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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Croak park calling children to the wild

Grainne Cunningham

DISCOVER your wild child this weekend by celebrating the great outdoors across the country.

Wild Child Day this Saturday is aimed at encouraging families and kids to interact with the natural world.

The event is part of Heritage Week, which runs from August 21-29, with venues all over Ireland modifying their attractions to appeal to children. Most of the week's events are free.

At the Skibbereen Heritage Centre in West Cork, scientists from University College, Cork, will introduce children to the wonderful creatures to be found in Lough Hyne, and children can see, handle and learn about creatures normally only seen under water.

Meanwhile, Galway will showcase its very own 'Dead Zoo', with booking essential.

Children can also talk to the animals at Farmleigh House in Dublin's Phoenix Park, or the very brave can join the Bat Walk along the canal in Castleknock.

There are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with birds of prey, either at the Irish Raptor Research Centre, Ballymote, Sligo, or Glenveagh National Park in Donegal. For a full list of events, see

Irish Independent

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