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The Donkey Sanctuary is behind the Irish Rugby Team

The Donkey Sanctuary likes to keep up to date with the sporting world and we always support our local and national teams - after all it is through the donations from the general public that we are funded so we like to give back where possible.

The donkeys (and staff!) here have been very excited about Ireland taking part in the World Cup and have been playing with rugby balls in the paddocks and practicing scrums and rucks!

See some of the pictures of the donkeys enjoying the buzz!

We wish Ireland all the best in their upcoming games.

Chaz and Indie playing ball

Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy Association (Ireland) "Moving Forward"

Event date: 
Friday, 25 September, 2015 - 10:00 to Saturday, 26 September, 2015 - 17:00
Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, Ballyman Road, Bray, Co Wicklow
Event status: 
Places available

EFETA are delighted to announce their upcoming conference on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September ’15 – aptly entitled “EFETA – Moving Forward”.

More information available here

"Moving Forward"

Finance Manager

The Donkey Sanctuary’s activities in Ireland began in 1987 and since then over 4,600 donkeys have been taken into our care and provided with loving homes. We continue to rescue and care for abandoned, abused and neglected donkeys from every corner of Ireland.

As part of our strategic plan and the continuing programme of development we are looking to add a Finance Manager to our team in Liscarroll, Co Cork to provide leadership and further develop the finance function for the charity.

Cadbury finds care and protection

This three year old stallion donkey was rescued recently by The Donkey Sanctuary. He was left abandoned on a road and presented with a wound on his neck and with a very nervous and scared demeanour.

We are unsure of what trauma and abuse he has suffered in the past but we are sure that those days are over for him now. The fear in his eyes will slowly fade away as he learns from our patient and loving staff what is to be cared for and protected.

Cadbury with fear in his eyes

A journey to happiness for Comet and Eclipse

Stunning donkeys Comet and Eclipse have experienced a great deal in their short lives. Comet is just under 3 years old and Eclipse is Comet's foal and is a one year old.

The beautiful donkeys were purchased in the good times and with the economic downturn came the emigration of their owner. The donkeys were left in the care of an elderly gentleman whose health was declining.

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Comet and Eclipse

Stage 1: Introduction to Donkey Care

Event date: 
Saturday, 3 October, 2015 - 10:00 to 15:30
Sathya Sai Sanctuary Trust for Nature Castlebaldwin, Co Sligo
Event status: 
Places available

This one day course combines the latest knowledge about caring for donkeys with practical hands on experience.

The day will help you decide if donkeys are suitable for your home and what to expect when they arrive and to feel more confident about looking after and handling your donkeys.

Donkeys are not small horses with big ears so even if you have owned horses for 20 years there is so much to learn about the differences between caring for donkeys and horses that attending a course is always an eye-opener.

The story of blind donkey foal Bocelli

The Donkey Sanctuary rescued a pregnant mare that was abandoned in extremely poor conditions in January 2015. On July 12th Eren gave birth to a very special foal in the safety of The Donkey Sanctuary.

In January 2015 Donkey Welfare Adviser Cathy Griffin responded to an urgent call about three donkeys that had been abandoned in a remote field with no access to grazing or shelter.


Family Pet Expo

Event date: 
Saturday, 7 November, 2015 - 10:00 to Sunday, 8 November, 2015 - 17:00
Simmonscourt Dublin
Event status: 
Places available

We will have an information and fundraising stand at the Expo again this year! We had so much fun last year we cannot wait for more fun and games this year.

Pet Expo is a pet lover's paradise dedicated to promoting responsible ownership of pets.

For more information about the event, please visit

We look forward to meeting you on the day!

Molly enjoying the attention at Pet Expo 2014

Limerick Women's Mini Marathon

Event date: 
Sunday, 25 October, 2015 - 12:00
University of Limerick
Event status: 
Places available

Now in its 18th year the Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon is firmly established as the premier women’s running event in Limerick and the Midwest. Over 3,000 women of all ages and abilities will participate in this event on Sunday of the October Bank Holiday Weekend.

This event is synonymous with charities from all over the Midwest for fundraising. Many of the women will run, walk or jog to raise much needed funds for their respective charities and we are desperately appealing to you to run in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary.

Supporters taking part in a Mini Marathon


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