Paddy Barrett, who has gone into retirement after 27 years of working for The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland recalls his career:
He said: “I was brought up to respect animals and I couldn’t imagine being any other way with them. Seeing my father rescue animals inspired me to do the same and it has been so rewarding for me to spend the past 27 years rescuing and rehabilitating donkeys — in fact, there is little which can compare to the satisfaction of being able to bring a sick or neglected animal back to good health.
“Taking on a trusting and loving animal is very rewarding, as they pay back with affection of their own. They will always remember who has been kind to them and who hasn’t. And it’s wonderful to see how much joy children get from them — I saw it with my own and now I can see it again with my grandchildren.”
He adds: “I would love to keep on running the Sanctuary, but I still have four or five donkeys on my own land and it’s time to hand over the reins to the next generation.”
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Paddy is pictured top right receiving a watch from Eugene Butler and celebrating with colleagues Gill Minns and Andy Foxcroft and Paddy’s wife, Eileen (second right).