Equine therapy home visits ‘a joy’ for children in Dublin

RTE News | 3rd July 2020
By Eleanor Mannion

An education centre for blind and multi-disabled children has started equine therapy home visits for youngsters who had been missing their sessions due to the lockdown.

The equine therapy unit of charity ChildVision in Drumcondra, Dublin, usually offers equine assisted occupational therapy at an outdoor arena and at its sensory trail, but the centre has been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Equine assisted therapy involves the use of horses and equine-related activities to achieve therapeutic goals such as enhancing physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioural and […]

The Irish Donkey Society Show Director/ Amanda Wallace & Family of Kinedale goes Virtual at the Cork Summer Show

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July 4th & 5th 2020

Cork Virtual Summer Show is an opportunity for all IDS members to enjoy all the fun of showing without leaving their own yards. Get the whole family involved as we do at the Dublin Horse Show and let people see what wonderful animals donkeys are.

You need to prepare the donkeys and handlers as you would for any show. When all prepared, enter by uploading a video no longer than three minutes showing the animal off as if they were in a show ring. ie: walking the Donkey out and trotting back to […]

Co Down little-donkey therapy story was balm for the soul

The Wallaces say it is humbling to hear that a woman who never talks to anyone asked to see Denis again or a woman who’s 102 years old and blind can tell which donkey is which by the feel of them

My grá for donkeys is linked to holidays in the wilderness of 1960s Connemara. Picture from

Nuala McCann | The Irish News | 08 June, 2020

Co Down’s Kinedale donkey therapists – ‘The doors were opened wide and Denis trip trapped inside’.
In a crisis, a donkey – as well as a pint […]

Chloe and Sinéad & My Lovely Horse Rescue

IDS members Mary Mc Ateer and husband Michael Tutty are delighted to welcome two adoptees from My Lovely Horse Rescue (MLHR).

The two beautiful mares Chloe who is grey with a hint of mink and Sinéad, a dark chocolate brown, were abused, neglected and abandoned. They came into the care of MLHR where they were cared for at the centre. Mary and Michael hope to be their ‘ forever’ carers. The donkeys are micro-chipped and registered in the ownership of MLHR.

Chloe and Sinéad join donkey Angel and retired racehorse Happy Molecules.

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The story of Eve

On a warm Saturday mid July 2018, the family all travelled for the first time to the Monasterevin Horse Fair just a few miles from Kildare town. We planned on just having a look around and enjoy the atmosphere, but being donkey lovers, there was always the chance that something with long ears might catch our eye!

We saw many ponies and cobs, some with foals, some under carts,  along with the rich variety of characters that travel the countryside selling second hand horse tack and vintage items, all enjoying the mix of sunshine and banter. No donkeys but a […]

Horse rescued by RNLI after swimming out to sea off Donegal coast

A runaway horse was rescued by the RNLI after swimming more than 1.5km out to sea off the coast of Donegal.
The distressed animal called Valentine was coaxed out of four metres deep Atlantic waters on Monday evening near Bundoran.
The town’s lifeboat crew was unable to go too close in case it tried to jump into the boat, press officer Shane Smyth said.
He added: “It could have turned out much worse, particularly if the horse’s head had gone under the water, it would not have been a nice outcome.”

The volunteer crew was called to […]

Heartbreaking last moments of pony beaten to death by Dublin teens

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An animal charity is calling for justice for a defenceless pony who died after a brutal assault at the weekend.

My Lovely Horse Rescue (MLHR) co-founder Martina Kenny discovered Jenna, a small grey pony, battered and bruised in west Dublin on Sunday.

The three-year-old equine was taken in with “lumps all over her body” and “her face swollen.”

Jenna was rescued by MLHR and brought to their farm but she sadly succumbed to her horrific injuries on Monday morning, Dublin Live reports.

She was spotted in Adamstown, near the Grand Canal, by a man out walking, who […]

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Thoroughbred Brood Mare mated to Thoroughbred Stallion and Poitou Donkey Stallion – Guess what arrives?

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Robbie Cronin, third generation owner of Dan Cronin’s Pub and nightclub in the square in Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick arrived out to a field on his farm on Saturday 6th. June last to witness the shock of his life—His thoroughbred brood mare Jimmy’s Choice, a lovely 8 year old bay mare by Jeremy (USA) out of Amtara (IRE) gave birth to a beautiful black MULE FOAL, from the French Poitou Donkey Stallion Bob Marley owned by Robbie, and not the thoroughbred colt or filly foal he thought he was getting from a mating to the thoroughbred stallion Renaissance […]

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