Singing with Termonfechin church choir

As President of the 39th Apimondia Congress in 2005, Philip was instrumental in bringing this major event to Ireland; to mark the occasion, a special stamp was issued by An Post

Philip is now the worldwide President of Apimondia (the International Federation of Beekeeper's Associations)

Pictured here at Bee Week 2016 in Brussels; (i) clockwise from top left: Philip deep in conversation with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco; (ii) Gerry Ryan (President of the Federation of Irish Beekeeper's Associations, or FIBKA -, Eamon Magee (former President of FIBKA), Philip McCabe and Mairead McGuiness MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament; (iii) Philip with Mairead McGuinness MEP and Mariya Gabriel MEP, the organisers of Bee Week 2016; (iv) Philip addresses beekeepers, scientists, farmers, researchers, politicians and a prince, as he delivers the opening address at the European Week of Bees and Pollinators.  For more information about Bee Week, visit

To read Philip's Bee Factsheet,


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