Ireland swans decline but thankfully not ‘The Children of Lire’

Report here in the Irish Times about the decline of Bewick Swans in Ireland the species now winter further north in Germany as temperatures are warmer:

https://www.irishtimes.com/…/swan-census-part-of-european-r…

However the good news is Whooper swans which travel South from Iceland to winter in Ireland are on the increase it seems, Whooper swans are of course synonymous with the Legend of ‘The Children of Lir’ in Irish culture.

Image: Sculpture at Ballycastle, Co Antrim, celebrates the second three hundred years of the three cycle odyssey of the enchanted swans, ‘The Children of Lir’, when they spent 300 years at ‘The Sea of Moyle’.

Bernrd Moffatt

Assistant General Secretary Celtic League (20 January 2020)

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