White tailed eagles demonstrate good judgement in choosing Clare as their home – Breen

April 30th, 2012 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael TD for Clare, Pat Breen, has today (Monday) welcomed confirmation that a pair of White-tailed Eagles has been breeding near Mountshannon in County Clare – the first documented nesting attempt for the species in Ireland in over 100 years. The eagles were released in Killarney National Park, Co Kerry and settled in the Mountshannon area, near Lough Derg in early 2011.

“Given the natural beauty of the area near Lough Derg where they have nested, I can well understand why the eagles have re-located from their original base in Kerry.

“In all seriousness though, I am delighted by this news. It is a massive breakthrough for the White-tailed Eagle reintroduction programme which has been developed and funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

“The fact that a pair of the eagles has nested and laid eggs gives us great hope that this beautiful species can once again become a sustainable part of our ecosystem.

“I dearly hope that today’s news will be the first of many announcements of breeding pairs of White-tailed Eagles in Clare and all along the west coast. Our natural environment will be the richer for it.

“From a tourism perspective this could have real benefits for County Clare. We are already blessed with fantastic natural beauty including the Cliffs of Moher and the West Clare coastline, the Burren, Loop Head Lighthouse and Lough Derg.

“Clare is also a haven for birdwatchers and Poulnasharry Bay is particularly renowned as a nesting ground for many bird species. I am sure that this development will further attract visitors to the County.”