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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.

[caption id="attachment_27914" align="aligncenter" width="1028"] Emma O'Connor from Killarney with the African Spotted Eagle Owl at the interactive falconry demonstration at Ross Castle on Sunday: Pic: Dylan Clifford[/caption]

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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