Donkey Day 2012

Some of our resident donkeys

We will be hosting a Donkey Day at The Museum of Country Life Museum, Turlough, Castlebar, Co Mayo on Saturday 18th August 2012.

This will be the 4th Annual Donkey Day held in conjunction with the Museum and well attended by members of the public and donkey lovers alike.

Staged as part of the Museum’s Heritage Week, the theme of this year’s event is Donkeys are Fun!

Our information stand will be packed full of donkey facts and related items as well as plenty of information, leaflets and guidance for donkey owners, those who might be considering homing these lovely, gentle animals or even for the many people who just love donkeys!

Demonstrations of harnessing, grooming and feet trimming will take place throughout the day and members of the Welfare Team will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have. Why not have a go at grooming one of our guest donkeys which will include a pair from one of our local foster homes.

There will be plenty of fun and games for the children including face painting and "Where’s my Tail?" Why not send a special message to one of our donkeys at the Sanctuary? For a minimum of 50c donation their written message will be tied onto a carrot and at the end of the day bags of carrots will be taken on our lorry to the Sanctuary.

Enjoy dressing up? Then take part in our "Donkey Themed" fancy dress competition! Entry is free. Just register on the day between 12.00-1.00 pm. We are looking forward to seeing plenty of different costumes. Anything at all to do with donkeys, so expect to see an Eeyore or two, a few carrots and donkeys moving around the Museum grounds! Originality and home made efforts will be given special consideration.

Demonstrations and activities will take place between 11.00 am until 4.00 pm. In addition a visit to the Museum is very worthwhile and the Museum shop full of interesting gifts as well as a great selection of books. There is also a cafe/restaurant which sells delicious home-made food.

Entry to both Museum and Donkey Day are free.