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Outdoor Adventure with Dee the Bee

Councillor Aoife Davitt  Mayor of Mullingar Kinnegad Municipal District ‌was joined by Mary Stuart County Librarian and author Dolores Keaveney for the launch of the Storybook Trail  initiative  on Monday 20th September and the Mayor said

 “It is a pleasure to be here today with Dolores and for Westmeath Co Council to partner with her on this project.Dolores is a very accomplished craftsperson; illustrator, author, artist & publisher.  Her work is inspiring, full of enthusiasm and vibrant. How lucky we are to have “Dee the Bee” grace us on our beautiful rail trail.  Dolores has given us a glimpse into the busy world of a bee and the importance of their work as they hop & skip from flower to flower. Thank you to the staff of Westmeath Co Council, to Mary & Catriona for their work on this initiative and bringing it from its infancy to the twelve storyboards we can enjoy on our railway route.”

 Mary Stuart said that Westmeath Libraries is  delighted to use “Dee the Bee”, written and illustrated by Dolores Keaveney a local illustrator and author.

Dee the Bee StoryBook Trail

 Dolores Keaveney said “she is delighted to have Dee the Bee here in Mullingar on the greenway and especially along the old rail trail as her father worked on the railway for over 50 years… it is unbelievable it’s here


The storybook trail is an initiative of Westmeath County Council Libraries and Environment.  It is a new outdoor adventure for all the family.  The storybook trail encourages literacy and exercise and is an educational The Dee the Bee Storybook Trail was launched on 20 September 2021 by Cllr. Aoife Davitt, Mayor and fun way to build a child’s interest in reading while engaging in outdoor activity. 

The storybook trail is an enjoyable stroll of 550m located on the Old Rail Trail Greenway. It starts near the Newbrook Bridge entrance in Mullingar.

 There are 12 boards to find and read along your walk.  The Storybook Trail will be available to explore for approx. 2 months.

 Westmeath Libraries invite you to get out and explore the trail and share your adventure online by tagging Westmeath Libraries and using #WLDeetheBee – upload to facebook, Instagram or twitter.

Don’t forget that  Mullingar Library is open 6 days a week and there are lots of books to spark the imagination further.  Membership is free and there are no fines for overdue books.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 22/09/2021