IN PICTURES: School Laois enjoys reading children’s books for Bee Day – Photo 1 of 8

Children at a primary school in Laois enjoyed a special reading about bees on the recent World Bee Day.

Laois author Johnny Renko, aka former Senator John Whelan, visited Shanganamore National School, Barrowhouse to read his book The Last Beekeeper, and see the many school projects and activities they have been working on throughout the year to stimulate nature, biodiversity, habitats and environmental awareness.

The Last Beekeeper, Reading Aloud project is described as more than just reading, but as an interactive sensory session involving storytelling, songs and a drum circle. All of these elements are intertwined in a way that cuts through the storyline, its origins, and its inspiration.

“The event was a resounding success thanks to the enthusiasm and interest of the 5th and 6th graders who were particularly attentive and involved,” the author then declared.

The moral of the engaging children’s book The Last Beekeeper, a tale of two children who go on an adventure to save the nature of the world, is that who knows where it will go next, because the final chapter has yet to be written. , and it is in the hands of the sixth graders of Shanganamore and their generation.

The event was to coincide with the recent National Biodiversity Week and World Bee Day.

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Fame of the Jabba Jabba Jembe Drumming Circle.

One of their teachers is Eilish Candy.

“It was very enjoyable, and you could see the kids were into it and captivated from the start, really curious about the story and how it turned out. It fit perfectly with the work they did. on the environment and their nature murals,” she said.

Schoolchildren also wanted to learn more about the book, its sources of influence, its origin and the impressive cover image, an original painting by Canadian artist Autumn Skye Morrisson.

Professor Patrick Kennedy said it inspired the children.

“It was really fantastic for us today in terms of English lessons and reading, word meanings, language use and as we encourage students to write their own stories we also talk about the “The importance of opening sentences. Having a hook and engaging the reader, so it’s really beneficial and encouraging,” he said.

The Last Beekeeper team would like to thank Muireann Ní Chonnaill and the Laois Arts Office for their support, and to the principal of Shanganamore NS, Barrowhouse, Pauline Lawlor and her team Eilish Candy, Patrick Kennedy and Christine Wall for their warm welcome and their enthusiastic support. for this event.

The project was made possible with support from the Laois Arts Office and the Local Live Performance Scheme, funded by the Department of Culture and the Arts.
More information about The Last Beekeeper can be found at