Home to the Blarney Stone and fields of clover, Ireland once sported numerous golden eagles which graced its skies. Featured in Celtic poetry and art, the golden eagles, with their yellowish- brown head and neck, were once common, until Victorian trophy- hunters drove the species to its demise on the island a hundred years ago. Now conservationists have intervened to change this feathery fate, and it appears to be working. Under a scheme to bring back these birds of prey, six were reintroduced into the remote Donegal hills in 2001, and now some nesting sites have been sited. With another 35 having also been recently released, here’s hoping Ireland’s golden eagles will soon soar to greater numbers than its four-leaf clovers.

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