Falconry Diary from Ireland’s School of Falconry
'Our time enjoying the Falconry walk with yourselves was the highlight of our action and site filled holiday. Our walk was filled with beautiful sights of both the surroundings and of the birds themselves in flight. The instructions we got were very clear and easy to understand and led to us having a wonderful experience. My Fiancée and I look back so fondly at our time with the hawks; Earrach and Geimhread. We want to thank you all so much for such a wonderful and memorable experience!'
‘We have been back home for about 3 weeks now from a 7 week tour through 8 countries. A standout highlight for Wendy and me was the Falconry at Ashford Castle - as an add on option to out Insight tour, to opt for this activity was one of the best decisions we could have made - absolutely fantastic. Your guide was superb in instructions, communication and extreme friendliness. The experience was one of the highlights of our lives. keep up the fantastic work.’.
‘Ashford Castle and the “Hawk Walk” were certainly the highlights of our Ireland vacation. The whole “hawk walk” experience is one that we will always treasure as it provides such a unique opportunity to interact with the birds up close and personal. We really enjoyed your enthusiasm and in depth knowledge.’
‘I just wanted to let you know how much my daughter and I enjoyed the Falconry at Ashford Castle. It was the highlight of our stay in Ireland. We were late to our appointment and your employees did everything they could to accommodate us. They were informative and enthusiastic and made the experience unforgettable.’
‘My family and I were fortunate enough to do one of your falconry classes last summer. It was the highlight of our trip! I am a travel agent and recommended your class to my clients.’
‘Marty and I want to thank each of you for making our hawking experience a gift of a lifetime. Your enthusiasm and love for these amazing creatures is a testament to all that is good between man and beast. The knowledge you impart to others about these beautiful birds goes a long way into keeping this ancient art alive in the hearts and minds of people like us.’
‘We came, we saw and it was fantastic.’
‘This is just a quick Email to say thankyou for the Hawk Walk you gave my Father and I on Saturday. It was something I’ve always wanted to do and it didn’t disappoint. In fact I wish I had the training required so I could apply for a job and get away from my office desk. It really is an excellent, professional and friendly set-up you have there and we really felt like we had personal treatment. You had great patience with all of our questions. Thanks again and I’m sure I’ll be back to visit again.’
‘Here are some pictures from our day out with the baby hawks in August. We had such a wonderful time! The birds were just amazing and we fell in love with them. Thank you so much for making our afternoon so special.’
‘Falconry experience was something we will never forget. What an awesome experience. Thank you.’
‘My husband Ken Burtis and our friend Justin O’Connor recently experienced the joys of Falconry at your school. I tagged along to take pictures. It was a wonderful afternoon. Our instructor, Aurelie, was both informative and entertaining. She taught us about your beautiful birds and made us all at ease enough to truly enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. The hawks, Earrach and Fomhar were magnificent. I have attached some photos – to me they really paint a picture of the moment when the hawk returns to the handler. As I said, magnificent! We have been raving about this experience to all our friends and hopefully some of them may get to experience the thrill of falconry at your school for themselves. Our thanks to Aurelie and everyone on your team for a truly remarkable experience. We loved it!’
‘I want to thank you for arranging such a fascinating tour. Our Hawk Walk exceeded our expectations and was easily the most fun we had during our two week vacation in Ireland. As you know, it turned out to be a sunny morning and the forests surrounding Ashford Castle were beautiful together with our two magnificent birds, Seannachi and Uisce. We will be recommending the School of Falconry to our friends and, if we are ever in that area again, we will take another Hawk Walk!’
‘I just wanted to drop you a line to say what a wonderful day we have had today at the Falconry School. We were greeted by 3 of your lovely team who made us welcome from start to finish. We all thoroughly enjoyed our day and will definitely return to do it again in the future’.