The Donkey Sanctuary, Ireland is an Irish registered charity working to improve conditions for donkeys and mules.

Abandoned Nollaig issues cry for help - and finds the love he needs

Nollaig on arrivalNollaig, 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."

Free Donkey Care Course (Stage 1)

Basic Donkey Care Course

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.

2014 diary dates

  • Saturday 29th March - Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
  • Friday 11th April - - Donkey Sanctuary video room, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
  • Friday 9th May - Donkey Sanctuary video room, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
  • Saturday 17th May - Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Free Donkey Health Care Day (Stage 2)

Tiny Tim

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.

2014 diary dates

  • Friday 28th March - Donkey Sanctuary video room, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
  • Friday 16th May - Donkey Sanctuary video room, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
  • Friday 6th June - Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
  • Friday 11th July - Donkey Sanctuary video room, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
  • Friday 15th August - Donkey Sanctuary video room, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
  • Friday 12th September - Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
  • Friday 17th October - Donkey Sanctuary video room, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork