Donkey rescued after being found with ‘deep’ wound and tied up in south Dublin field

A DONKEY HAS been rescued in south Dublin after being allegedly raffled and whipped.

A spokesperson for the My Lovely Horse Rescue charity said they were made aware on Sunday of videos of the donkey, which has been named Mac, allegedly being whipped and dragged along the road in the Ballyfermot and Clondalkin area.

The spokesperson said they had also received reports of the donkey being raffled off.

Following a search by a number of volunteers, the donkey was found tied to a bollard with a “pretty deep” wound on his leg in the Liffey Valley area.

The spokesperson said […]

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

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I 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 […]

Christmas ’20 stories & photos from Kinedale Donkeys

On Saturday 28th November we drove the donkey, Remus into Ballynahinch town to collect a Christmas Tree from a new small nursery and coffee shop, Blue Cedar. Remus also went and collected livestock feed in the slipe and towed it home. Bringing many smiles to folk of the town and lots of pictures were taken by passersby.

From 1st December we have begun “Elf on the Shelf”, everyday the elf will be photographed being naughty around the yard with the various animals. People can follow our Facebook page to see the latest shenanigans.

Today, 2nd December, Remus and Hobnob ventured […]

Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club – Donkey and Sheep – Grass Court Maintenance in the 1890s

We would not normally think of associating Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club with donkeys, but back in the 1890s Fitzwilliam bought a donkey! The minutes of the Fitzwilliam committee meeting on Wednesday 15th April 1891 record: Resolved “That the Ground Committee be authorised to purchase a Lawn Tennis ground mower and a donkey to draw same, for the grass courts and to make all arrangements with reference thereto”.

View the whole PDF article by clicking here or read on below.

British Horse Society: Changes to insurance policies as a result of the UK leaving the EU

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Changes to insurance policies as a result of the UK leaving the EU and regulations in place by the Central Bank of Ireland

A large number of insurers and brokers will no longer have permissions by the regulator to issue policies in EU territories, including the Republic of Ireland from 1st January 2021.

We are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, along with our insurance provider SEIB, and following the regulatory changes we will only have permissions to administer policies for individuals based in the UK. This will affect our Gold Members in the Republic of […]

New Guide Puts the Spotlight on Donkey Hoof Care and Lameness

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A new resource guide to the latest peer-reviewed articles and theses on donkey hoof science and lameness studies has been made available online for free.

HoofSearch has compiled a collection of 2019-2020 peer-reviewed donkey hoof articles and theses into a freely available document.

Click here to view this free resource.

The guide created by HoofSearch, the index of equine foot research from Hoofcare Publishing, is freely accessible online to anyone interested in monitoring advances in donkey hoof health or improving the soundness-related welfare of working donkeys. There are an estimated 44 million […]

Our Latest Photos

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Photo of the Month

My Dublin Horse Show, Noel Mullins – featuring the IDS Donkey Parade

RDS Library Speaker Series presentation

In his recent RDS Library Speaker Series presentation, he features the Irish Donkey Society Donkey Parade at the RDS Show. You can watch this clip and the full presentation in the video below or view it online at

Noel Mullins from County Galway in the West of Ireland has had a lifelong association with horses and ponies through participating in a variety of equestrian disciplines.

As a photo journalist his work has been published in The Irish Field, The Irish […]

Looking out for our Donkeys – Michael Slavin

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Our Honorary President, Michael Slavin has just had the following article published in The Farmers Journal

Never one to be rushed into anything, the Irish donkey has finally arrived on the internet. As it’s national care body, the Irish Donkey Society (IDS) approaches it’s 50th anniversary, it has just launched a new website dedicated to the welfare of one of Ireland’s most adored animals.

Adored they may be, but for many reasons their numbers here are in constant decline. Back in 1900 there were some 247,000 of them in the country. That number had […]

Increase in abandoned donkeys due to Covid crisis

It began when Danny and Sandra Curran took in a starving donkey which a friend had found tied to an old car in a bog and grew into a sanctuary which now cares for almost a hundred donkeys at Castledooey near Raphoe in Donegal.

However, Covid-19 has hit the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary a double blow and “on the brink of a financial crisis”.

Forced to close its gates to visitors, the sanctuary has no income to feed and care for the animals.

On top of that, the Currans say, there has been an increase recently in the number of […]

IDS Members Professor Michael & Juliet Stephens with Miss April featured in the Panorama magazine

Local Celebrity Donkey

In 2018, on a glorious sunny Good Friday morning, we gathered in Kilternan for the traditional walk to Glencullen, on “The Way of the Cross”. As we walked in quiet contemplative mood chatting quietly and praying intermittently, the morning was suddenly shattered with a loud braying “Hee Haw! Hee Haw!” We were being treated to a royal welcome by Miss April and her friends, who were startled at the unusual activity on their normally quiet stretch of road frontage.

Little did we know it, but the attractive lady donkey leading this welcome was a “celebrity […]

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