The Galway based dog rescue charity MADRA has acquired a towering new patron in Connacht Rugby’s Ultan Dillane.
MADRA – Mutts Anonymous Dog Rescue and Adoption – is a volunteer-run dog rescue and adoption charity based in Camus, Connemara.
Dillane, who has appeared 89 times with Connacht “has a big heart and a genuine love of animals,” according to MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler.
“We at MADRA are delighted to welcome Ultan Dillane as our new patron to stand up and speak for our rescue dogs,” Marina said.
“It is so important to us that people like Ultan, who have a strong following, help us to keep animal welfare in the public eye.”
Ultan was part of Connacht’s famous PRO12 Championship victory in 2016. He has 14 Irish international caps, and made his debut with the Irish squad against England during the 2016 six nations.
Along with his obvious brilliance as a sportsman, Ultan will bring a lot to his new role as patron of the charity, and we can’t wait to work with him,” says Marina.
Ultan was born in Paris, Francem but at the age of seven, he moved to Ireland, settling in Tralee in his mother’s native county of Kerry.
He came into the Connacht academy for the 2012/13 season, making his Connacht debut in the 2014/15 season against Leinster.
Dillane said that he is honoured to become a patron for MADRA, adding that he loves dogs and they have been a big part of his life from a young age.
“Animal welfare is something I am particularly passionate about, so I am delighted to come on board to help highlight some of the issues faced today.”
MADRA’s other patrons include musician Sharon Shannon and Pete Wedderburn, known as Pete the Vet.
In keeping with their newest patron, MADRA are auctioning a signed Connacht rugby ball from Thursday, December 19th to Saturday, December 21st until 9pm – opening bids start at €20.
To take part and raise vital funds for the animal rescue charity in the run up to Christmas, you can place your bid on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels and also via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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