All Ire­land no com­pe­ti­tion for mag­nif­i­cent birds at Kil­rud­dery

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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 info@kill­rud­dery.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.

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