All 28 rescued Jack Russell terriers have found homes thanks to the ISPCA

 ALL 28 JACK Russell terrier dogs and puppies were recently given to the ISPCA have been reserved after the charity issued an appeal online.

The ISPCA responded to a call expressing concern for the welfare of 28 dogs on a property recently and found that they had been allowed to breed freely and the number of dogs was spiralling out of control.

The dogs were taken to the National Animal Centre in Longford for veterinary care. The majority of the dogs found were just 18 months old or less, and the group included 17 puppies.

The charity released images of the dogs online last Friday and they gained a huge amount of social media attention.

Speaking to this morning, a spokesperson for the ISPCA said:

The ISPCA is delighted all 28 Jack Russell Terrier dogs and puppies recently rescued have all been reserved pending home visits and will be going to their new homes shortly.

All the dogs and puppies at the National Animal Centre are neutered or spayed, micro-chipped, vaccinated and treated for parasites before being responsibly rehomed.

The ISPCA said that the rescue and rehabilitation of such a large number of dogs and puppies places a significant amount of pressure on the ISPCA, both financially and in terms of accommodating such an influx of animals.

In light of the rescue of the large group of Jack Russell terriers, the charity has issued a reminder to pet owners that spaying or neutering “is the kindest thing you can do for your pets”.

“Not only does it bring many positive benefits for both owners and their pets like reducing the risk of certain cancers, curbing unwanted sexual behaviour, marking, but it also improves health and lifespan,” the spokesperson said.

“In the majority of cases, neutering or spaying is the best thing you can do for your pets, so please speak to your vet today.”

Last year, 16,312 calls were made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline, resulting in over 3,200 investigations. In total, 995 animals were seized or surrendered.

The National Animal Centre in Longford is open every Wednesday to Sunday between 11.30am and 4pm, where visitors can meet the animals in the centre’s care.

For more information about other dogs and puppies who are in need of a home, click here.


The New Dawn of Education in Ireland

In a world where success means academic achievement and financial gain, are we letting our children miss out on something that could make them happy, and that could result in the kind of world we want them to grow up in? With bullying on the increase and the number of children and young people suffering from mental health issues on the rise, the need for a new approach in schools has become apparent.

Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it’s the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves.” – Sir Ken Robinson, author on cultural and creative education.

Through ChangeX, the platform of social innovations, a number of innovations that support and encourage compassion, empathy, kindness, imagination, self-esteem, respect and critical thinking taking are off throughout the country. We meet the people behind Mindfulness Matters, Playworks and Peace First and talk to teachers who are noticing exceptional results.

Teaching our Children to be Mindful

Mindfulness, a buzz word that started taking hold in mainstream media a few years ago, has stood its ground. Unsurprisingly, companies that invest in employee wellbeing, such as Google, Yahoo and Apple encourage mindfulness in the workplace. NUI Galway last year introduced The Mindful Way initiative at its campus, incorporating mindfulness into its teaching, studying and researching practices.


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Fighting Isolation and Loneliness in Men – the extraordinary power of the Men’s Shed

Men’s Sheds: An Antidote to Loneliness and Isolation

John Evoy could have done with a support like Men’s Shed when he was a young man. Having struggled with issues common to so many young men himself, when he visited his first Men’s Shed in Australia, he realised it’s what had been missing in his home country all along.

“When I was younger, I experienced some of the issues that some of the guys in the sheds are going through and I have a lot of empathy with them. I was born and raised on a farm in Co Wexford, and I ended up living alone with my grandmother through certain circumstances in late teens and 20s. At the time, I also stopped farming. We sold the cows, which was a huge deal, especially because of the intergenerational links with the farm and the importance of the land in Ireland. I felt so isolated.”

Joyce Country wheelin’

WHEN the whole country was told to enjoy the sunshine because it would be the last we’d see of it I raised my hand in Mayo News HQ to discover some tourism gems.


What better way to spend a day than rediscovering some of my favourite spots around Mayo, and in the sunshine no less. The only downside to getting out of the office for the day was my mode of transport, I offered to visit ‘Joyce Country’ by bike, forgetting that the last time I was on the saddle was nearly a year ago.

After a few false starts (borrowing a bike only to find it was meant for someone over six foot tall) I hit towards the border, on a mountain bike with deflating tyres. The dodgy tyres couldn’t deflate the mood though, the sky was blue, the tunes were great (yes, I had earphones in, but the music was really low, I promise) and the open road meandering through the Lough Mask area and over the border.


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Sensational Ireland create history with stunning victory over the All Blacks!

Ireland 40 New Zealand 29

History in Chicago. The long wait is over. After 111 years of trying, Ireland have finally beaten the All Blacks and they thoroughly deserved it after a game that was eerily reminiscent of the 2013 clash, only this time Robbie Henshaw had the final say.

The men in green were well worth their win, eschewing their kicking game to ground and pound at the home of the Chicago Bears, while dominating an understrength New Zealand pack at set-piece time.

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‘Nana is a celebrity now’: The story behind this heartwarming photo


This photograph was voted the winner of Centra’s #LiveToday competition, celebrating living in the moment. More than a thousand people entered – but Martina Corry, 24, from Clare won the popular vote with this striking image of her grandmother waiting at the door to go to a party.

Here, Martina tells the story behind the picture – and how her grandmother’s approach to life has influenced the family. 

THIS IS A photo of my grandmother Josie O’Brien, but Nana O’Brien to all of us. She’s 88. She was the youngest of eight, but she’s the last one remaining. It was taken in Tula, Co Clare, where she lives.
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O’Connor and Gleeson scoop GAA/GPA Young Hurler and Young Footballer of the Year awards

MAYO’S DIARMUID O’CONNOR and Deise star Austin Gleeson were honoured with the prestigious Young Player of the Year awards at tonight’s GAA/GPA Opel Allstar bash at the Convention Centre in the capital.

21-year-old O’Connor, picked up his second straight Young Footballer of the Year and now stands level with big brother Cillian as two-time winners of the award. His Grandmother, Teresa O’Donovan, was a local in The Neale.


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Family hail community response in search for son

The family of an Erris man who drowned at sea last year have hailed the ‘incredible’ support they received from the community in the search for his body.
The body of Daniel Doherty (22) was found in Lacken Bay on September 25, two weeks after he went missing whilst out working his lobster pots off the Erris coast.
An inquest into his death last Wednesday heard that the huge land and sea search saw hundreds of people lend their support.
Figures from the Irish Coast Guard show that 150 people helped during the week and that figure rose to 500 at the weekend. However, the family stress these figures just account for those who signed up at a local community centre – many more simply joined the search mid stream.

“The help we got from the wider community was incredible. We will be forever grateful,” Daniel’s mother Noreen said afterwards.

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Fashion and fizz at The Lodge

AN evening of fashion, fizz and elegance will take place at The Lodge at Ashford this Saturday to raise funds for Cong Village playground.
A selection of Autumn/Winter fashions will be showcased by Catwalk Model Agency who will bring to life the latest trends from eleven ladies boutiques across the west of Ireland.

Cupcakes and prosecco will greet those in attendance and all proceeds on the night will go towards the much needed Cong Village playground which will be a reality in time for summer 2017.

Organiser Suzanne Devereux says it’s going to be a fantastic evening of fashion adding that The Lodge at Ashford was the ‘perfect venue’.

Fundraising for the playground, which is planned to start early next year, near the new carpark outside the village, started last October.

“It’s something we’ve needed for years and years and we’ve been trying to raise funds and secure the site. We hope to get LEADER funding next year,” explained Susan.

To date, the Cong playground committee has raised €16,000. The committee along with Cong Tidy Towns would like to thank Sweeney Oil and The Lodge at Ashford Castle for their generous support for this event.



Mayo lady celebrates her 104th birthday!

Congratulations to Mayo lady Mrs. Elizabeth McGowan (Lizzy) who has celebrated her 104thbirthday. Lizzy blew out the candles on her cake with her family and friends who joined her for the big party in St. Brendan’s Unit, Mulranny.

childAmong the guests was her great-granddaughter Caitlin O’Reilly (pictured below) who is more than a century younger than Lizzy.

Caitlin’s eyes were wide with excitement as she enjoyed celebrating her great-grandmother’s birthday – the age difference between them is 102.5 years.