EAST CLARE is home to a pair of rare
White-tailed Eagles that have successfully
hatched chicks in Ireland for the first time in over
100 years. This pair also created history in 2012
when they nested for the first time on an island
near Mountshannon, Co. Clare, on the shore of
scenic Lough Derg.
These are the first chicks of the high profile
re-introduction programme which began in 2007
with the release of young Norwegian eagles in
Killarney National Park as part of the
White-tailed Eagle re-introduction programme
developed and funded by the Department of
Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership
with Golden Eagle Trust.
The eagle pair made Mountshannon their home
in 2011 and it is expected they will remain and
nest here every year. The eagle chicks are flying
since late July and are expected to remain in the
area for some months. The eagles have
generated huge interest locally and nationally.
“It’s fantastic that the high profile conservation
effort to restore this magnificent eagle to Ireland is
now proving successful in East Clare,” said Project
Manager, Dr. Allan Mee.
“We knew that Lough Derg would be a great place for White-tailed Eagles but we didn’t realise when we released the birds in Killarney that our first nest would be here in Mountshannon. The eagles are a real addition to the area and the people of East Clare should be proud to have the rst pair nesting in this beautiful area!”
Over the weeks and months people have
travelled from all over Ireland to see the eagles.
“We invite anyone keen to see this amazing wildlife
spectacle to come to Mountshannon to see
White-tailed Eagles for themselves and discover all
that East Clare has to offer!!”