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I don't bee-lieve it, Dublin Airport to sell its homemade honey

Honey from Dublin Airport's bee hives is now on sale at the Marqette restaurant in Terminal 1.

The 100% natural Irish honey called Nect-Air is harvested from four hives housing more than a quarter of a million Irish dark native honey bees on airport owned land. 

And it is now available in 340g jars to buy exclusively in Marqette restaurant in Terminal 1 at a cost of €9.95 each.

Marqette is the first restaurant at the airport to stock Nect-Air, reveals Dublin Airport's managing director, Vincent Harrison.

He enthues: “We are thrilled to work with Marqette to make our honey more widely available so that passengers have the opportunity to purchase Nect-Air.

"Now that it is on sale directly to passengers, Dublin Airport honey will bring a sweet taste of Ireland to consumers all over the world.”
The honey is already popular with customers, as it forms part of the menu in some of Dublin Airport’s own executive lounges.

“We are very proud of this top-quality honey as it was produced on our own land and is testament to the fact that the air quality and surrounding vegetation at Dublin Airport is excellent for the bees to thrive,” adds Harrison.

Marqette's general manager, Michael Thornton, says: "We pride ourselves on serving dishes made from locally grown fresh produce and Nect-Air is a perfect fit for us.

“This partnership with Dublin Airport also helps us keep our promise to contribute to a more sustainable environment."

Dublin Airport’s bee hives were installed on airport lands with the help and advice of the Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers’ Association and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The hives are tended to by local beekeeper Colm Fogarty, who has 15 years’ experience in beekeeping. 

“Honey bees are one of the most important species within our eco-system, they are crucial for the survival of most of our animal and plant population,” notes Fogarty. 

Introducing native Irish bees to the local Dublin Airport environment helps biodiversity, as bees are essential pollinators. Colonies of bees can cover an area of up to twelve square kilometres, working intensively for their food.

The 250,000 bees who live and work in the airport apiary feed on nearby wild plants such as clover, blackberry, bramble and hawthorn.

“This blend of flora gives Nect-Air its pleasantly mild, gently sweet flavour, along with its rich texture, warming amber hue, delicate aroma and slightly nutty undertone,” says Fogarty. 

Passengers travelling through Dublin Airport will find Nect-Air honey on sale at Marqette’s main outlet, which is located beyond the security screening area in Terminal 1.

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