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Dan Bilzerian shares Drogheda falconer Brian McCann’s birds with audience of 30 million

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Dan Bilzerian hired Drogheda man Brian McCann for a private falconry display in Kildare.

Dan Bilzerian hired Drogheda man Brian McCann for a private falconry display in Kildare.

Multi-millionaire social influencer Dan Bilzerian pictured with Brian's Golden Eagle Boru. Photo Twitter

Multi-millionaire social influencer Dan Bilzerian pictured with Brian's Golden Eagle Boru. Photo Twitter

Self-styled playboy millionaire Dan Bilzerian, pictured at Staffan House with Carl and Brian McCann from Newgrange Falconry.

Self-styled playboy millionaire Dan Bilzerian, pictured at Staffan House with Carl and Brian McCann from Newgrange Falconry.

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Dan Bilzerian hired Drogheda man Brian McCann for a private falconry display in Kildare.

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When local falconer Brian McCann was hired for what he thought was a routine display at Straffan House in Co Kildare, little did he know his birds of prey would have an audience of up to 30 million people!

For the client booked to meet his magnificent feathered friends was none other than multi-millionaire American poker player and social influencer Dan Bilzerian (41), who was on a whistle-stop tour of the country.

With 33.5 million followers on Instagram alone, the video featuring Brian’s Golden eagle Boru posted by the self-styled playboy has been watched by 27.2m people all over the world so far, certainly making it the biggest audience yet for the Stameen man!

"It started out as a normal job in the beautiful house on the grounds of the K Club, where someone who was staying there wanted to do the falconry,” explained Brian, who runs Newgrange Falconry in Drogheda. “When I heard that, I knew it must have been someone special!”

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It was in fact the controversial businessman, and pal of Conor McGregor, Bilzerian, who had jetted into Dublin on his private plane hours before to stay in the Kildare mansion.

"I must admit I hadn’t heard of him, but I had my son Carl with me who told me he was a former Navy Seal turned poker player, who was followed by millions on social media,” says Brian. “He arrived with an entourage of beautiful women, and I realised this was a big deal!”

This was no ordinary display either, as not only did they want to see the birds of prey and their tricks, but his birds were also the stars of a professionally filmed video, which has attracted lots of attention on his Instagram account.

"I didn’t realise they would be in this film of his trip to Ireland, which is a little racy for my taste, but his followers seem to like it,” he says with a laugh. “I just think it is funny, as you never know who you might meet when you put on one of your shows.”

Brian is no stranger to celebrity clients, having put on displays for Jon Bon Jovi and Omar Sharif, to name a few.

But this was definitely the most glamorous show he had performed.

"He was very quiet himself and didn’t say much but you could tell he was a tough cookie,” says Brian. “My birds were a little nervous of him, but he seemed to like the display."

The burning question of course when putting on a show for a multi-millionaire is...did he tip well?!

"Well, he didn’t give us anything,” he says with a smile. “But one of his entourage tipped us $100 so that was okay!”


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