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Helping a solitary donkey called Dylan

Earlier this year the owners of a donkey named Dylan reached out to us for help as they were having difficulty handling and managing him. Welfare adviser Ciara O’Kelly responded and found that Dylan had lived as a solitary donkey for the past three years. Dylan had developed behavioural habits commonly seen when young male donkeys are kept without a suitable companion. Ciara recognised that Dylan would benefit from donkey company and appropriate human interaction and recommended that he come into our care.

Dylan with Eugene

Help us to care for donkeys like Echo

The start of a new life for Echo began when welfare adviser Jane Bruce responded to a report of a donkey with extremely long hooves. When she attended the location, she discovered Echo, a severely neglected donkey whose hooves were at least three times the length of normal hooves.

“The neglect of Echo’s hooves stands out as one of the worst cases that I have witnessed”, says Jane. “He was shifting his weight from one foot to another in order to alleviate the pain in his hooves. He could not be left to continue to suffer in this state”.

Echo came into our care in pain, with very long hooves.

Visitor Centre Assistants x 2

The Donkey Sanctuary (Ireland) Ltd is a registered charity which has been protecting donkeys in Ireland for over 30 years. The charity has 4 farms and over 1800 donkeys in its care.

We are looking to recruit two Visitor Centre Assistants to join our busy team at the Visitor Information Centre, set in the beautiful rolling countryside of County Cork, just outside the village of Liscarroll.

Seven foals rescued just in time

When we were alerted about a group of donkeys outdoors during a cold snap, we responded to help guarantee their well being.

In January, we received a call from a concerned member of the public about a group of donkeys in Kerry described as ‘underfed and miserable’. With a yellow
weather warning already in place for snow and ice, welfare adviser Ciara O’Kelly responded quickly.

Seven foals brought into our care

Coffee Morning Fundraisier

Event date: 
Saturday, 13 April, 2019 - 10:00 to 12:00
Hunter Moore Band Hall, Belfast Road, Newry, Co.Down
Event status: 
Places available

A Coffee Morning fundraiser will take place on Saturday 13th April at the Hunter Moore Band Hall, Belfast Road, Newry, Co.Down.
Why not pop in and support The Donkey Sanctuary if you are in the area? Thank you to everyone involved in organising this event to raise funds for The Donkey Sanctuary.

If you would like to hold a Coffee Morning in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary, please give us a call on 022 48398 for further information.

Coffee Morning in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Event date: 
Thursday, 4 July, 2019 - 12:00 to 15:00
The Donkey Sanctuary, Knockardbane, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co.Cork P51 PH29
Event status: 
Places available

Our annual Teddy Bears' Picnic is THE most popular event at The Donkey Sanctuary and this year, it takes place on Thursday July 4, 2019 at our Open Farm in Liscarroll. This eagerly awaited summer mid week event is not to be missed! Lots of fun and games guaranteed on the day.

Entry fee is €5 a child. Adults go free.


We can't wait for our annual Teddy Bears' Picnic!

Summer Fair with Fun Dog Show

Event date: 
Sunday, 19 May, 2019 - 12:00 to 16:00
The Donkey Sanctuary, Knockardbane, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co.Cork P51 PH29

Event date: Sunday May 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork.
Admission: Admission is €2 per car.

On Sunday May 19, we will hold our annual Summer Fair at our Open Farm in Knockardbane, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co.Cork. The Fair will include a fun dog show, music, fun and games like Hook a Duck, Sweet Wheel of Fortune, Welly Throw Challenge, bouncy castles and lots more!

Summer Fair - Our ducks are in a row!

5km Fun Run/Walk in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary

Event date: 
Saturday, 27 April, 2019 - 10:30 to 14:00
Doneraile Wildlife Park, Doneraile, Co. Cork, P51 XR66
Event status: 
Places available

27th April 2019. Storm Hannah has passed and our fun run/walk will take place in Doneraile Park today at 12 noon today. We hope to see you there!

Come and join us in the picturesque and peaceful surrounds of Doneraile Wildlife Park in North Cork on Saturday 27th of April for a 5km fun run/walk!
Doneraile Wildlife Park is situated in the beautiful town of Doneraile 11km north east of Mallow.



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