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A Christmas message from our Chairman The Rev. Alastair Graham to all

Merry Christmas

Alastair GrahamI would like to wish everyone in the Society a very happy, safe and blessed Christmas.  I hope you will be able to find time for rest and relaxation.

The pandemic has brought no shortage of fear, financial anxiety, sickness and too many deaths and I would like to extend my sincere condolences to any member of the Society who has, or whose family has, suffered in any way due to the Corona virus.  However, thankfully we can all look  with confidence to the New Year, in the hope that the vaccines will enable everyone to look forward to the end of the pandemic over the coming months.

Of course, the pandemic also led to the postponement of all donkey activities this year, which was a source of great disappointment to so many people.  However, I have been greatly heartened by the wonderful spirit shown by members of the Society who have stoically continued to live life accommodating the restrictions that have been imposed but have lost none of their enthusiasm and interest in the lives and welfare of their donkeys.

As we look forward to the celebration of the traditional Christmas season we can draw both inspiration and enjoyment from knowing that the donkey had a most important role to play in the ancient world.   The donkey was very much valued and needed by the people and was part of the story of the Nativity.  The donkey’s humility shone so brightly at the first Christmas and is , of course, so evident today in the donkeys we have the privilege and pleasure of knowing and caring for.  The fruit of humility is modesty and modesty, when found in human beings is still a quality that is attractive and necessary.  So, let’s all applaud the blessed donkey.  The donkey’s humility is a successful antidote to narcissism and self-promotion which divides the humanity the world so dearly needs.

I do hope you will all enjoy your Christmas festivities and the opportunity to share your love and presence with your family and friends.  Do keep safe and well.  I will very much look forward to meeting with you in 2021 when hopefully the donkey activities will resume and we will all be able to get back to doing what we love most – spending time with our lovely donkeys.

I would like to thank the Committee for all its’ work during the pandemic and the Sub-Committee overseeing the website, for their inspiring innovation.  The Society is certainly well served by the calibre of the Officers and the members of the Committee.  We are so blessed with the contribution of each of them.

With every good wish for Christmas and the New Year.

Alastair Graham
Chair, Irish Donkey Society

December 2020