|Nollaig, the Irish word for Christmas, was given his name when we rescued him last December. He was the 3,654th donkey in Ireland to find love and compassion at our door. We thought you might like to read about his story, about how we took him into our care on a cold winter's day.
Five days before Christmas, sounds of braying alerted a member of the public to a donkey in distress. Nollaig was found tucked away in a corner of a wet muddy field on a farm in the Buttevant area. His brays had been a cry for help, desperately appealing to anyone who could save him. Paddy Barrett from The Donkey Sanctuary, reported "If it wasn't for his bray, he wouldn't have been found. His bray saved his life."
As part of our summer seasonal team we want to recruit a part time team members to work within our Visitor Information Centre Knockardbane, Liscarroll.
Working 35 hours per week from 4th June to 27th September 2013, you will be responsible for advising visitors of the work of the Charities, answering queries and dealing with Donkey World shop sales. You will have excellent customer service skills and have some experience of using IT will be useful; however, full training will be provided.
For more information about this exciting opportunity please download our Application Pack.
The Donkey Sanctuary are hosting a sponsored Horse & Carriage Drive in conjunction with Dolla Horse & Driving Club from Tipperary.
The drive will start at The Donkey Sanctuary at 1pm, viewers will have the opportunity to take photos and see the horses. There could be between 30 - 40 horses and carriages taking part. The drive will go through Dromina, Churchtown and Liscarroll and back to the Sanctuary. They will stop at The Bridge Bar in Ballyhea for refreshments. More photo opportunites here!
This course is aimed at the new donkey owner and covers all aspects of looking after a donkey including, theory and practical sessions on field management and theory and practical sessions on stable management.
2013 diary dates
- Saturday 8th June - Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath
- Friday 14th June - Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
- Friday 5th July - Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
- Friday 26th July - Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath
If you would like to learn about being a first aider to your donkey we invite you along to our first Donkey Health Care Day. This follows on from the Basic Donkey Care Course and equips you with some very useful advice on how to keep your donkey in tip top health.
2013 diary dates
- Thursday 11th July - Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
- Friday 13th September - Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
- Friday 15th November - Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
We are delighted to share this beautiful and compelling film with you. It has been produced and kindly donated to The Donkey Sanctuary by design and brand company The Allotment in memory of our Founder, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE.
"As her granddaughter, I simply love watching it and remembering what an incredible lady she was. The magnitude of what she managed to do seems to have been captured in this film perfectly and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do here at The Donkey Sanctuary."
Ladies: The Donkey Sanctuary need you to help raise vital funds for over 600 donkeys in our care.
The Flora Women's Mini Marathon takes place on Monday 3rd June 2013 in Dublin. This is a great day out, helps you to get fit, have fun and help poor misfortunate donkeys like Nollaig.
We are inviting you to take part in an art competition being run by The Donkey Sanctuary. There will be a section for adults and children. The theme for paintings can be anything to do with donkeys in any medium.You would be most welcome to come and take photographs here of our donkeys to give you inspiration for your painting.
Entries can be sent to Art Competition, The Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Alternatively, they can be dropped in to the Sanctuary.
Entry fee for children is €2 and for adults is €5.
The Office of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine wrote to us on 20th December with the fantastic news that The Donkey Sanctuary was approved a payment of €60,000 in recognition of, and as a contribution towards, animal welfare activities for the forthcoming year.
Simon Coveney, T.D. went on to say in his letter “Your organisation carries out important work in the area of promoting animal welfare and I hope this funding, which is evidence of the Government’s support in the area of animal welfare, will assist in sustaining your efforts in the coming year.”