About Us

How we started

Donegal Bees was founded in 2013 by Thomas Ellis. Thomas began by making CDB hives in a small shed for some neighbours and friends, and over time realized that was quite expensive for the average beekeeper to purchase high-quality beehives and beekeeping equipment in Ireland. It was then the idea Donegal Bees was born.

Donegal Bees is now co-owned and directed by Thomas Ellis and Áine Curran. Áine joined the company in 2015 with extensive experience in customer service, accounting, and office management/systems. Our goal is to make beekeeping more affordable for everyone in order to sustain beekeeping culture in Ireland as it is so vitally important for our environment. If you’re new to the world of beekeeping, we have a number of products in our catalogue that are perfect to help kickstart your beekeeping career or hobby. Seasoned expert? Well, you probably know what you’re looking for, but we’re here to help you if you get stuck.

Meet the Donegal Bees Team!

Beeswax Exchange Services

Looking to produce your own beeswax sheets? Our excellent wax exchange service gives you the chance to exchange your raw beeswax for foundation sheets.

We’re also offering a brand new wax conversion service - when you (or your team of beekeeping friends) have 500lbs (224kg) or more of beeswax, we’ll convert it into foundation sheets for you. By sending this volume through in one order, you’re guaranteed to receive your own beeswax back.

If you have any queries or questions about our wax exchange or conversion services then feel free to get in touch and we’ll do our best to help


Monday – Friday 9am-5pm | Saturday Opening hours vary, please phone ahead at least a day in
advance | Sunday CLOSED
* Closed for Christmas 2022 from 23rd of December to the 5th of January 2023

If you’re visiting the premises, please call us in advance so we can make arrangements for someone to meet you. We attend a lot of conferences and shows throughout the year and might not be available - we don’t want you to be disappointed when you arrive!

If you’d like to discuss your beekeeping needs, phone us on: +353 (0) 74 97 10140 (IE) or +44 (0) 20 3582 3502 (UK)

If you can’t seem to find the product you need on our website be sure to get in contact with us, and we’ll do our best to source the product that you need.

We hope you have a successful future of beekeeping!

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