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Nuala's story

Nuala came into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary when she was 6 months old. She was born blind and her owner thought that the Sanctuary was the best place for her as she struggled with her condition.

Nuala received exceptional treatment from all of the vet and farm staff who ensured that she settled in to her new surroundings comfortably.

Nuala when she first came into our care

Paddy Barrett Enters Hall of Fame

On Sunday May 3rd, in The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (as seen below) presented a National Hall of Fame Award to Paddy Barrett, founder of The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland. Paddy said that it was a privilege and an honour to receive this prestigious award and he wanted to thank the Irish Donkey Breed Society for the honourable nomination. Paddy said that he was truly honoured to receive the award after dedicating 51 years of his life to caring for donkeys.

Micheal Ring TD presenting Paddy with Hall of Fame Award

Baby Foal Diesel makes a Friend

Diesel was taken into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary when he was just a few hours old after being rejected by his mother. He was very weak and in need of nourishment and care. The Veterinary team responded immediately and brought the weak little fellow into the warm and secure Sanctuary where he was bottle fed. The Vet and Farm teams formulated a rota as Diesel needed to be fed every two hours and monitored closely. There were some heart-wrenching moments when the Veterinary Surgeons were called in urgently and we were unsure of Diesel's future.

Diesel nuzzling up to best friend Olaf

Easter Sunday Event

Event date: 
Sunday, 5 April, 2015 - 12:00 to 16:00
Airfield, Overend Way, Dundrum, Dublin 14.
Event status: 
Places available

Join our Donkey Welfare representatives who will be meeting and greeting people at the fabulous Easter Event in Airfields this Sunday.

Come along from 12-4pm and meet the beautiful donkeys, witness farrier demonstrations by our expert farrier and all round donkey expert Eugene. Speak to Cathy about her life as a Donkey Welfare Adviser and find out about the wonderful foster scheme that we operate. Loads to see and do on the day, not to be missed!

Goodbye dear friend

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Daisy O. At the grand old age of 53, Daisy was one of our oldest donkey residents and was hugely loved by all who knew her from farm staff to the vets and visitors.

A beautiful white donkey, Daisy will be remembered as being a gentle donkey with a real cheeky streak. She would do anything to secure an extra feed, often standing at the gate braying loudly to make sure our farm staff knew she was hungry and wanted her feed.

Goodbye Daisy

2014 training courses announced

We are delighted to build on the success of our training courses aimed at donkey owners or people thinking about owning donkeys.

Stage 1 is an induction day which 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.

Donkey care training courses
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