t is believed that donkeys first arrived in Ireland from Britain, having been brought by the Romans from the Middle East and the Mediterranean. They soon became loyal, hardy and sturdy working farm animals; hauling seaweed for fertiliser, turf from the bog for fuel and anything else that needed to be moved to village or farm. They can get by on poor grazing, which is just as well, as they often have to. However, they will not eat rushes; as can be seen here!
Today there are very few working donkeys left, and now most are kept as pets, or perhaps for nostalgic reasons.