Ruffle some feathers at the Kilkenny Walking Festival

Bird lovers will have a unique chance to learn about various Irish species during a special Birdwatch Walk & Talk in Castlecomer Discovery Park next week as part of the Kilkenny Walking Festival.

Bird lovers will have a unique chance to learn about various Irish species during a special Birdwatch Walk & Talk in Castlecomer Discovery Park next week as part of the Kilkenny Walking Festival.

This is the fourth week of the inaugural Festival which has to date attracted hundreds of adults and children from all over the county and beyond to over 60 events.

The Birdwatch Walk & Talk – which takes place on Sunday April 22nd at 10 a.m. and which is a free event – is being hosted by Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny.

Birdwatch Ireland member Michael Hackett said the one-and-a-half hour walk through the Discovery Park woodland will give nature lovers a chance to see various species of birds, including woodland birds such as the Treecreeper.

“In general we are seeing a huge interest in bird watching and our monthly events are very well supported in Kilkenny” according to Hackett.

The new Kilkenny Walking Festival is a collaboration between Trail Kilkenny, which champions the development of a range of high quality walking, cycling and other leisure trails in the County, and the Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership which works with local communities facilitating and promoting more active lifestyles.

Hundreds of people and families turned out to take advantage of the good weather to enjoy the first three weeks of the festival which was particularly busy over the Easter holiday period. There are still lots of event to enjoy before the Festival ends on April 30th, both free and ticketed.

The Birdwatch Walk & Talk is Free. The contact is Michael at 086 1037497

The full Festival programme and details of how to book can be downloaded at www.kilkennywalkingfestival.ie

Other highlights of Week Four of the Festival include:

Bluebell walk, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Sat April 21st, 10.30 a.m. (€10 for families. Phone 056 4440707 to book)

Foraging for Kids, Canal Square, Sat April 21st, 11 a.m (€5 Children. Adults Free. Phone Mary White 059 9773849

Tory Hill Walk, Sat April 21st, 11 a.m. (FREE. Phone Eoin 056 7752111)

Scavenger Hunt, Sat April 21st, Castlecomer Discovery Park, 12.30 p.m. (€10 Families – 056 4440707)

Foraging on the River Nore, Sat April 21st, Bennettsbridge Primary School, 2 p.m. (Adults €20, Children €5 – Phone Mary White 059 9773849)

Shankill Castle Garden Walk, Sat Apr 21st/Sun April 22nd, Front Door, 3 p.m. (€5 – No need to book)

Woodstock & Mount Alto with Tyndall Walking Club, Sun April 22nd, Kilkenny Cinema, 9.30 a.m. (FREE – no need to book)

Slievenamon with Kilkenny Walkers Club, Sun April 22nd, Castle Park, 9.30 a.m. (FREE – no need to book)

Mount Juliet Garden Trail & Afternoon Tea, Sun April 22nd, Hunters Yard, 2 p.m. (€60 Families, €27.50 Adults, €12.50 Children – Ph 056 7773000)

Mount Juliet Estate Walking Trail (Including tea and scones), Mon April 23rd, House reception, 3 p.m., (€50 Families, €20 Adults, €10 children – Ph 056 7773000)

City Walk Series – Lacken Walk, Mon April 23rd, Council Car Park, Maudlin St, 7 p.m. (FREE – Ph 056 7720870)

Walk & Jewellery Skills Workshop, Tues April 24th, Castlecomer Discovery Park, 10 a.m., (€30 Adults – Ph 056 4440707)

Scavenger Hunt, Wed April 25th, Castlecomer Discovery Park, 12.30 p.m. (€10 Families – 056 4440707)

Mount Juliet Garden Trail & Afternoon Tea, Wed April 25th, Hunters Yard, 2 p.m. (€60 Families, €27.50 Adults, €12.50 Children – Phone 056 7773000)

Mount Juliet Estate Walking Trail (including tea and scones), Wed April 25th, House reception, 3 p.m. (€50 Families, €20 Adults, €10 Children – Phone 056 7773000)

Riverbank Eco Trail, Wed April 25th, Waterside B&B, Graiguenamanagh, 7 p.m., (€15 Adults, €15 children) Phone Mary White 059 9773849.