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Mule education and appreciation

Are we experiencing an increase in mule numbers in Ireland?

Or are we simply reaching more mules in need? Perhaps people are more aware now of the work we do rescuing and rehabilitating these unique animals? Whatever the answer, we can safely say that in the past 29 years on the frontline of equine welfare in Ireland we have never had to deal with so many mules and hinnies as we have in the last year. All shapes, sizes, ages and colours but all with the same need; a safe haven.

Mule Louisianna and Pippa

A big week for blind donkey Bocelli

In January 2015 the Sanctuary received a call from the public regarding three donkeys who had been abandoned illegally in county Louth. The weather was inclement and the donkeys had no feed or shelter so our Welfare team prioritized this case and removed the donkeys from this situation immediately. The Gardaí assisted with the relinquishment of the donkeys and were very helpful. The donkeys began their rehabilitation process in the comfort and warmth of the Sanctuary in Liscarroll.

Eren and Bocelli in July 2015

Edith and Mini look forward to Spring

Donkeys Edith and Mini were taken into the care of The Sanctuary in July 2015. Their owners could no longer care for them and made the responsible decision to contact us and ask for assistance. Our Welfare team sprung into action and before long these two donkeys were settling into life in Liscarroll.

The donkeys were in good condition, they were assessed by our Veterinary team and tests proved that Edith was in foal. A donkeys gestation period can last between 10-14 months and she was not very far gone so we anticipate that she will have her foal in the Spring/Summer months.

Edith and Mini peer out from their cosy home

The heart-breaking reality of animal rescue in Ireland

A pair of young donkeys called Polar and Marko have this week been rescued in the Munster region from a lifetime of extreme neglect by The Donkey Sanctuary.

Following a report from a concerned member of the public regarding the donkeys’ welfare, Donkey Welfare Adviser (DWA) Katie Reed visited the home and was shocked by what she saw. Katie stated that “this neglect was not due to lack of money but lack of interest.”

Marko RIP

Donkey rescued from mountain side in Spiddal

The Donkey Sanctuary was able to rescue an abandoned donkey thanks to the fundamental help given by members of the Spiddal community this week.

Following numerous reports from concerned members of the public regarding the welfare of a donkey on mountainous ground without access to feed or shelter, The Donkey Sanctuary’s Welfare Adviser, Ian Colton, searched the area for the donkey.

Salvus found in very poor condition

Christmas Craft Fair and Food Fair

Event date: 
Sunday, 27 November, 2016 - 12:00
Hannigans Farm, Lisgriffin Road, Liscarroll, Mallow, CO. Cork
Event status: 
Places available

Come along to our Christmas Extravaganza and meet our beautiful donkeys! Enjoy a very unique experience and browse through over 30 different stalls selling a range of goods including mulled wine and Christmas delicacies. We will have a MONSTER RAFFLE on the day and we will have Messy Hands which is a fantastic activity for kids.

Kids will have the option of grooming some of our quietest and most gentle donkeys.

Christmas Craft Fair

Postponed: Open Day

Event date: 
Sunday, 25 September, 2016 - 12:00 to 17:00
Hannigans Farm, Lisgriffin Road, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Event status: 
No booking required

We are very disappointed to tell you that we have call off our Open Day on Sunday September 25th as we are relying on our fields for parking and to run our activities on and at present they are completely water logged. We will hold the event next summer instead.

Great fun for all the family.

There will be lots of fun activities:

We are looking forward to welcoming large crowds

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Event date: 
Thursday, 7 July, 2016 - 12:00 to 15:00
Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Event status: 
No booking required

To mark the start of the school holidays Get your Teddy Bears ready! €5 per child adults go free.

◾Colouring corner
◾Bouncy castles
◾Face painting
◾Musical statues prize for best dressed teddy
◾Prize for best look-a-like teddy and owner
◾Groom or walk our donkeys and lots more

We are in full preparation for our annual Teddy Bear's Picnic on July 7th in our Open Farm in Knockardbane, Liscarroll.

Donkey cuddles

Summer Fair with Dog Show

Event date: 
Sunday, 15 May, 2016 - 12:00
Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Event status: 
No booking required

The Donkey Sanctuary plan to host a new event this year where we will have a dog show, live music, fun, games, face painting, bouncy castle slides and much more!

The event will take place in Knockardbane (weather dependent) from 12-4pm. There will be on-site refreshments and an opportunity to meet our donkeys and mules and enjoy a walk and a treasure hunt around the walkways.

Kids will have the opportunity to walk and groom the donkeys. There will be a donkey cart there on the day so don't forget your cameras for a memorable photo opportunity!

Summer Fair


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