All Ireland no competition for magnificent birds at Kilruddery
FALCONER Tommy Byrne travelled from Carlow last Sunday to put on a spectacular exhibition in the magnificent scenery at Killruddery House.
The display included around eight falcons and one owl, and was attended by over 400 people. Tommy and his trained birds will return to the Bray gardens again next Sunday from 1 p.m.
Tommy, who has a brother living in Greystones, recently appeared on RTE’s Consuming Passions and while his falcons are often used for pest control, he wants to make superstars of them and have them in exhibitions on a more regular basis.
His two daughters were there helping their dad on the day and were very capable at handling the birds on the lawn terrace up by the rock, overlooking the house.
A representative of Killruddery said that is was wonderful to see so many people there on a day when there was plenty of sport on the television.
There were several amateur photographers there and staff said they are very interested in seeing the results. Anyone who would like to send a picture can email it to email@example.com. If one of the pictures from the day stands out as exceptional, the photographer will be presented with a family season pass worth ¤60.
Tommy Byrne with one of the eight falcons he brought to Kilruddery House for the display.
Amy Barnes, wide eyed with wonder.
BELOW: The owl kept a watchful eye over proceedings.
Tim Hayden, Jack Holland and Katie and Eva Holland enjoying the show.