How it all began

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Paddy with little Freya

Paddy and his family have a long tradition of helping animals and donkeys in particular. Paddy's grandfather was a police officer in the Metropolitan police who returned to Ireland on his retirement. He kept donkeys on the site at Knockardbane from 1926 and this has now become our main Donkey Sanctuary site which is open to the public.

Paddy's father was a welfare officer in the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) from 1964 to 1981 and worked tirelessly to help donkeys and animals throughout Ireland.

Paddy himself worked as an Inspector for the ISPCA from February 1982 to July 1987, whilst at the same time running a rescue centre for donkeys in Ireland.

On 1st August 1987 Paddy's rescue centre for donkeys linked up with The Donkey Sanctuary. Paddy and his family have continued to work relentlessly to help and improve conditions for donkeys throughout Ireland.