The Big Paws

Celebrating our dogs who have passed away

A group of people walking in the forest at sunset

Join us for The Big Paws - A new unique experience to celebrate our dogs who have passed away

Malahide Castle Event   

The Big Paws is not just a walk, it’s a celebration. Join us for an evening filled with lights, live music, and magical moments that honour the special bond we share with our furry friends. Let's create lasting memories as we come together to celebrate the dogs who have brought joy and love into our lives.

To ensure you have plenty of time to savour the experience of The Big Paws and make the most of this special event, we'll be spacing out start times from 7:30pm. *Please check your ticket for your registration time* This means you can arrive, take in the ambiance, and soak up the good vibes without feeling rushed. Whether you want to snap some paw-some pics, enjoy the music, or simply relish the lights and atmosphere, you'll have the freedom to do it all.

Get your tickets and event pack now, while they are still available and join us for an unforgettable evening of togetherness, remembrance, and celebration. *Please note, packs will now be available for collection at the event and will no longer be posted.*


September 30th, 2023


Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin


From 7:30pm *please check your ticket for your registration time* (admission with tickets only)


3.5km walk through the grounds of Malahide Castle and experience magical light displays highlighting the wonderful bond shared between dogs and their owners. There will be goodies and treats for both dogs and people handed out during the event, as well as live music and plenty of exciting surprises in between.


Purchase a ticket today to our Malahide Castle Event and start getting excited to receive your special event pack including ‘The Big Paws’ merchandise, or see other ways you can get involved below.

Join dog lovers all over Ireland on September 30th for “The Big Paws with Dogs Trust”.


Event has now passed. Please check back for future Big Paws events.

Local Events

Can't come to the Malahide Castle event, but still want to get involved?

Walk with your local community of dog lovers on September 30th!

Join a walk that is happening near you! Just click on the town and contact the organiser to book your place.

Solo Walkers

If you feel that you are not yet ready to share your grief with others or if you would rather commemorate your four-legged friend on their favourite walking route, you can still take part in The Big Paws with Dogs Trust. Join with Ireland's dog lovers as you walk a route that is special to you. While your pack will arrive after the 30th, we would love if you would still consider taking part and share any photos you take on social media using #TheBigPaws

Event has now passed. Please check back for future Big Paws events.

Does your company want to support The Big Paws?

How can my company take part in The Big Paws?

We have a range of opportunities for your company to get involved in this year’s The Big Paws, such as event sponsorship, support, corporate volunteering, or product sponsorship. If your company would like to get involved this year, please contact Ailbhe White, Partnerships Manager to learn more.

Can my company organise our own The Big Paws with Dogs Trust walk?

Are you looking to host your own The Big Paws with Dogs Trust event through your company, organisation, or business? We would love for you and your colleagues to get involved this year. Why not host a lunch time walk or gather in your local park or walkway. To register your interest or to learn more about how you and your company can take part, please email Louise Regazzoli.


What time does The Big Paws main event start?

Registration starts at 7:30pm on September 30th. *Please check your ticket for your exact registration time*

To ensure …

How long will the walk be?

The Malahide Castle Event walk will be about 3.5km long, but it will be done at a slow pace as there will be lots of …

What's in my pack and when will I receive it?

The packs for each event type (National, Regional and Solo) will differ slightly, but each pack contains goodies so …

Can dogs attend this event?

Dog tickets are now sold out. If you have purchased a dog ticket, please ensure your dog is well behaved, and …

Can children attend this event?

The national event is family friendly and is suitable for children to attend once you have booked a child’s ticket(s). …

How much are tickets for Solo Events?

There are no tickets attached to solo events however we would appreciate a donation when you sign up to support our …

Does my solo event need to be at a certain time?

We understand that sunset or evening time may not work for everyone’s schedule so you can organise your solo walk at …

How can my school get involved?

We would be delighted to have your school take part! Please email us for information on how your school can get …

Do I need to fundraise for The Big Paws?

While we would love if you could fundraise, we understand not everyone is in a position to do so. If you would like to …

Where does my ticket price and fundraising go?

Every donation made toward The Big Paws will help to provide a cosy bed, veterinary care, nutritious food and, above …

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