MORE than 30 Irish dairy calves are being reared by prisoners at Loughan House open prison in Co.Cavan before they are airlifted to Rwanda next year.
The calves will be given to a local third world community to assist them in providing for their families.
Dairy farmers in the region donated new-born Friesian or Holstein calves, less than six weeks old, which were then brought to land on the prison grounds.
Over the course of 18 months, the heifers form part of a working project for prisoners with Irish charity Bóthar.
The charity enables families worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty, providing a means of earning a living with the calves that are donated.
Bóthar patron and celebrity chef Neven Maguire attended a ceremony at the prison yesterday where the prisoners received certificates for their work with the animals.
Ireland’s two open prisons, Loughan House in Co Cavan and Shelton Abbey in Co Wicklow, are taking part in the rehabilitation project.
The low security prisons are for males aged 18 years and over who are regarded as requiring lower levels of security.