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White-tailed sea eagle chicks spread their wings

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Eddie the white-tailed eagle. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Eddie the white-tailed eagle. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

Eddie the white-tailed eagle. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

THIS year’s crop of six young white-tailed sea eagle chicks are now busy exploring the wider world around them as they break their ties with their parents and learn to fend for themselves. After taking flight for the first time in July, at 11-14 weeks old, the youngsters are now proficient fliers so it came as no surprise when one was spotted by a local farmer on Inis Meáin in the Aran Islands. Others have dispersed to south-west Kerry and east Galway.

The 2016 Killarney chick, a female named ‘Danú’ named after the Celtic goddess or the nearby Paps of Danú, left her nest in mid-July but only began to venture away from the lakes of Killarney in late September. She returned to Killarney then finally departed on October 1 when she headed west towards Waterville where she remains. Her satellite tracks show that she even spent the night next to another eagle nest in west Kerry that also produced a chick this year.

Meanwhile the last straggler to leave home, ‘Eddie’ the Glengarriff chick, is yet to make the move out while his parents continue to feed him. Both parents and chick have been thrilling local boatmen and tourists.
Time will tell how these young eagles will fare. “Some may not make it through their first winter when having to find enough food to survive is a big challenge. Young eagles are especially dependent on carrion cavenge often in the uplands. However, the omens so far are encouraging for this new generation of wild Irish-bred birds,” said Dr Allan Mee of the Irish White-tailed Sea Eagle Reintroduction Programme.
 


 
Above: Eddie the white-tailed eagle. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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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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