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The Irish Donkey Society (IDS) has launched its new website

PRESS RELEASE | DATE: 15th May 2020

The Donkey:
A Life of Potential – Nurtured with Care

The Irish Donkey Society (IDS) has launched its new website at, to let donkey lovers the world over, know what is happening in donkey land in Ireland. The IDS was formed in 1972 by Lady Averil Swinfin at her donkey stud in Spanish Point, Co. Clare. It is a registered charity, number 11235.

The site is colourful and easy to access and view with lots of gorgeous photos and entertaining videos to look at, plus various short articles on how to look after your donkey or mule.

Loads of interesting things to view too for those who do not own a donkey or mule but just think these are lovely sociable animals that need care, attention, and protection.

There are less than 10,000 donkeys on the island of Ireland, so we need to take action now before they disappear from Ireland in 50 years’ time. 

The website has sections on: 

  • CARE: We want to improve the care and welfare of the Irish donkey.
  • AWARE: We want to create awareness for this beautiful animal.
  • IMPROVE: We want to improve the status of the Irish donkey.
  • We have Covid-19 advice for donkey owners, plus latest news, events, and stories. There are Videos of the month and Photos of the month sections. There is a huge bank of photos and videos of donkey Day at the Royal Dublin Society – RDS Horse shows over the years since 2012 plus Balmoral Agricultural show.
  • World donkeys are being decimated by demand for their hides for medical myths in Chinese medicine. Hall of Fame awards – Irish Donkey Derby’s – Good News for donkeys in Kenya, plus options to join the IDS for €25 p.a. and a donation page to help the society thrive and survive.
  • The website hopes to encourage members of the public and the business community, to come forward and get involved with the society and its board and subcommittees, to help with events, membership, and our ongoing work of fundraising and event sponsorship.


For further information contact James Wyse – Hon. PRO of the IDS at 087-259 7489 or e-mail

Date: Friday 15th May 2020