Welcome to SARDA Ireland

Dedicated to the training and deployment of Air Scenting Search and Rescue Dogs, SARDA Ireland’s objective is to assist in the search and rescue of missing persons on the hills or wherever they may be.

SARDA Ireland is a voluntary 999 / 112 emergency search and rescue organisation concerned with the training, assessment and deployment of Air Scenting Search and Rescue Dogs to search for missing persons. Our dog teams, which consist of the handler and their dog, search anywhere in Ireland and are effective in the mountains, woodlands, rural and urban areas, waterways and seashore, as well as in locating accident or disaster victims.

Search And Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) was set up in 1987 as a Registered Charity (No. 11172) and is a member of Mountain Rescue Ireland www.mountainrescue.ie and NSARDA (National Search And Rescue Dog Association) in the UK www.nsarda.org.uk which comprises SARDA organisations in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

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Tuesday 19th March 2019, 13:08

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Good boy Ziggy! And Michael Grant too of course. 😉 See our earlier post for more details about the other callouts over the last two days which SARDA responded to.Third callout in two days. Callout from Gardai at 17.00 for male walker lost in fog near top of Slievenamon. Missing walker located by search dog Ziggy and handler Mick. Missing walker and all SEMRA search parties safely off the mountain by 19.30. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday 19th March 2019, 13:02

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
It has been a very busy couple of days for SARDA. On Sunday (St. Patricks Day) Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were called out with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association in the late afternoon to search for three hill-walkers lost in the Comeragh mountains. As the search teams were making their way to the area, the news came in that the walkers had found a prominent land mark and knew where they were. The search dog team made their way up to meet them and accompanied them down to the car park. This was SEMRAs 2nd callout that day as they had already rescued an injured walker on Slievenamon, Co. Tipperary a couple of hours earlier; Mick also assisted with that incident. In between those two callouts, Mick and Ziggy were also put on standby for a search in Wicklow but stood down shortly afterwards. 
On Monday 18th March Michael Grant (with search dog Ziggy) and Louise Burgoyne (with search dog Lyla) were both tasked in the early afternoon to assist the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue team with a search in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. The dog teams were stood down en route when the missing person was located by MR personnel and airlifted to hospital. On Monday evening, both Mick & Ziggy and Louise & Lyla were again called out with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to search for a walker who was lost in the fog near the top of Slievenamon. The search parties were able to get a fix on his position on the mountain using the Sarloc system, after which he was successfully located by search dog Ziggy and handler Mick. The walker and all search parties were safely off the mountain by 7.30pm. A great result all round!

It has been a very busy couple of days for SARDA. On Sunday (St. Patrick's Day) Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were called out with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association in the late afternoon to search for three hill-walkers lost in the Comeragh mountains. As the search teams were making their way to the area, the news came in that the walkers had found a prominent land mark and knew where they were. The search dog team made their way up to meet them and accompanied them down to the car park. This was SEMRA's 2nd callout that day as they had already rescued an injured walker on Slievenamon, Co. Tipperary a couple of hours earlier; Mick also assisted with that incident. In between those two callouts, Mick and Ziggy were also put on standby for a search in Wicklow but stood down shortly afterwards.
On Monday 18th March Michael Grant (with search dog Ziggy) and Louise Burgoyne (with search dog Lyla) were both tasked in the early afternoon to assist the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue team with a search in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. The dog teams were stood down en route when the missing person was located by MR personnel and airlifted to hospital. On Monday evening, both Mick & Ziggy and Louise & Lyla were again called out with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to search for a walker who was lost in the fog near the top of Slievenamon. The search parties were able to get a fix on his position on the mountain using the Sarloc system, after which he was successfully located by search dog Ziggy and handler Mick. The walker and all search parties were safely off the mountain by 7.30pm. A great result all round!
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Photo of Ziggy by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association.

Congrats, everyone, who took part in all those searches over the weekend. True heroes!

Love to hear all this good work that's being done ....wonderful

A well deserved bone for Ziggy I think! And for Mick as well if he wants...

Great asset to have available.well done and keep up the great work.👍

Fantastic work!! Well done 🙏🏼

Great work SARDA.

Well done, Mick and Louise!

Well done Mick and ziggy and Louise and lyla!

Well done guys

Well done Mick

Well done teams! 🐕🐶🥇

a busy few days then

Well done all

Well done!!

Well done Louise Burgoyne and Lyla, Michael Grant and Ziggy!

Go Ziggy!

Brilliant

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Saturday 16th March 2019, 22:30

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Sad and poignant news today. Caitríona Lucas's (RIP) search dog Zac has passed away at the age of 14. Caitríona and Zac were on SARDA's callout list for 7 years and responded to numerous incidents around the country during their service. We will never forget them. 💔 Thank you for the beautiful photo, Bernard Lucas. ... See MoreSee Less

Sad and poignant news today. Caitríona Lucass (RIP) search dog Zac has passed away at the age of 14. Caitríona and Zac were on SARDAs callout list for 7 years and responded to numerous incidents around the country during their service. We will never forget them. 💔 Thank you for the beautiful photo, Bernard Lucas.

 

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RIP zac 😢

RIP brave Zac!!! You’ve served your country well!!! 🙏🏻🇨🇮

So sorry to hear RIP Zac.

Such a beautiful photo they are now together again sleep well zac😘💐

Sleep tight Zac and thankyou for all the searching 🥰

Run free search dog Zac and thank you for your hard work. X

RIP Zac

R.I.P. Zac, chase those memories.

They are together again RIP

Prayers

Very sad news, our sympathies to the Lucas family and to all in SARDA. May they rest in peace together.

RIP Zac, thanks for all the runouts! Great memories of training with Catriona and Zac with my dear old Nemo.

Anne Walsh 💕

Poor Luv

Sleep tight Zac and thankyou for all the searching 🥰

So sorry to read this. 🐾🐾💔

So sorry💔

So very sorry x

Cathriona and Zac were such a brilliant team..it was such a honour to be both a friend and colleague to them during my years in Sarda

Condolences to all family friends and all who knew Zac RIP Search dog Zac

Run free over rainbow 🌈 bridge Zac Rest easy ❤️

Such a beautiful picture-RIP together ❤️

💔🐾

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