LEGO beehive goes viral

A beehive built from LEGO bricks has attracted attention from news outlets worldwide.

Ruairi O Leocháin of Athlone Wildlife Apiaries shared a video of his LEGO beehive online and it has been picked up by news outlets big and small proving a viral sensation.

A beehive which an Athlone schoolteacher and wildlife activist made out of lego has been creating a real buzz since video footage of it was shared online in recent days. The main structure is built from classic blocks, with three little entrances build with doors and windows. Fence elements are used to keep flowers on the sides.

“To be honest, I wasn’t expecting such a big reaction,” O Leocháin told Independent Westmeath. “”I have had people getting in touch with me from China, America, and elsewhere saying that they love the idea.

“I had the idea before Covid-19, so when that happened I thought I would order a load of lego and see what happens with it. I’ve been making it bit-by-bit over the last eight weeks or so.”

Currently, there are around 30,000 Irish black bees in the hive, with the beekeeper expecting that to rise to between 50,000 and 60,000 over the summer.

O Leocháin has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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