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 2nd October 2018, 20:42

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Very sad news today. Search dog Dexter has passed away after a short illness – far too soon, and in his prime. This is a huge loss to his handler Gerry Tobin, who is also SARDA's training officer, and to SARDA Ireland. Since qualifying as a search dog team in 2013 the pair have been on callouts all over Ireland and assisted with numerous incidents – many of them with their home team South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. In May 2015, their skills directly resulted in saving a person's life after Dexter successfully located an unconscious casualty in difficult circumstances. Gerry and Dex have also been a familiar sight at many emergency services events as well as visits to schools – with his friendly nature, Dex was always a great ambassador for search dogs! We at SARDA Ireland can't believe that this legend of a dog is no longer with us, and our hearts are broken for Gerry and his family. Rest in peace, Dex, and thank you for your service. ... See MoreSee Less

Very sad news today. Search dog Dexter has passed away after a short illness – far too soon, and in his prime. This is a huge loss to his handler Gerry Tobin, who is also SARDAs training officer, and to SARDA Ireland. Since qualifying as a search dog team in 2013 the pair have been on callouts all over Ireland and assisted with numerous incidents – many of them with their home team South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. In May 2015, their skills directly resulted in saving a persons life after Dexter successfully located an unconscious casualty in difficult circumstances. Gerry and Dex have also been a familiar sight at many emergency services events as well as visits to schools – with his friendly nature, Dex was always a great ambassador for search dogs! We at SARDA Ireland cant believe that this legend of a dog is no longer with us, and our hearts are broken for Gerry and his family. Rest in peace, Dex, and thank you for your service.

 

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So sorry to hear that about Dexter. Sorry for your loss Gerry and all the SARDA team. Had the pleasure of meeting Dexter and Gerry when they came to Belmullet to assist the Ballyglass Coast Guard in the search for the missing crew of R116. Rip Dexter❤️😥

So sorry to hear this, he was such a lovely dog with such a great personality, so friendly. You were a great team, thinking of you and your family 😪

An amazing dog ❤ Rest in peace Dexter...our thoughts are with you all ❤

Gerry, this is just the saddest news. We will all miss dex, he was a beautiful dog & loved by all that met him. Hope you will be ok, thinking of you at this really sad time, RIP Dex, doggy heaven has a true hero today xx 😢

So sorry to hear of Dexters passing,the work dogs like Dexter and their handlers do can never ever be under estimated,it is not until you witness their skills first hand that you appreciate their immense worth!R.i.P Dexter and thank you and Gerry for your service and hard work!

Sorry to hear about Dexter. Anne Walsh this is the lovely dog I was telling you about that we met at the Emergency Services Day. He was so friendly. 😢

Very saddened to hear this news, and I’m sorry for your loss Gerry. I was there at the callout in 2015, and will never forget what Dexter did that night. I’ll also confess to sneaking him a custard cream or two at the debrief. Good boy, Dex!

Heartbreaking........ to lose such a devoted team mate and faithful friend. My thoughts go out to the entire SARDA team and especially Gerry. Words can not express the giant hole left when such a gentle, dedicated soul passes on. It was an honor to "body" for him.

Our thoughts are with Gerry and everyone South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association at this impossible time. RIP Dexter, Still on the hill x 🐾💕

My sinceres sympathies to Gerry, and all involved, a very sad day indeed 😢 dogs always have such a special place in our hearts and I'm sure Dexter memory will live on xxx

Sorry for your loss Gerry condolences to all who know you and your beautiful search dog RIP Dexter thanks for your service

So very sad to hear this news. I learnt alot from Gerry and Dex when I visited in 2016. Sending my condolences to all at SARDA Ireland

Gerry, I'm so sorry to hear about Dex, thinking of you and all in SARDA Ireland at this sad time.

Oh Gerry I’m so sorry to hear this as I know over the many years of how much part of a family these dogs are to you and your family ❤️

Terribly sad news 😢 Run free, Dexter x Wishing all the love and comfort in the world to Gerry, his family and team-mates xx

Oh dear sorry to hear that, he’ll be missed by all. Thank you to Dexter and Gerry for all their assistance in cases.

So.sorry to hear of your loss, Gerry. Hard to lose a dog at any age but especially in their prime..😢

Our sincere condolences

Gerry, my deepest condolences. A beautiful dog whose kind and gentle nature made everyone feel at ease. Sending love at this difficult time. Rest easy Dex, run free with Nemo and all the other much loved and lost companions. Xx

Had the absolute pleasure of meeting both Gerry and Dex twice in college for a talk and demonstration on the incredible work that SARDA do. So sorry to hear this. Thoughts are with Gerry and all involved with SARDA. Rest in peace, Dex 🐾❤️

So sorry to hear that sad news. Ye and the dogs do amazing work. Sympathy to Dexters family run free Dexter.x

So so sorry Gerry. We will miss Dex so much. Thank you for all the great days Dex and Gerry. True volunteerism. Legends😢

Gerry, it’s sad when any dog dies but when one as special as Dex leaves it’s just devastating. Mind yourself now.

So very sorry for your loss. Words cannot make the loss any easier but the memory of him will always live on. Run free Dexter 🌈

So sorry for the sad loss beautiful Dexter

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Tuesday 11th September 2018, 18:09

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA held a national training weekend in Co. Waterford over Fri and Sat. Original plan had been to train at Lough Mohra in the Comeraghs on Saturday but, due to very poor visibility, we decamped to Tickincor forest nearby where we ran two search areas with Gerry Tobin, Michael Grant, Helen NicChonmara and Eadaoin OGorman supervising the training. On Sunday we trained at Bay Lough near The Vee. Henry Smith and Louise Burgoyne joined our merry gang for three areas, with young pupsters and more experienced dogs all going through their paces. Many thanks to all our dogsbodies and everyone else who helped out!

SARDA held a national training weekend in Co. Waterford over Fri and Sat. Original plan had been to train at Lough Mohra in the Comeraghs on Saturday but, due to very poor visibility, we decamped to Tickincor forest nearby where we ran two search areas with Gerry Tobin, Michael Grant, Helen NicChonmara and Eadaoin O'Gorman supervising the training. On Sunday we trained at Bay Lough near The Vee. Henry Smith and Louise Burgoyne joined our merry gang for three areas, with young pupsters and more experienced dogs all going through their paces. Many thanks to all our dogsbodies and everyone else who helped out! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Photo: Louise with Mike's trainee dog Penelope. Photo by Mike Palmer.

Tuesday 4th September 2018, 14:36

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Sunday was a busy day for SARDA's handlers with two callouts in the Galtee Mountains. The 1st callout kicked off in the early afternoon after a hillwalker got disoriented in the heavy fog near the summit and required assistance. Two dog teams (Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy and Eadaoin O'Gorman with search dog Murphy) responded along with their home team, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. Happily, with assistance over the phone from the SEMRA callout officer the walker was able make his way down to meet the SEMRA hill party, and the dog teams were stood down. The 2nd tasking came at 6.30pm on Sunday evening after two hillwalkers were reported overdue to return from the Galtees and could not be contacted. SARDA handlers Mick Grant (with Ziggy) and Gerry Tobin (with search dog Dexter) were on the way to the location when the two walkers were reported safe down off the mountain by other members of SEMRA. Stock photo: SARDA dog team Mick Grant & Ziggy. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday was a busy day for SARDAs handlers with two callouts in the Galtee Mountains. The 1st callout kicked off in the early afternoon after a hillwalker got disoriented in the heavy fog near the summit and required assistance. Two dog teams (Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy and Eadaoin OGorman with search dog Murphy) responded along with their home team, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. Happily, with assistance over the phone from the SEMRA callout officer the walker was able make his way down to meet the SEMRA hill party, and the dog teams were stood down. The 2nd tasking came at 6.30pm on Sunday evening after two hillwalkers were reported overdue to return from the Galtees and could not be contacted. SARDA handlers Mick Grant (with Ziggy) and Gerry Tobin (with search dog Dexter) were on the way to the location when the two walkers were reported safe down off the mountain by other members of SEMRA. Stock photo: SARDA dog team Mick Grant & Ziggy.

 

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Well done to u all. Glad to hear a such a great outcome. Thanks for the fantastic work that ye do.

Always available....well done everyone from SEMRA and SARDA......greatly appreciated.

Nice one guys !

Well done folks!! Great pic!

Nice one lads. Everyone home safe 👍

Beautiful doggie 💕

Ziggy is looking great.

Looking good Michael Grant and Ziggy

Ziggy is looking great.

Well done everyone and the dogs

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