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Olly's Farm

My name is Olly, I’m a smallholder living up in the Dublin Mountains. In September 2012, after a lot of searching around Dublin, I bought a house with some land up in the Dublin mountains in the beautiful valley of Glenasmole and set about making it into a smallholding.


I’m a smallholder and beefarmer producing truly local raw honey collected by my bees in their beehives around South County Dublin and North Wicklow. Some of my bees live in pretty beautiful and interesting places such as the roof of the Teeling Whiskey Distilery, Powerscourt Estate and Killruddery House & Gardens.


All my honey is 100% raw, local Irish honey straight from my beehives, unlike some other beekeepers I don’t buy or sell any other beekeepers’ honey. Every jar I produce is fully traceable back to the apiary it came from. Some of these honeys include my range of heather, softset and blossom.


I also run farm tours and beekeeping experiences where anyone can come along and see what it’s like to be a beekeeper. Learn how the bees work and make honey, get into a bee suit and visit the hives.


SuperValu have been a great help on this journey in the form of the Food Academy, they have provided the opportunity and the tools for small artisan producers like myself to get our produce onto the shelves of our local stores. The Food Academy takes a group of artisan producers under their wings and gives workshops and mentoring sessions to help us artisan producers compete with the big boys and this in turn puts money back into the local economy.


I’m hoping to continue growing my number of beehives (currently 290) over the coming years. As I expand I hope to be stocked in more shops around Dublin.


As I grow and expand I’ll need help working with my bees and I’ll be looking for people interested in a career in beekeeping to come on board to help with this. 


Recent awards:

Euro-Toques 2023 Food Awards finalist

McKenns’s Guide Best in Ireland 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Great Taste 2022 - 2 Gold Stars for my Heather honey

Great Taste 2022 - 2 Gold Stars for my Blossom honey

Iris Country Magazine Awards 2022 finalist

Blas nah Eireann 2021 Chef’s Choice for my Glenasmole Pollen

Great Taste 2021 - 2 Gold Stars for my Heather honey

Blas nah Eireann 2020 bronze for my Heather honey

Great Taste 2020 - 1 Gold Star for my Blossom honey

Great Taste 2020 - 1 Gold Star for my Heather honey

Great Taste 2018 - 2 Gold Stars for my Blossom honey

Great Taste 2018 - 2 Gold Stars for my Heather honey

Blas na hEireann 2018 bronze for my Blossom honey

Blas na hEireann 2017 Gold for my Heather honey

Blas na hEireann 2017 Best Food Producer in County Dublin

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