16 January 2006

Stolen donkeys found in Limerick


**See >>original story. I think RTÉ has the date of the theft wrong.

16 January 2006 17:05

Four donkeys which were taken from a farm in Co Armagh last November have been found in Co Limerick.

The donkeys mysteriously disappeared from a farm at Tandragee in Co Armagh on the night of 29 November.

Their owner, Jennifer Clint, issued a nationwide appeal in the media both in Ireland and the UK for their safe return.

However, there was no sign of the donkeys for seven weeks until today when gardaí located them in a field outside Rathkeale.

Local people alerted them that donkeys had been seen grazing in the area along with 30 horses.

Ms Clint, who travelled from Armagh to identify them, said they were underweight and traumatised but otherwise well.

She said it is absolutely unbelievable to have them back, adding that people had been so good during the search. She is now making arrangements to bring them home.

Gardaí say they are carrying out a number of inquiries to establish the animals' movements and how they ended up in Rathkeale.

A file on the matter is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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