Commitment to the art

Even before recorded history, our ancestors flew birds of prey. From the Steppes of Asia, to medieval Europe, from five thousand years ago to the present day, Falconry has become a way of life for Falconers around the world

Whether or not you have experienced Falconry before, you will get a chance to handle these magnificent creatures, letting them fly from your gloved hand and returning to feed. It is a profound experience to interact so closely with a hunting animal.

At Hawkeye School of Falconry, we are totally dedicated to this Ancient Sport of Kings. This, the noblest of all field sports, gives you the unique opportunity to personally fly, handle, feed and interact with some of our trained Hawks and Owls. We adhere to a very high standard of Falconry and only use practicing Falconers for all our services.

Hawkeye School of Falconry was established to Promote and Conserve the Art of falconry.

We are a small family run school not a bird of prey centre or a zoo. All our birds are working birds and get to fly free almost every day.

We fund the everyday running of the school by holding Falconry courses, Falconry Experiences, Hawk walks, corporate entertainment, and so much more, all by appointment only.

During the pandemic in the midst of a lockdown we decided to take the opportunity while business was quiet to evolve our business into what was always just a dream.

We had begun with one mobile falconry unit on the road and within a year had become two mobile units providing falconry to various hotels in the South-East of Ireland.

Although we really enjoyed travelling to various hotels we longed for a base – a Falconry School to call home for our feathered family. We were thrilled and very grateful when the idea that we put to Xavier McAuliffe, the owner of Lyrath Estate, was an idea he liked and was happy to make this dream become a reality for us.

At Hawkeye School of Falconry, we provide various Falconry experiences at our School which is set upon 170 acres of beautiful Irish countryside at the Luxurious 5-star Lyrath Estate Hotel and Spa in the Medieval city of Kilkenny.

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