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Inmates praise new Castlerea Prison Equine rehabilitation centre

Apr 20, 2022 14:04 By Shannonside News
Inmates praise new Castlerea Prison Equine rehabilitation centre Inmates praise new Castlerea Prison Equine rehabilitation centre
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The new unit is designed to teach inmates the skills needed to work with horses in a professional setting.

Prisoners are praising the new equine rehabilitation centre established at Castlerea Prison

The 10 bay unit is due to be opened today by Justice Minister Helen McEntee.

Up to 8 prisoners can take part in a full time course over a number of weeks, where they learn how to professionally work with and care for horses.

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It's hoped the programme will teach compassion as well as lowering the re-offending risk of inmates taking part, with a qualification provided to successful participants.

Similar programmes are run in the United States, with the Roscommon facility being the first of its type in Europe.

This man currently serving a sentence in Castlerea Prison has been taking part in the course:

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