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.
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: