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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Monday 17th December 2018, 9:38

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

A training session at the Vee in the Knockmealdown Mountains yesterday. Photo by Marie Lawlor. ... See MoreSee Less

A training session at the Vee in the Knockmealdown Mountains yesterday. Photo by Marie Lawlor.

 

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Nice to see some of ye yesterday, happy Christmas. (It was dry on the Galtees after)

Looking good guys. I miss those days

Monday 3rd December 2018, 13:21

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA held assessments in Wicklow over the weekend, and two of our dog teams successfully made the upgrade to 'full mountain search dog' grade – which, as anyone working with search dogs knows, is a huge achievement. Super well done to Louise Burgoyne & Lyla and to Michael Grant & Ziggy! A lot of hard work has gone into preparing for these tough three-day assessments. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our external assessors who travelled over from across the Irish Sea: Ken Sloan and Ian Thompson from Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (SARDA England) and Harold Burrows, Richard Beech and Antony D Ll Griffiths from SARDA Wales. Also big thanks to our own assessors: Henry Smith, Catherine Kelly, Don Murphy, Helen NicChonmara and Gerry Tobin. And, as always, much gratitude to everyone who helped by hiding on the hills as dogsbodies. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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All photos by Pauliina Kauppila.

Search And Rescue Dog Association England, Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales)

Fantastic achievement! We'll done to ye both

Great achievement! May I ask you how big the area were?

Happy Tails, well done everypawdy πŸ™‚

Fantastic - congrats, folks. Thanks for looking after people in distress.

Well done πŸŽ‰ still miss my dogs body days πŸ₯°

Massive congrats to you both. Well done

Congratulations all, well done and well deserved πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Well done guys. I know how much you train. It’s a long relentless commitment to get where you are and your upgrade is well deserved. Our country is in a better place having you guys willing and able to help bring our loved ones home.

Well done all. Thank you for the wonderful work that you all do. Your commitment is unreal. Thank you. πŸ‘πŸ‘

Well done Guys Super achievement

Well done Louise and Lyla!!

Great news, well done!

Congratulations to the four of you, well done πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Huge congrats to both teams. Well done!

Congrats Mick

Wonderful work πŸ‘πŸΆ

well done you two.

Well done both

Congratulations!!!

Congrats Mick

Con grats Mike

Well done Mick

Well done all πŸŽ‰

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Saturday 24th November 2018, 8:53

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Three SARDA dog teams (Michael Grant with Ziggy, Louise Burgoyne with Lyla and Eadaoin O'Gorman with Murphy) were placed on standby yesterday by the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team for this incident. Happily, the missing hiker was located safe and well before the SARDA teams set off.Callout 231118;

At 1620hrs today the team received a request on behalf of a lost walker. The adult male had become disoriented on Slieve Binnian and found himself in difficult terrain. With basic information and no further communication with the walker, the team started searching. Due to the nature of the incident, including the terrain, further assets were requested and responding. Fortunately, the walker was eventually able to retrace his steps and make his way down safely. A total of 17 team members responded and stood down at 2120hrs. Thanks to the PSNI Search & Rescue Team, PSNI Air Support, SARDA Ireland and Belfast Coastguard for their support.
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Three SARDA dog teams (Michael Grant with Ziggy, Louise Burgoyne with Lyla and Eadaoin OGorman with Murphy) were placed on standby yesterday by the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team for this incident. Happily, the missing hiker was located safe and well before the SARDA teams set off.

 

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Just as well as we definitely didn’t bring enough cake! Thanks again guys.

Well done to everyone involved. You are all truly amazing people.πŸ™‚

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