FALCONRY: Dan Loughlin showing of the birds to Noah Crawley from Killarney at the interactive falconry demonstration at Ross Castle on Sunday: Pic: Dylan Clifford

On Sunday a falconry display was held at the courtyard of Ross Castle as part of a programme of national events for Heritage Week.

Liam Regan from Falconry Kerry brought a hawk, a peregrine falcon and some beautiful tawny owls to enchant almost 300 visitors over the one and a half hours.

“Seeing the falcon swooping from the turrets brought us all back to a time when the O’Donoghue Chieftains might have been partaking in that very same pastime,” Majella Starrett, Head Guide of Ross Castle, said. “There were a lot of enquiries about this event during the week and it is an area with great potential, though the local duck population were not too impressed.”

The fine weather encouraged a great turnout. Members of the public were given a chance to interact with the magnificent birds as well as learn amazing facts about them from Liam and also Dan Loughlin. It was a wonderful opportunity for adults and children alike to get close to birds normally only seen on wildlife documentaries, she added.

Falconry Kerry can arrange hawk walks and opportunities to free-fly and meet and hold birds for private groups. Please email falconrykerry@gmail.com or call 087 127 9745 to pre-book.

Emma O’Connor from Killarney with the African Spotted Eagle Owl at the interactive falconry demonstration at Ross Castle on Sunday: Pic: Dylan Clifford

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