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SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were called out by the Gardaí in Fermoy just before midnight last night. They were requested to assist in a search for a walker who had got lost in a wooded area near Kilworth. The walker was found by an army search team from nearby Kilworth Camp just before the dog team arrived at scene. Well done Mick and Ziggy for responding. ... See MoreSee Less

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Training in Wicklow today. Thank you to John Connell and Alun Saunders for the wonderful pictures. ... See MoreSee Less

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SARDA handler Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter spent yesterday at Blacksod, Co. Mayo where efforts are still continuing to try and locate the two missing crew members from Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116. The dog team did two long shoreline searches, covering a distance of some 20k. Unfortunately there is still no result. We send our thanks to Michael Hurst and his crew from Ballyglass Coast Guard Unit, and our sympathies to all families affected by this tragedy. ... See MoreSee Less

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CALLOUT. Valentia MRSC tasked SARDA dog team Pauliina Kauppila & Koiru at 1.30am last night to assist in a search at Lough Hyne, near Baltimore, Co. Cork. A 60-year old tourist had not returned to his vehicle, and there was concern that he may have got injured or fallen ill. The dog team was stood down en route at 2.40am when the Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 located the man safe and well. Toe Head/Glandore Coast Guard Unit had also been tasked to the incident earlier and had commenced a search. A happy outcome for all agencies involved. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ten SARDA Ireland members spent the weekend in the Peak District National Park, training together with the Oldham Mountain Rescue Team & Search And Rescue Dog Association England members. All handlers enjoyed the challenge of new terrain and new faces. Ken Sloan and Mick Nield (SARDA England) both helped our dogs to get the best from their handlers! Many thanks are due to all in Oldham MRT for their hospitality and to SARDA England for their help with our dogs. A return trip is being planned! ... See MoreSee Less

Ten SARDA Ireland members spent the weekend in the Peak District National Park, training together with the @[284885987741:274:Oldham Mountain Rescue Team] & @[117130878364566:274:Search And Rescue Dog...

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Many thanks to all who helped today for our street collection in Dublin. These fundraising events are what make it possible for us to train our dogs. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are on Grafton Street today, 10 until 6.
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SARDA Ireland handlers and dogs will be on Grafton Street, Dublin this Saturday from 10 until 6 for a street collection. These collections are a huge part of our fundraising but it is also a great chance to talk to our supporters. Please do come have a chat, if you're in the area. ... See MoreSee Less

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SARDA met for a spot of training at Lough Mohra, Co. Tipperary on Sunday morning. After the training session, we held our AGM which included the election of the new committee. Congratulations to all existing and new members, and good luck in the coming year! SARDA would also like to congratulate our outgoing secretary Simon Kelly who was recently elected as the secretary of our umbrella organisation, National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA). Well done Simon, and thanks for all your very hard work over the last 2 years. ... See MoreSee Less

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SARDA handlers Gerry Tobin (with search dog Dexter) and Michael Grant (with search dog Ziggy) spent most of the day yesterday assisting their home team South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association with a search. Unfortunately the missing person was located deceased. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less

Our annual team training weekend was scheduled to take place yesterday and today in Ballymacarbary. Just as our training was getting under way on Saturday morning we were tasked by the Gardai to assis...

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We are deeply saddened to hear of Irish Coast Guard helicopter pilot Capt. Dara Fitzpatrick's tragic and untimely death today. SARDA Ireland members – human and canine – had the pleasure to train with Dara and her crew on several occasions. She was courteous, kind and professional – and she loved our dogs! Her loss will be felt acutely throughout the search and rescue community in Ireland. Our thoughts are with Dara's family and crewmates. May she rest in peace. ... See MoreSee Less

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Michael Grant and Ziggy were successful this weekend in their novice assessment in Wicklow. The assessment took place over three days, and weather conditions were challenging throughout. Mick now rejoins the Sarda active search dog ranks and looks forward to a long and busy service with Ziggy. Many thanks to our dogsbodies who suffered valiantly throughout the weekend, and to our internal and external assessors, especially to Ken Sloan and Paul Taylor of Search And Rescue Dog Association England who travelled over for the assessment. Much credit for the successful running of the weekend is down to Sheelagh O'Malley and Simon Kelly. *Sarda personnel also assisted in Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team in two rescues during the course of the Sunday afternoon at the Lead Mines near Wicklow Gap. ... See MoreSee Less

@[1443344927:2048:Michael Grant] and Ziggy were successful this weekend in their novice assessment in Wicklow. The assessment took place over three days, and weather conditions were challenging throug...

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Some photos from training in Wicklow over the weekend. Respect to Alun, Tom, John and Colin who turned out in the rain and wind to help us train our trainee search dogs. A couple of pictures thanks to John Connell. ... See MoreSee Less

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SARDA handler Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter responded to a callout in the Ballyhoura Mountains with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association late last night. The missing mountain biker was located by a search party just as the dog team arrived at location and was getting briefed. A good result. ... See MoreSee Less

Interesting callout last night; overdue mountain biker at in the Ballyhoura Forest area. An extensive search of the many cycle trails & forest roads ws underway when the cyclist was located by a loca...

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A second callout in three days for Pauliina Kauppila and Koiru. Valentia MRSC tasked the SARDA unit to assist Castletownbere Coast Guard team in a search for a missing young male in Ardgroom, Beara Peninsula last night. The dog team spent 2.5h searching through farmland and wooded areas. Unfortunately the search concluded tragically when the missing person was located deceased. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less

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SARDA handler Pauliina Kauppila and search dog Koiru assisted Castletownbere Coast Guard last night in a search for a missing 20-year old man. The dog team covered a good stretch of shoreline, fields and wooded areas outside Castletownbere, Co. Cork before being stood down for the night with the rest of the team at 2am. Just as the search was to resume again this morning, the news came in that the young man had been located safe and well. A happy outcome. ... See MoreSee Less

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