Curragh dog walk set for New Year's Day

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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Curragh dog walk set for New Year's Day

Last year's walkers

Why not step out on New Years Day on a dog walk to raise much needed funds for the Kildare Animal Foundation. 

This year marks the eight annual Curragh Dog Walk, which will take place on January 1 at noon.  

This event brings together hundreds of dogs and their walkers, to raise funds for the animal shelter, which is based just outside Kildare town.  

Donations will be collected on the day from participants and each donation entitles walkers to an entry in the free raffle.

“ Last year we had over 400 dogs walking with their owners, causing quite a spectacle as they strode through the Curragh.  The walk in total is approximately 3 miles but there are options for shortcuts for those who do not wish to do the entire walk,” said the organisers.

The walk starts out at noon from the car park situated opposite the main entrance to the Curragh Racecourse.  Along a route normally reserved for racehorses, the walkers will proceed down the tunnel, crossing under the road and then out onto road that runs alongside the Old Vic gallop.   

Carmel Oakes, wife of Curragh trainer Frank Oakes is co-founder of the event.  

“Kildare Animal Foundation relies solely on donations from the public to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the many animals in their care. The work done by the Foundation for more than two decades is outstanding and we urge people to come out and support the event.  All donations collected at the walk go directly to towards saving and caring for these animals,” she said.  

Kildare Animal Foundation has been in existence for over 20 years and rescues and re-homes a whole range of animals.  In recent years Kildare Animal Foundation have established a much needed Wildlife Centre that rescues and safely releases injured and orphaned wildlife.  

The walk takes place with the kind permission of the Curragh Racecourse.