I attended the first day of a beekeeping course in Naas, hoping to emerge from it a beekeeper myself -- or someone who knows how. They booked a room at the local hotel, and were surprised to see it packed so tightly that many people were standing along the walls.
The local association usually has between 30 and 70 people, they said -- less in prosperous times, more in lean times. I counted more than 60 people who showed up wanting to join, for this single class. Make of that what you will.