Co Donegal golden eagle rears chick in wild

An Irish bred golden eagle has successfully reared a chick in the wild for the first time in more than 100 years.

Golden eagles were wiped out in Ireland through habitat changes and widespread hunting in the early 1900s.

A scheme to reintroduce the birds of prey to Ireland saw a number of Scottish-bred chicks released in County Donegal between 2001 and 2012.

Three separate pairs of golden eagles fledged a chick in 2017 in Donegal.

Lorcan O’Toole, of the Golden Eagle Trust, says if the Golden Eagle population continues to grow we couled see them spread into Sligo and Leitrim: