Some time ago the TG4 programme Gearra Glas hasa feature of Peadar Ó Riada making a somewhat similar beehive. He got the straw in a bog and plaited it. As a child he was taught by an old local man Mr. Creed.
Skeps are thought to have been used by St. Gobnait Baile Bhúirne, meaning “Town of the Beloved”, in what is now the West Muskerry Gaeltacht. There is a strong tradition in that area of bee keeping.
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The late Jehr McCarthy had a small farm in Kilcrohane village. He kept hives and made them in a traditional manner. He collected strong briars in the summer and seasoned them in the chimney over the winter. It is hoped shortly to have photographs and a more elaborate description.