Donkey Day at Museum of Country Life

Sarah Boyce and Eabha Magee with Welfare Officer Beryl Knell and Mr Sparky

The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar recently hosted The Donkey Sanctuary’s third Information Day.

This event included farrier, harnessing and driving demonstrations. Paddy Barrett, who started rescuing donkeys in the 1980s and giving them a lifelong home in Liscarroll, Co Cork gave a talk and presentation on the Sanctuary’s work. Sanctuary staff were on hand to answer questions and provide information to the interested public, while some of the donkeys currently cared for in Mayo foster homes and a few of their donkey friends were on display.

A wide variety of photos, displays and literature were available on The Donkey Sanctuary stand. The public could also see the range of information on working donkeys available in the Museum Galleries. This wide variety of information formed part of a special competition which was held on the day.

Children’s competition winners, Sarah Boyce, Eabha and Finn Magee won a year's adoption of a donkey from the Adoption Group at Liscarroll, Co. Cork. Each winner also received a special adoption certificate and a drawing of their chosen donkey in a bright personal donkey bag. The children hope to someday pay a personal visit to see their donkeys but in the meantime, their parents can show them pictures on the Sanctuary’s Facebook page or via the webcam on the Donkey Sanctuary website.

Donkey Adoptions make a popular gift and are something different. For more information, please visit our "Adopt a Donkey " section of the website.