Playgrounds Not Quite Ready
June 8, 2020
Greystones Lost & Found
June 16, 2020

This is a happy story that we really should have posted at least a week ago..

Stubbornly though,we wanted to make a nice poster for each of the five winners of the Bee Route Short Story competition…

And when there’s something new happening in Greystones every 3.2 seconds, that meant we kept putting this little arts project aside, just until we get this one urgent post up.

Oh, and this one too.

So, apologies to each of the five winners – and to organisers Jodie Neary, Jillian Godsil and Marlena Murphy – for the far-from-short delay here.

More importantly though, congrats to these five wonderful writers, each delivering a little bit of sunny sweetness with their thought-provoking tales. Our need to ensure that the nature around is remains balanced has never been more urgent, and these five short stories – all based around the theme of The Sunflower And The Bee – reflect just how strongly our children recognise this.

Many, unsurprisingly, celebrated the Bee Route Project running through Greystones and beyond, such rewilding a major step in helping our all-important buzzy little friends survive.

And by extension, hey, us too!

“I wanted to encourage children to take part in the competition not only to raise awareness about biodiversity,” says Cllr Neary, “but also to document their relationship with the nature environment during the Covid-19 lockdown. I often feel that children are left out of national discussions on the topic of biodiversity when really it’s children we should be targeting. We need to nurture their curiosity which will be essential in the future preservation of our natural heritage.”

So, big congrats to 5-year-old Siena Murphy, 8-year-old Kayla Chiverton, 10-year-old Martha Woodley, 12-year-old Paddy Marrinan and 11-year-old Tia Ann Jain.

If any of you fine authors feel like writing about Greystones for 10 hours a day, seven days a week, do get in touch. Please!

Now, go check out some of the other wonderful writers to emerge out of this hellhole of a town right here.