We went to Dublin Falconry a couple of days ago. It was so good, I have been tempted to write my first review.
First of all, it is very easy to get to from Dublin city and very easy to find. It is located in the Court Lough Shooting grounds which is a very big outdoor activity and adventure centre, so it is well sign posted. Court Lough is state of the art, modern, etc. Everyone there is very friendly and helpful.
Trevor is the man behind Dublin Falconry and he is an absolute gent. We went for a two person Hawk Walk experience and he really pulled out all the stops.
In terms of what we did; Trevor introduced us to the birds, which involved a walk around his 'centre' which is now received 'Zoo' status. It is always nice to see a place like this kept so clean and so well run - but that is no surprise, Trevor obviously loves these birds (and his two dogs!).
There seems to be a great variety of birds, hawks, falcons and owls. Trevor introduced us to them all, told us various facts about them and answered all of our questions. He's spent a lifetime with these animals and he's clearly an expert.
He showed us all the various equipment, what he needs to do to care for the animals, in terms of weighing, feeding, habitat, etc. Then it was off for a walk with the hawk where it flew to us, landed on our gloves, walked(!), and flew all around the area. The whole time Trevor was telling us how he cares for the animals, what they are capable of, what is involved in training, conservation issues, etc. Like I said, he's clearly an expert and the whole thing was very, very educational.
We also got to see Trevor guide a young Falcon and have it catch the lure and feed. This involved more equipment (a high-tec tracking device), and so on. And then we met an Owl and again, he told us all kinds of fascinating things about the it.
All in all this was a really great way to spend a day. Clearly, everyone involved, from Court Lough to Trevor, really do their best to provide a fun, safe, educational and entertaining experience. I'm 30, and I still felt like a kid learning and having fun with the birds.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
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