Co. Cork Donkey Sanctuary provides tender loving care to 1,270 furry friends

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Cork Rose and All Ireland Camogie Star Anna Geary pictured with the O’ Duffy Cup while cutting the tape at the Open Weekend in the Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, with Head of Operations Noel Carton, and Fundraising Manager Breda Clancy

While many of us ‘talk the talk’ and are enthusiastic supporters of Animal Welfare across the board, staff at the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll, Co. Cork, are among the best in the entire country for ‘walking the walk’ and really stepping up to the plate for the 1,270 donkeys currently in their care.

During the recent open weekend at the Sanctuary, the public got the opportunity to see at first hand the all year round work involved in caring for this large population of these affectionate furry individuals who range in age from just three weeks old to the grand old age of 50.

Visitors from all over Munster enjoyed cuddling the donkeys while enjoying the Indian Summer sunshine. Cork Rose from the Rose of Tralee Festival and Camogie Star Anna Geary brought along the All Ireland Camogie Cup to the event. She then cut the tape to mark the Open Weekend and later posed for photographs and signed autographs for a host of fans.

Michael O Connor, Maintenance Manager, Bernard O Neill, Welfare Manager, and Breda Clancy, Fundraising Manager, pictured with some of the senior donkeys during the Open Weekend at the  Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Co. Cork

Michael O Connor, Maintenance Manager, Bernard O Neill, Welfare Manager, and Breda Clancy, Fundraising Manager, pictured with some of the senior donkeys during the Open Weekend at the Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Co. Cork

Master Farrier Eamonn Harrington demonstrated the art of making horse shoes while Farrier Eugene Butler was on hand to pare the donkey’s hooves and keep them in tip top condition. Equine Dental Technician Mick Dillion carried out inspections on the Donkeys and told the audience how diet and nutrition is key to keeping their teeth strong and healthy.

Donkey Sanctuary Welfare Manager Bernard O Neill talked about the teams ongoing work throughout the country. “We have an Office here and we also have a team of Donke advisers working throughout the country and in Northern Ireland,” Bernard said, “We respond to complaints from the public, generally of neglect and cruelty of some kind, we then indentify the owner and try to impress on them the importance of looking after the animal”. With in excess of 450 complaints received last year, it is no wonder the team is kept constantly busy.

The Donkey Sanctuary has proven to be a safe haven for it’s current population of 1,270, and any Donkey in the country who has been abused and badly treated can be assured of tender loving care here.

However, as the Sanctuary relies heavily on donations from the public, readers can step up to the plate by visiting the Centre, organising a fundraising event, adopting a Donkey for just €20 annually, or indeed giving a good home to a pair of Donkeys.

Fundraising Manger Breeda Clancy told us that staff were delighted with the turn out over the weekend, and look forward to greeting old friends and new visitors to the Sanctuary going forward.

Opening hours at Liscarroll Donkey Sanctuary are: Monday-Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Tel: 00353 22 48398