By Jimmy Rhatigan
THEY GOT out of their cosy beds at the crack of dawn and they were serenaded.
They loved every minute of their early morning concert at the heart of a local wood.
Occasion was the Dawn Chorus Walk at Woodstock, Inistioge, organized by enthusiastic members of the Tidy Towns, Entente Florale Group in the village and led by that great lover of nature Pat Durkin of Birdwatch Ireland and Kilkenny City fame.
Eager amblers listened to the gold crest, blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, robin, crow, wren, blue and coal tits.
They also met a red squirrel and a hare on the Monkey Puzzle Walk.
Lots of human life was there and a fantastic mix of friends from the world of nature too.
It was a stroll to remember, well worth abandoning blanket street to enjoy the great outdoors.
And in the case of the birds who didn’t make it to the concert, Pat Durkin had recordings as ear pleasers.
The son of Sligo who fell in love with Kilkenny is now one of the great gems of his adopted home place.