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Canine Carnival is on this Sunday


MADRA Press Release

A festival for dogs at Brigit’s Garden this Sunday in aid of MADRA

There will be four-legged festival atmosphere at Brigit’s Garden this Sunday (13 September) as dog owners and families descend on the Celtic-themed garden for the MADRA Canine Carnival.

Local dog rescue charity MADRA will be holding a doggie day out from 1-4pm with a whole host of canine-themed activities to help raise funds for dogs in need.  

There will be a novelty dog show taking place on Ireland’s largest sundial, with a number of categories including the dog you would most like to take home, golden oldies, the dog most like its owner, and the best trick.

At the Round House, famous story-teller Eddie Lenihan will be keeping young and old enthralled with dog ‘tails’ and other stories.

In the Hazel room, Moycullen Vets will be offering free health checks and reduced-price microchipping, and an integrated energy therapist will be offering alternative healing therapies for dogs.

The marquee will host a number of exhibitor stands selling dog-themed merchandise, and you can even get your dog’s picture on a mug, coaster, mouse mat or picture slate if you bring it with you on a USB key.

A puppy craft workshop for kids will be offered with demonstrations of how to make a cloth puppy, and the doggie detective trail will take place in the woodlands for dogs and their owners to sniff out clues in order to win a treat.

Photographer Agnes Puskorius of Purple Blues Photography will be taking pet and family portraits on the day with all proceeds going to MADRA.

MADRA spokesperson Eileen Keleghan commented, "In rescue, we often have many sad stories to deal with so events like the Canine Carnival mean so much to our team. We hope to see lots of individuals and families out celebrating the joys of dog ownership.

"We have an action packed day planned for all of the family, and we are delighted to be hosting this event in the beautiful surroundings of Brigit's Garden.

"We expect the novelty dog show to be extremely popular", she added.

Brigit's Garden is situated in Rosscahill, just off the N59 between Moycullen and Oughterard.

Admission on the day is €8 for an adult, €5 for a child, €20 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. Children under 4 and dogs go free! The admission fee does not include the BBQ and dog show entry fees.

MADRA is a Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity dedicated to finding new homes for dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. Annually, the charity rescues an average of 800 dogs from local authority pounds and dogs surrendered by the general public. For more information about MADRA go to or follow MADRA on Facebook or Twitter. 


474 Dogs saved from Irish pounds by MADRA in 2014


MADRA Press Release

MADRA rescued 8% of dogs transferred to rescue groups from Irish pounds in 2014

The recently released Department of the Environment dog welfare statistics for 2014 show that 6,238 dogs were transferred to welfare groups. This figure represents over 43 per cent of the 14,559 dogs that came into the pound system during that period.

Galway-based dog rescue group MADRA saved 474 dogs from pounds in 2014 - 8% of the dogs transferred to rescue organisations nationally.

A total of 2,896 dogs were put to sleep - down 620 dogs from the 2013 figures.

The number of stray and unwanted dogs coming into the pound system was also down by just under 1,000 dogs in 2014.

MADRA Chairperson Edel Comerford stated, "we are happy to see that the number of dogs being euthanised has come down further this year.

"Such amazing work is being carried out by animal welfare organisations nationwide.

"In our own county (Galway) we are delighted to see that the put to sleep rate has been reduced this year to seven per cent. When we first started working with Galway County Council this figure was 83 per cent, and that was only eight years ago.

"We also work exclusively with County Mayo and are working hard to formalise an arrangement with Galway City Council.

"There is still a lot of work to be done in order to reduce the number of stray and abandoned dogs in Ireland. The euthanasia figure was under 3,000 in 2014, but without the hard work of rescues this would have been over 9,000 or 63 per cent of Ireland's stray and abandoned dogs", she added.

MADRA is a volunteer-led dog rescue charity based in County Galway but re homing nationally.

In 2014 MADRA rescued a total of 777 dogs from pounds and members of the general public

For more information on MADRA and their dogs available to adopt go to or visit the MADRA Facebook page.

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MADRA Dogathon Update!

Dear two-legged and four-legged friends!

We hope that you are all as excited as we are about seeing so many paws on the prom in aid of our rescue dogs this Sunday!

From everyone at MADRA we would like to thank you for registering to take part in this fundraising dog walk, and to all of the dogs that have been busy using their puppy dog eyes to raise sponsorship, we salute you!

We would like to use this opportunity to remind you of a couple of things that you need to do when you arrive at the Claddagh Hall on Sunday (May 17):

1. Please go to the registration desk within the Claddagh Hall so that our volunteers can sign you in and give you your Doggy Bag.

2. If you have been collecting money with a sponsorship card please return this envelope to our volunteers at the registration desk. We would appreciate if you could let us know how much money your dog has raised in sponsorship by 5pm Saturday evening so that we can officially inform the Canine Grand Marshall in advance of the walk- please email the sponsorship amount raised to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Although the walk starts at 1pm we would appreciate if you could be at the Claddagh Hall no later than 12.30pm to sign in. The registration desk opens at 11.30am, and if you come early you can sample some of the fantastic home-baked goodies and have a nice cup of tea and some doggy chit chat!

4. The walk will start from the Claddagh Hall and go along the Salthill Promenade to Blackrock. This distance may not be suitable for everyone, and you will see some signs along the route with 'Turning point for little legs or short paws' - walk as far as you feel is right for you and your companions and if you can, come back to the Claddagh Hall for refreshments after.

5. Please ensure that you keep your dog on lead at all times and keep a safe distance from other dogs and walkers. Watch out for signs of stress in your dog.

6. Please allow time to find suitable parking near the venue and do not block any driveways, access routes etc. If you cannot find 'on street' parking you may need to go to a car park nearby. Be considerate of other road users and pedestrians before, during and after the walk, and please stay safe.

7. If you need medical attention or any other assistance please alert one of our MADRA volunteers - stewards will be identifiable with blue MADRA high-vis vests.

8. We will have some exhibitor stands at the venue where you can buy your dog a dog I.D. tag, or you can also get your pet's portrait taken by a professional photographer.

We hope that you enjoy the day and make sure to bring your raincoats - we know that a little drop of rain won't put you doggy folk off! If you have any friends or family that would like to attend bring them along and they can register on the day.

MADRA Dogathon

To register click on the poster or go to

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