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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Wednesday 30th January 2019, 15:29

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Last week search dog Ziggy and his handler Michael Grant responded to a request from the mountain rescue teams in Wicklow for search dogs. During the subsequent search, the body of the missing person was found by search dog Ziggy. Search dog Lyla and handler Louise Burgoyne were stood down en route. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less

Last week search dog Ziggy and his handler Michael Grant responded to a request from the mountain rescue teams in Wicklow for search dogs. During the subsequent search, the body of the missing person was found by search dog Ziggy. Search dog Lyla and handler Louise Burgoyne were stood down en route. RIP.

 

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Great work under very sad circumstances. Well done Mick and Ziggy.

Fantastic work ... well done ...

Well done, Ziggy and Mick. Thoughts are with the family.

Great work Mick & Ziggy.

Well done Mick and Ziggy. Finding the person’s body will mean so much to the family!

Well done Ziggy, sorry it didn't work out.

Great job Mick & Ziggy. Thank you

Well done Mick & Ziggy

Well done guys. Despite the sad outcome you have provided a a great service.

Well done Mick

Well done Mick and Ziggy . Priceless work

Sad outcome but well done Mick

Thank you,

Well done guys You all do a wonderful job

Well done Mick and Ziggy. Sad outcome but the family and friends have closure

Bringing 'closure' to a Family and friends 👍

Well done Mick and Ziggy.

A sad outcome, but well done to you, Mick & Ziggy.

Well done Mick & Ziggy. Sorry it was under such sad circumstances.

Thank you Mick & Ziggy. The call to help is always positively answered.

Well done Mick and Ziggy, sad circumstances but a hard job done well

Great job in sad circumstances. Well done all.

Well done Ziggy! Great job Mick

Very sad ...but well done Ziggi and Mick

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Monday 28th January 2019, 11:00

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were tasked to this incident in the Galtee Mountains yesterday. The dog team was stood down en route to the incident when the missing walkers were located by another search party from South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. A great result for all concerned!

SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were tasked to this incident in the Galtee Mountains yesterday. The dog team was stood down en route to the incident when the missing walkers were located by another search party from South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. A great result for all concerned!SEMRA were tasked this afternoon at about 4pm by Thurles Garda Station. Five walkers were reported missing in the Galtees. The walkers had got disoriented and snow was beginning to fall. The team spoke to the group by mobile phone and were able to guide them in the direction of our members who had arrived on scene at the Black Road. The group had originally set out from the northern side of the Galtees. The walkers were met by team members on the Black Road and subsequently transported back to their cars by SEMRA vehicle. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday 20th January 2019, 21:09

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

A few photos from a training session in the Reeks in Kerry this weekend. Trainee search dogs Syd (with handler Jarlath Folan) and Rowan (with handler Sheelagh O'Malley) were being observed by SARDA's training officer Gerry Tobin and one of our assessors, Catherine Kelly in preparation for their upcoming assessments while trainee search dog Fia and the new potential SARDA puppy Alfie were looking on. Orlaith Kelly and Alan Ryan were bodying. Good going, everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Another nice photo from today by Sheelagh.

Photos by Catherine Kelly.

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