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 […]

Photo of the Month

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.

Photos (click on a photo […]

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 […]