Inmates at Castlerea Prison who are nearing the end of their sentence and have an interest in animals are being encouraged to take part in a course, in which they can develop skills for employment in the horse industry after their release.

The Minister for Justice Helen McEntee visited the prison yesterday to officially open the new Horses of Hope Equine Centre.

The facility includes single stables for 10 horses with tack room and storage area, as well as an exercise arena, and has been developed on grounds adjacent to Castlerea prison.

Governor of Castlerea Prison Anthony Shally says the Horses for Hope programme is providing prisoners with an opportunity to leave prison with a skill and a work ethic that will allow them to re-enter society as positive contributors.

Governor Shally has been telling Midwest News how the equine centre came about at the prison....





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