If you’re looking for a splash of colour and excitement on Easter Sunday you could do worse than head for Ballymacelligott and to O Riada’s Bar and Restaurant for a special event from 3pm to 6pm.
There and then AHAR – the Animal Heaven Animal Rescue people – are hosting ‘A Mad Hatters’ Tea Party’ to raise funds for their ongoing and relentless devotion to animal welfare from their base in Doolague, just outside Castleisland and off the Tralee Road at Rahilly’s Cross.
Don’t be late for this important Date !!!!
“A Red Queen, A White Rabbit and a girl called Alice will lead you down the rabbit hole for a fun filled family experience. Lots of kids’ activities are planned…games such as a red rose relay, flamingo croquet, Off with her head…and a Mad Egg Hunt. A Mad Hatters’ Tea Party will be held in the marquee with lots of cool photo opportunities, raffles and giveaways.
Yummy themed goodies will be available and a craft corner will be in place also. Face painting and maybe more surprises. A memorable day will be had in aid of a fantastic cause,” according to the invitation.
Admission is €20 per family or €5 per person. you will receive a personalised pass by order of the Queen of hearts.
“This would make a fantastic gift for nieces and nephews in lieu of an Easter egg…and we give them one anyway. Please spread the word to achieve a full house. We are currently running a competition on Facebook for a family pass.
A special thanks to Mary and her staff for facilitating us. A special thanks to any suppliers who are sponsoring goods or services and people who are volunteering and they will publish the list when it’s complete,” they promise.
Booking is advisable by calling Caroline on 087 2929237
Animal Heaven Animal Rescue recently moved its new premises just outside Castleisland just off the L2020. They extend their thanks to everyone of their army who have donated, fundraised and volunteered to make this possible.
Great strides have been made in a short while and through many trials and setbacks. At present the rescue centre is comprised of one main building, which houses the horses and a number of dogs. This is the main arena and while it does have good facilities, the growing number of animals in crisis means that a number of dogs need to be currently housed in temporary structures.
“While they are comfortable and well cared for, we wish to build permanent, purpose built, all weather kennels, capable of housing up to 200 dogs with proper veterinary facilities.
If you follow AHAR on Facebook you will know that Suzanne Gibbons and her team of volunteers take dogs from Tralee, Cavan and Monaghan pounds on a regular basis. They rescue and feed horses in crisis from the length and breadth of the country.
“Many animals come to us in an emaciated condition, needing constant care as well as veterinary care. All animals are vaccinated,wormed, microchipped and neutered. All horses are vaccinated, microchipped, gelded, shod and passported.
All of this is a costly business, with the centre often housing up to 300 abandoned, unwanted furbabies. As well as investing in facilities, we are trying to put AHAR on a firm financial standing for times to come and, the equine and canine crisis in this country is only worsening.”
The Easter Sunday afternoon at O Riada’s in Ballymacelligott could be your opportunity to support the largely unseen, animal rescue work going on at the new and still developing centre.