Award Winning Journalism.

As I was reading our dear Mikhail’s previous post (in which he successfully and importantly used the phrase “On Like Donkey Kong” in a sentence) it came to my attention that the “Possibly Related Posts” WordPress is trying to send me to include one called:

“Berserk Donkeys and Super Rabbits…”

Upon further research into the reliability of this tale, the investigative team of Emelianov/Hawthorne have uncovered the following important facts:


2. The above truth proving website includes the following VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE:

We’re obliged to Galway First’s [the newspaper in which this story first appeared] Keith Lynch for getting back to us this afternoon. Here’s his response:

Sadly Ms Legova has now gone into hiding following the incident. The man at the centre of the case, Mr McCarney was heavily fined and is rumoured to now be bankrupt.

But, most importantly, we have highlighted a serious issues. Donkey crimes like this are all too common in Ireland’s west. The gardaí have intensified their efforts to stop this horrible abuse. We were just glad we could bring it to the people.

Please draw your attention to the following story in which a man and his beloved donkey try to make new friends:

A man who was found dressed in latex and handcuffs brought a donkey to his room in a Galway city centre hotel, because he was advised “to get out and meet people,” the local court heard last week.

Thomas Aloysius McCarney with an address in south Galway was charged with cruelty to animals, lewd and obscene behaviour, and with being a danger to himself when he appeared before the court on Friday. He was also charged with damage to a mini-bar in the room, but this charge was later dropped when the defendant said that it was the donkey who caused that damage.

Solicitor for the accused Ms Sharon Fitzhenry said that her client had been through a difficult time lately and that his wife had left him and that his life had become increasingly lonely.

“Mr McCarney has been attending counselling at which he was told that he would be advised to get out and meet people and do interesting things. It was this advice that saw him book into the city centre hotel with a donkey,” she said. She added that Mr McCarney also suffered from a fixation with the Shrek movies and could constantly be heard at work talking to himself saying things like “Isn’t that right, Donkey?”

Supt John McBrearty told the court that Mr McCarney who had signed in as “ Mr Shrek” had told hotel staff that the donkey was a family pet and that this was believed by the hotel receptionist who the supt said was “young and hadn’t great English.”

Receptionist Irina Legova said that Mr McCarney had told her that the donkey was a breed of “super rabbit” which he was bringing to a pet fair in the city. The court was told that the donkey went berserk in the middle of the night and ran amok in the hotel corridor, forcing hotel staff to call the gardai. [Ireland’s National Police Service]

McCarney was found in the room wearing a latex suit and handcuffs, the key to which the donkey is believed to have swallowed. He was removed to Mill St station after which it is said he was the subject of much mirth among the lads next door in The Galway Arms.

He was fined €2,000 for bringing the donkey to the room under the Unlawful Accommodation of Donkeys Act 1837. Other charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.


I can only imagine the problems they were having in Galway in the 1830s with everyone and their brother accomodating so many donkeys that legislation had to be enacted. Perhaps there are little known later stories of donkeys… The Great Donkey Uprising of 1864, for instance, in which the donkeys revolt and demand the reinstatement of their right to accommodation.

4 thoughts on “Award Winning Journalism.

  1. Well. Everyone seems to be glossing over the fact that it was NOT a donkey after all. I can’t find any Law or Act banning Super Rabbits from hotels…

  2. Happy to say that the story in question is totally untrue. It was, I believe concocted to bring awareness to the launch of the Galway First news paper. This seemed to work as the clipping is all over the net.

    After publishing this and a few other spoof articles, the Galway First had to resort to sticking them in a special spoof page weekly as certain Galwegians found it hard to tell fiction from reality.

    The Galway First newspaper has since gone out of print.

  3. Yeah lived around galway for a while, seem to remember that spoof coming out. Shame it is not true. Oh sod it. It’s true as far I am concerned. Let’s make it some kind of meme.

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