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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Thursday 15th November 2018, 8:14

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Great result for the SARDA dog teams on the Isle of Man.**CALL OUT **DOG FIND**
At 23:35 police requested dog teams to deploy to search for a high risk misper. Dog handler Jim Macgregor with search dog Star and navigator Jody Smith, dog handler Gary Wright with search dog Holly and navigator Mal Stewart and dog handler Marc Marshall with search dog Matt and navigator Ffinlo Williams attend the call.
After several areas searched, Search dog Matt found the missing person. Handler Marc and navigator Ffinlo administered first aid and a coastguard rescue team used their basket stretch to carry the casualty to the Ambulance.

Great team work by all involved, from the police and ESJCR coordinating the search and teams, SARDA in locating the person and the Coastguard assisting in the search and carrying the casualty out as well as the ambulance crew for treating the patient.
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Congratulations to all on a successful find!

Thursday 18th October 2018, 21:30

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Last Friday the crew of Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 welcomed two of our dog handlers, Gerry Tobin and Eadaoin O'Gorman to their base. We were made to feel very welcome by Adrian O'Hara, Neville Murphy and Jason O'Flynn, and the dogs were given plenty of playtime in between the familiarisation work in and around the helicopter, with gradually increasing noise levels. The trip culminated in a dry-winching exercise (all while SARDA member & photographer Noel Culbert was living his dream, pretending to be a pilot). Also worth noting was that that the two namesakes (winchman Murphy and search dog Murphy) hit it off straight away and had a ball – literally. It was love at first sight. Thank you Rescue 117 for giving us such an “uplifting” experience and we look forward to working with you in the future. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thanks for the great video, Noel Culbert!

Fantastic video guys 👍 Great to have ye with us (especially Murphy). Keep up the good work and I look forward to the next training session

Both teams are the unsung heroes for the work that they carry out on a daily basis. Keep up the great work and stay safe

I'd say both Murphys are partial to a bit of cake also.... 😂😂

Murphy the Border Collie training with Murphy the Bearded Collie

Well done guys , ye are just simply amazing , fab dog too

Heroes all - thank you folks!

Great!

Laura Moran Michelle Whelan

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Monday 15th October 2018, 21:17

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA held a national training weekend in Wicklow over Sat and Sun. Very poor visibility and heavy rain hampered the proceedings somewhat on Saturday, but Sunday was a fine clear day. A few of our dog teams are progressing nicely towards novice & upgrade assessments, so watch this space! Thanks a lot to everyone who bodied over the weekend, to Louise Burgoyne and Sheelagh O'Malley for organising all the practical arrangements, and to Henry Smith, Catherine Kelly, Michael Grant and Eadaoin O'Gorman for setting search areas and observing the dog teams working through them. ... See MoreSee Less

SARDA held a national training weekend in Wicklow over Sat and Sun. Very poor visibility and heavy rain hampered the proceedings somewhat on Saturday, but Sunday was a fine clear day. A few of our dog teams are progressing nicely towards novice & upgrade assessments, so watch this space! Thanks a lot to everyone who bodied over the weekend, to Louise Burgoyne and Sheelagh OMalley for organising all the practical arrangements, and to Henry Smith, Catherine Kelly, Michael Grant and Eadaoin OGorman for setting search areas and observing the dog teams working through them.

 

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Photo: Sheelagh O'Malley with trainee search dog Rowan. Photo by Janet Murphy.

they are devoted to each other

Hard Work!!! Thank You!!

Fab shot Sheelagh!

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