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Saturday 20th April 2019, 13:49

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
CALLOUT. Two SARDA dog teams were involved in a large-scale multi-agency search for a missing person on the grounds of Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick. The missing lady, who was in her 80s, was reported missing yesterday. One of our dog teams, Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy responded last night with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association and continued searching until 4am. This morning another one of our dog teams, Jarlath Folan with search dog Syd joined the search. A Garda dog unit was also at the scene. The missing lady was located by Irish Search Dogs handler Glen Barton & search dog Ben at 10.30am. She was taken to hospital for assessment but is believed to be fine. A fantastic result all round, and a great example of co-ordination between the different agencies! Photos by Noel Culbert.Image attachment

CALLOUT. Two SARDA dog teams were involved in a large-scale multi-agency search for a missing person on the grounds of Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick. The missing lady, who was in her 80s, was reported missing yesterday. One of our dog teams, Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy responded last night with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association and continued searching until 4am. This morning another one of our dog teams, Jarlath Folan with search dog Syd joined the search. A Garda dog unit was also at the scene. The missing lady was located by Irish Search Dogs handler Glen Barton & search dog Ben at 10.30am. She was taken to hospital for assessment but is believed to be fine. A fantastic result all round, and a great example of co-ordination between the different agencies! Photos by Noel Culbert. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Garda Síochána - Cork, Kerry & Limerick - Southern Region also have a piece about the search on their page.

Great result. Well done and thank you.🙏

Fabulous - congrats on the successful outcome. Great work done by the combined rescue agencies!

SARDA brilliant addition to MRT .

Well done to all involved, with great results to follow.

Well done great news

Superb result all. Thank God she was found💕

Brilliant job all

Fantastic well done

Incredible work. Well done to all involved.

Well done to everyone involved👏👏

Great to see them at work today. Fantastic asset to search and rescue.

Well done to all involved

Good job! I have ancestry from Limerick....some day I hope to come see it firsthand.

Brilliant!!

Sensational🎉🥳👏

Well done team

Great effort all

Well done

Well done

Brilliant..

Awesome job

Well done !

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Thursday 18th April 2019, 12:42

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Some of SARDAs handlers and search dogs took part in the Emergency Services Display in Fermoy last weekend, along with many other agencies. The event was part of the Fermoy Friendship Week 2019. South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association have some more nice photos of the event – have a look on their page.Image attachment

Some of SARDA's handlers and search dogs took part in the Emergency Services Display in Fermoy last weekend, along with many other agencies. The event was part of the Fermoy Friendship Week 2019. South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association have some more nice photos of the event – have a look on their page. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Was a pleasure to meet you all and fur babies on the day 😊

Sunday 7th April 2019, 14:53

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA held assessments in Wicklow over the weekend as two of our aspiring dog teams, Jarlath Folan & Syd and Sheelagh O'Malley & Rowan, were put through their paces over a tough two days and four large mountain search areas. The happy outcome is that both passed, and we now have two newly qualified search dog teams on the callout list! Jarlath has been with SARDA for a long time, and Syd is his second qualified dog. He is also a member of Galway Mountain Rescue Team, while Sheelagh is a member of Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue, one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in Ireland. Having a qualified search dog among their numbers will undoubtedly be a great asset to both teams. Huge congratulations and well done to both handlers! Many thanks to our external assessors Harold Burrows and Roly Layland who travelled over from SARDA Wales, and to our own assessors, Gerry Tobin and Henry Smith. Also, as always, huge thanks to everyone who volunteered as dogsbodies over the weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Photos by Joe Egan, Noel Culbert, Edwin O'Sullivan. Thanks!

Brilliant News Sheelagh !!! Delighted for you and Rowan 👌💪

Congratulations Jarlath and Sheelagh! Well done!

Congrats to both teams!

Congratulations and well done!!!!

Well done Jarlath & syd 🦊

Well done guys. Delighted for you both. All the work paid off. 🐕 🎖

Fantastic work and great achievement! Congratulations 🤗🐾🐶🎯

Brilliant. Well done

Congratulations, a great achievement, well earned.

Great weekend and assessment for two new handlers on the call-out list fro SARDA Ireland. Both dog and handler worked their socks off and proved what good training will achieve ..

Huge asset to get 2 dogs qualified, well done Sheelagh O'Malley and Jarlath on your success.

Wonderful. Well done all 4 of you.

Many congratulations Jarlath and Syd...and Sheelagh and Rowan

Brilliant! Well done all round!! 👍

Well done guys and dogs

Well done guys, great result.

Congratulations to both of you and your dogs on all the hard work that goes with it.

So proud of you guys! 👌🏻🥳

Congratulations to both of the teams.

Well done folks. Delighted for you both . Well done Jarlath

Fairplay to everyone 👌🍺🍺🍺🍺🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

A super achievement. Well done Sheelagh and Jarlath!

💪💪⛰⛰ Congratulations

Congrats

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Monday 1st April 2019, 15:27

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
A nice pic of trainee search dog Rowan (handler Sheelagh OMalley) at training in Wicklow last weekend. Photo was taken by Pat Doyle who at this point had just been found by Rowan!

A nice pic of trainee search dog Rowan (handler Sheelagh O'Malley) at training in Wicklow last weekend. Photo was taken by Pat Doyle who at this point had just been found by Rowan! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Hi Rowan. Think you know my brother Alun, one of the dogsbodies. Glad you found him !

Tuesday 19th March 2019, 13:08

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Good boy Ziggy! And Michael Grant too of course. 😉 See our earlier post for more details about the other callouts over the last two days which SARDA responded to.Third callout in two days. Callout from Gardai at 17.00 for male walker lost in fog near top of Slievenamon. Missing walker located by search dog Ziggy and handler Mick. Missing walker and all SEMRA search parties safely off the mountain by 19.30. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday 19th March 2019, 13:02

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
It has been a very busy couple of days for SARDA. On Sunday (St. Patricks Day) Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were called out with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association in the late afternoon to search for three hill-walkers lost in the Comeragh mountains. As the search teams were making their way to the area, the news came in that the walkers had found a prominent land mark and knew where they were. The search dog team made their way up to meet them and accompanied them down to the car park. This was SEMRAs 2nd callout that day as they had already rescued an injured walker on Slievenamon, Co. Tipperary a couple of hours earlier; Mick also assisted with that incident. In between those two callouts, Mick and Ziggy were also put on standby for a search in Wicklow but stood down shortly afterwards. 
On Monday 18th March Michael Grant (with search dog Ziggy) and Louise Burgoyne (with search dog Lyla) were both tasked in the early afternoon to assist the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue team with a search in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. The dog teams were stood down en route when the missing person was located by MR personnel and airlifted to hospital. On Monday evening, both Mick & Ziggy and Louise & Lyla were again called out with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to search for a walker who was lost in the fog near the top of Slievenamon. The search parties were able to get a fix on his position on the mountain using the Sarloc system, after which he was successfully located by search dog Ziggy and handler Mick. The walker and all search parties were safely off the mountain by 7.30pm. A great result all round!

It has been a very busy couple of days for SARDA. On Sunday (St. Patrick's Day) Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were called out with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association in the late afternoon to search for three hill-walkers lost in the Comeragh mountains. As the search teams were making their way to the area, the news came in that the walkers had found a prominent land mark and knew where they were. The search dog team made their way up to meet them and accompanied them down to the car park. This was SEMRA's 2nd callout that day as they had already rescued an injured walker on Slievenamon, Co. Tipperary a couple of hours earlier; Mick also assisted with that incident. In between those two callouts, Mick and Ziggy were also put on standby for a search in Wicklow but stood down shortly afterwards.
On Monday 18th March Michael Grant (with search dog Ziggy) and Louise Burgoyne (with search dog Lyla) were both tasked in the early afternoon to assist the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue team with a search in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. The dog teams were stood down en route when the missing person was located by MR personnel and airlifted to hospital. On Monday evening, both Mick & Ziggy and Louise & Lyla were again called out with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to search for a walker who was lost in the fog near the top of Slievenamon. The search parties were able to get a fix on his position on the mountain using the Sarloc system, after which he was successfully located by search dog Ziggy and handler Mick. The walker and all search parties were safely off the mountain by 7.30pm. A great result all round!
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Photo of Ziggy by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association.

Congrats, everyone, who took part in all those searches over the weekend. True heroes!

So proud of you both Louise and Lyla!

Love to hear all this good work that's being done ....wonderful

Great asset to have available.well done and keep up the great work.👍

Fantastic work!! Well done 🙏🏼

Well done Louise Burgoyne and Lyla, Michael Grant and Ziggy!

Well done, Mick and Louise!

Well done Mick and ziggy and Louise and lyla!

Well done teams! 🐕🐶🥇

A well deserved bone for Ziggy I think! And for Mick as well if he wants...

Well done guys

Well done all

Well done Mick

Great work SARDA.

Well done!!

a busy few days then

Go Ziggy!

Brilliant

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Saturday 16th March 2019, 22:30

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Sad and poignant news today. Caitríona Lucass (RIP) search dog Zac has passed away at the age of 14. Caitríona and Zac were on SARDAs callout list for 7 years and responded to numerous incidents around the country during their service. We will never forget them. 💔 Thank you for the beautiful photo, Bernard Lucas.

Sad and poignant news today. Caitríona Lucas's (RIP) search dog Zac has passed away at the age of 14. Caitríona and Zac were on SARDA's callout list for 7 years and responded to numerous incidents around the country during their service. We will never forget them. 💔 Thank you for the beautiful photo, Bernard Lucas. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Rest well Zac. Thank you.

RIP Zac, thanks for all the runouts! Great memories of training with Catriona and Zac with my dear old Nemo.

Run free search dog Zac and thank you for your hard work. X

Such a beautiful picture-RIP together ❤️

RIP brave Zac!!! You’ve served your country well!!! 🙏🏻🇨🇮

Such a beautiful photo they are now together again sleep well zac😘💐

Cathriona and Zac were such a brilliant team..it was such a honour to be both a friend and colleague to them during my years in Sarda

Sleep tight Zac and thankyou for all the searching 🥰

Condolences to all family friends and all who knew Zac RIP Search dog Zac

So sorry to hear RIP Zac.

They are together again RIP

Very sad news, our sympathies to the Lucas family and to all in SARDA. May they rest in peace together.

So very sorry x

Run free over rainbow 🌈 bridge Zac Rest easy ❤️

So sorry to read this. 🐾🐾💔

So Sorry for your loss

RIP zac 😢

There together xx Ripx

R.I.P. Zac, chase those memories.

RIP Zac

RIP Zac

Prayers

Anne Walsh 💕

Poor Luv

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Monday 11th March 2019, 14:28

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA held a national training event in Kerry over the weekend. On Saturday, the team trained in the Bridia Valley near Glencar; on Sunday, we set up some areas in the dunes at Rossbeigh strand. Thank you Mick Grant for overseeing the training, and thanks also to everyone who helped as dogsbodies. Meanwhile, a few of our dogs and handlers took part in the Killarney Mountain Festival where SARDA had a stand all day on Sat. On Sun, we also gave a talk on search dogs and one of our handlers, Louise Burgoyne, did a demo in the park with search dog Lyla. Lots of people visited the stand over the weekend – great to meet ye all! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Photos by Mike Palmer, Dorothy Grimes, Tom MacNamee, Éamonn Mac an Bheatha.

Louise Burgoyne

Thanks for being part of Killarney Mountain Festival 🙂

Saturday 9th March 2019, 10:51

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA is at Killarney Mountain Festival this weekend — come and meet our dogs and handlers if you’re around! There will also be a search dog demo on Sunday at midday.

SARDA is at Killarney Mountain Festival this weekend — come and meet our dogs and handlers if you’re around! There will also be a search dog demo on Sunday at midday. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Hope to see ye there, ye are great at what ye do & l love dogs.

Tuesday 5th March 2019, 21:12

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

We received a very generous donation from Kalee Lodge Kennels today: an 8-week old German Shepherd puppy with an excellent pedigree. This new SARDA hopeful was picked from the litter by SARDA handlers Don Murphy, Louise Burgoyne and Jean Ryan. Jean is the proud new owner of this beaut. 😍 Thank you very much for your generosity, Kate Lawlor (and dad Brendan Lawlor)!We had the assessment team for SARDA Ireland with us today assessing our puppies for use as a future SAR Dog and we were thrilled with their reaction to the litter and even more delighted when they chose Kalee Lodge Henvika from the current Bianka x Rio litter to enter their training programme. It makes all the hard work of breeding and raising quality puppies worth while when you see one of your pups start out on an amazing life like this.

He will be called Trakr after the famous GSD who was involved in rescuing people from the towers after 9/11 - we think its a very appropriate name for him ❤️🇮🇪💪

#payingitforward
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Can’t wait to meet the new recruit.

Nice! Well done!

He’s a beauty. Just settling in tonight. Some pics tomorrow

Kevin Murphy

Monday 25th February 2019, 17:50

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
A few of our handlers met for a spot of training in Garretstown Woods, West Cork yesterday. This is trainee search dog Piper (handled by Dorothy Grimes) happy out after locating dogsbody Karolina Zavišek! Photo by Mike Palmer.

A few of our handlers met for a spot of training in Garretstown Woods, West Cork yesterday. This is trainee search dog Piper (handled by Dorothy Grimes) happy out after locating dogsbody Karolina Zavišek! Photo by Mike Palmer. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Springers rock

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.

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

 

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

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

Bringing 'closure' to a Family and friends 👍

Great job Mick & Ziggy. Thank you

Great job in sad circumstances. Well done all.

Well done guys You all do a wonderful job

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

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

Well done Ziggy! Great job Mick

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

Great work Mick & Ziggy.

Sad outcome but well done Mick

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

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

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

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

Very sad ...but well done Ziggi and Mick

Fantastic work ... well done ...

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

Well done Mick and Ziggy . Priceless work

Well done Mick and Ziggy.

Well done Mick & Ziggy

Well done Mick

Thank you,

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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.

Saturday 19th January 2019, 11:16

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

One of our members, Janet Murphy, did a training session with the crew of the Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 a week ago on Friday. Trainee search dog JJ took to it like a natural! Check out his cool 'doggles' as well. 😎 Many thanks to winchman Conal McCarron and the rest of the crew of Rescue 118 official. Footage credit: Ryan Gray. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Video by Ryan Gray. Thanks Ryan!

Well done everyone. Much appreciated

Emma Barron Louise Moore

Fabulous!

Michael G Hurst

Nice one Janet Murphy. Looks like a great day

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Monday 14th January 2019, 12:24

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Huge thanks to everyone who donated money to our collectors in Cork on Saturday! Your generosity will go a long way towards our equipment and training costs this year. The collection day is also always a great opportunity to meet people and chat to them about the vital work our search dog teams do. Thanks also to all our collectors – human and canine – and to Don Murphy, who kindly organised the permits and everything else required for the day. If you would like to donate to SARDA, you can still do so on our website (sardaireland.com/donations-funding). SARDA Ireland is a registered charity, and all our members are unpaid volunteers. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Marie Clavin

Friday 11th January 2019, 10:26

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
We are doing our annual fund-raising collection in Cork tomorrow (Sat 12th). You will find our collectors and SARDA dogs in the city centre and all the main shopping centres (Bishopstown, Douglas Court, Douglas Village, Blackpool and Wilton) all day tomorrow. Come and meet the dogs and chat with the handlers if youre around!

We are doing our annual fund-raising collection in Cork tomorrow (Sat 12th). You will find our collectors and SARDA dogs in the city centre and all the main shopping centres (Bishopstown, Douglas Court, Douglas Village, Blackpool and Wilton) all day tomorrow. Come and meet the dogs and chat with the handlers if you're around! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Is there a way to donate on your site?

Do you ever do such a thing in Galway city or county..?? If you are doing any such event please let me know I’ll help.

Good luck!! 🧡

Wednesday 2nd January 2019, 9:52

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Two of our handlers, Eadaoin OGorman (with search dog Murphy) and Louise Burgoyne (with search dog Lyla) were called out to the Galtee Mountains last night with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. Both dog teams were stood down when the missing hikers were located by a SEMRA search party. A great result for all involved.

Two of our handlers, Eadaoin O'Gorman (with search dog Murphy) and Louise Burgoyne (with search dog Lyla) were called out to the Galtee Mountains last night with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. Both dog teams were stood down when the missing hikers were located by a SEMRA search party. A great result for all involved. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Fantastic outcome for all concerned. Congrats!

Congratulations Ladies what a way to start the new year! Thank you for your wonderful volunteerism 🙏

Well done to all involved! Great outcome 🧡

Happy New year to you all,

Well done

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Monday 17th December 2018, 9:38

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

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

 

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Looking good guys. I miss those days

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

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)

Con grats Mike

Congratulations!!!

Well done Mick

Congrats

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

Congrats Mick

Congrats Mick

Fantastic achievement! We'll done to ye both

Brilliant Louise Burgoyne!!!!🎉🎉👏👏👏

Happy Tails, well done everypawdy 🙂

Well done Guys Super achievement

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

Congratulations

Well done Louise and Lyla!!!

Well done Louise and Lyla!!

Well done Louise 👌🏻

Great news, well done!

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.

Massive congrats to you both. Well done

Congratulations to the four of you, well done 👏👏👏

Well done both

Wonderful work 👏🐶

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

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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 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.

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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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.🙂

Friday 23rd November 2018, 12:12

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
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A follow up from our recent visit to Rescue 117 base in Waterford: SARDA Ireland team members Gerry Tobin, Eadaoin O'Gorman and Noel Culbert with search dogs Fia and Murphy advanced their heli familiarisation training with a flight. Thank you to the crew of R117 for facilitating our dog teams. We hope you enjoy the video.A follow up from our recent visit to Rescue117 base in Waterford; SARDA Ireland team members Gerry Tobin, Éadaoin O'Gorman and Noel Culbert with search dogs ... ... See MoreSee Less

 

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What a brilliant video! Shows how much time, effort and love goes into preparing the dogs for so many scenarios. Well done.

Lovely to watch the digs getting used to the noise and strange sights.

I know that small keyboard!😂

Yes it is superb we just have to train collies to ignore bright coloured suits😂 but they'll get there. It is fantastic for all sorts of reasons!! Thanks so much Rescue 117 and to Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) for sharing. Awesome!💕

👏

Dogs!

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Thursday 22nd November 2018, 9:33

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

If you are free this Saturday (Nov 24th), please consider doing the 'Long Way Round' in and around Clonmel! This event is an annual night hike/run organised as a fundraiser for South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. More details at www.semra.ie/longwayround/.

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association
SEMRA members walked the Long Way Round route last night in preparation for Saturday the 24th. For anyone who has not completed the Long Way Round this short video shows the wonderful views of Clonmel that walkers and runners hope to see at the top of the mountain. If you register before midnight tonight (Sunday 18th) you can collect your number at our base in Clonmel on Thursday 22nd (6-9pm) You can still register at www.semra.ie/longwayround/

but don't leave it too late. As you can see from the video it is a wonderful route and great fun!
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Monday 19th November 2018, 9:38

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
A nice photo of one of our dog teams, Eadaoin OGorman & Murphy, taking a break from training in Wicklow yesterday.

A nice photo of one of our dog teams, Eadaoin O'Gorman & Murphy, taking a break from training in Wicklow yesterday. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Tis a great life those dogs have

Pretty clear whose the boss there.

Putting your feet up!

This reminds me of my van - dog on the bed, me on the floor!!!

Taking a break... 🙄

Right order, dog gets the bed and owner gets the floor🤣😂🤣

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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.Image attachmentImage attachment

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!

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

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

Heroes all - thank you folks!

Murphy the Border Collie training with Murphy the Bearded Collie

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

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

Laura Moran Michelle Whelan

Great!

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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 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.

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

 

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

Hard Work!!! Thank You!!

Fab shot Sheelagh!

they are devoted to each other

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 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.

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

 

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Very sad, well done Dexter, rest now

There are no words for this kind of loss. He was a king amongst canines.

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 😪

Heartbreaking lads another one gone to rainbow 🌈 Bridge 😢

Condolences to you. As handlers we have a massive bond with our beautiful dogs. Journey well Dexter

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

Very sad news sorry for your loss Gerry. A great loss to Sarda and mountain rescue teams.

An amazing dog and well known throughout the services.

Awhh what a stunning boy he was...rip dexter..run free over the rainbow bridge🐕

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

so sorry to hear such sad news Gerry run free Dexter

So very sorry to hear such sad news. Are thoughts are with you all.

Sorry to hear such sad news, thoughts to everyone.

So tough to lose a working dog like that... thinking of you xxx

It must be miserable for the owner and sad for you all good thoughtful folk.

I’m so sorry to hear about Dexter and the awful time it must be for his family. Dex is forever in the hills

Deepest condolences Gerry so sorry for your loss

Gerry so sorry for your loss...Dexter was one of the best dogs I think I ever came across...and he was a credit to you

Sorry to hear that Gerry he will be a big loss to the team

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

That's so sad, run free Dexter

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

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

RIP Dexter, thoughts go out to Gerry, such a great team to have had the pleasure of meeting 🐾

RIP Dexter. That's terrible news. Really sorry for your loss.

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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 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.

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

 

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Well done lads and doggy

Ziggy is looking great.

Ziggy is looking great.

Looking good Michael Grant and Ziggy

Well done folks!! Great pic!

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 lads. Everyone home safe 👍

Nice one guys !

Beautiful doggie 💕

Well done everyone and the dogs

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Monday 27th August 2018, 13:55

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Two of SARDA's dog handlers, Gerry Tobin (with search dog Dexter & trainee search dog Fia) and Louise Burgoyne (with search dog Lyla) took part in a demo that was given to Limerick Climbing Club by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association on Saturday. Photos by Deirdre O'Brien.Very informative session with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association and Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) yesterday. They do amazing work with very little government support. All volunteers Who give up their time to help others.

Thanks to Limerick Climbing Club for arranging the session.
Photos by Deirdre O Brien
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Thursday 23rd August 2018, 11:07

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA handlers were tasked by Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team yesterday evening to search for a missing woman in the Glen of the Downs, Co. Wicklow. Michael Grant (with search dog Ziggy) and Gerry Tobin (with search dog Dexter) were en route to Wicklow when the news came in that the missing lady had been located safe and well. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday 20th August 2018, 19:53

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Search dog Murphy at training on the Galtees yesterday. Murphys handler is Midletown-based Eadaoin OGorman. Photo by Jimmy Barry.

Search dog Murphy at training on the Galtees yesterday. Murphy's handler is Midletown-based Eadaoin O'Gorman. Photo by Jimmy Barry. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Lovely photo! Looking forward to getting back to bodying again in September!

Oh. My. God! So gorgeous! I'm over in Ireland in 3 weeks' time, I think I need to book myself a cwtch with this little fella! Big love from Body Caroline (SARDA Wales)

Monday 13th August 2018, 13:17

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were assisting with two searches in the last week. The pair were first called out on Wed the 8th in their local area to search for a missing person. Thankfully, with the help of social media and local people, the missing person was found safe and well. Search dogs Murphy (with handler Eadaoin O'Gorman) and Lyla (with Louise Burgoyne) were also on standby to assist if required. On Sat 11th, Mick and Ziggy were tasked by Valentia MRSC to assist Doolin Coast Guard unit, Clare Civil Defence and Gardaí in a search for a missing person after the Gardai found their car in a forest car park in the north Co. Clare. At around 10pm, as the dog team was out searching, the missing person was spotted by a member of the Gardaí. Louise and Lyla were also on standby for this search. Thank you Mick & Ziggy for responding to these callouts. We are delighted that both incidents had positive outcomes. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well done Michael, keep up the good work

Well done

Monday 6th August 2018, 11:15

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA dog teams were tasked by Tipperary Civil Defence to assist in a missing person search in Gorthanoe, Co. Tipperary on Friday. Four dog handlers (Gerry Tobin, Louise Burgoyne, Eadaoin O'Gorman and Michael Grant) were en route to the incident but stood down when the missing person was located by the Gardaí. A good result for all involved. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday 29th July 2018, 16:04

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA handler Gerry Tobin, search dog Dexter and trainee search dog Fia took part in the Emergency Services Open Day at Dungarvan Fire Station yesterday. All local emergency services were also represented, including National Ambulance Service, Irish Coast Guard, RNLI, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, An Garda Síochána and Civil Defence. All proceeds raised from the event will go to Down Syndrome Ireland.

SARDA handler Gerry Tobin, search dog Dexter and trainee search dog Fia took part in the Emergency Services Open Day at Dungarvan Fire Station yesterday. All local emergency services were also represented, including National Ambulance Service, Irish Coast Guard, RNLI, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, An Garda Síochána and Civil Defence. All proceeds raised from the event will go to Down Syndrome Ireland. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Fantastic event, all the emergency personnel were brilliant talking to the kids and showing them around the trucks and equipment, and loved meeting Dexter. Well done!

Nice one Gerry. 👍

Monday 2nd July 2018, 16:46

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

CALLOUT – DOG FIND. SARDA handlers Louise Burgoyne (with search dog Lyla) and Eadaoin O'Gorman (with search dog Murphy) were tasked as part of a multi-agency search in Co. Wexford on Friday. Several search areas were covered until the missing person was located by search dog Lyla and handler Louise. Unfortunately, he had passed away. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the casualty's family. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Good work SARDA. May the person R.I.P. God bless their family.

Well done SARDA, tragic outcome. I only hope that at least the family and friends can start the mourning process instead of torturing themselves wondering if you had not located this person.

Condolences to all involved but massive well done to dog and handler

Rip ....but well done to Sarda search team...

Well done to all involved, condolences to the family and friends.

May he Rest In Peace 🙏🏼

So sad, thanks to Lyla and Louise and to you all for your efforts.

Well done on the find, sad outcome but an outcome at least.

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Tuesday 26th June 2018, 13:06

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Two of our search dog handlers, Jarlath Folan and Janet Murphy, took part in a joint training day with Galway Mountain Rescue Team on Sunday with SARDA trainee dogs Syd and JJ. Jarlath is also a long-time member of GMRT. Thanks for the great photos, Edelle Doherty! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday 11th June 2018, 20:59

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

CALLOUT. Three SARDA dog teams were tasked this afternoon to assist Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team with a search for a missing person in the Sallygap area in Wicklow. Gerry Tobin (with search dog Dexter), Michael Grant (with Ziggy) and Eadaoin O'Gorman (with Murphy) were en route to the location when the missing male was located by the Mountain Rescue personnel. Dog teams stood down just before 6pm. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday 10th June 2018, 21:23

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA trainee dogs Rowan and Finnegan cooling off in Glendasan river, Wicklow after training this morning. Photo by Anthony Quinn.

SARDA trainee dogs Rowan and Finnegan cooling off in Glendasan river, Wicklow after training this morning. Photo by Anthony Quinn. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday 31st May 2018, 10:19

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA held a national training weekend in Oughterard, Co. Galway last weekend. Weather was warm both on days, but there was a nice breeze to aid area coverage. The majority of the training was done with three dog teams that have just moved up to searching large areas. Many thanks to local organiser Jarlath Folan and to all our wonderful dogsbodies who attended the weekend.

SARDA held a national training weekend in Oughterard, Co. Galway last weekend. Weather was warm both on days, but there was a nice breeze to aid area coverage. The majority of the training was done with three dog teams that have just moved up to searching large areas. Many thanks to local organiser Jarlath Folan and to all our wonderful "dogsbodies" who attended the weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Photo: trainee search dog JJ. Photo credit Desi O'Hagan.

Would like to come down some weekend on your next training session in Autumn...could offer to do dogs bodies...have done in the past...wild camping suits me.

Tuesday 15th May 2018, 9:59

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Last weekend was busy for SARDA. Two of our handlers, Eadaoin O'Gorman and Louise Burgoyne were involved in a search in Killarney on Saturday, resulting in a successful find by Louise and search dog Lyla. On Sunday, Éadaoin and Louise also joined two other SARDA search dog handlers, Michael Grant and Gerry Tobin, to try and help locate a missing 70-year old man in Waterford. Extensive searches took place over the weekend involving several agencies, including Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, Waterford City River Rescue CRBI, Civil Defence and Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 as well as other CG personnel. The four SARDA dog teams were tasked to carry out searches along the bank of the river Suir. Sadly, the search was stood down with the recovery of the missing man's body on Sunday night. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well done to all these service for give there free time when we need them.

Sunday 13th May 2018, 20:07

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA handlers Louise Burgoyne and Eadaoin O'Gorman were tasked to assist Kerry Mountain Rescue Team in a large-scale search for a missing 42-year old man in Killarney yesterday morning. The Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115, Killarney Water Rescue - Search & Recovery Unit and the Civil Defence also took part in the search. The missing man's body was found in the late afternoon by SARDA dog team (Louise Burgoyne and search dog Lyla) and a member of KMRT accompanying them. We wish to convey our deepest sympathy to the casualty's family. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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It must have been a tough find but well done Lyla and Louise

Very well done Lyla & Lou! Finding closure for the families is so important.

Very sad outcome, well done Louise & Lyla

A very tragic incident, but well done to dog team Louise Burgoyne and Lyla for the find.

Thank you so much to SARDA and everyone else who helped. I knew the man in question. Glad to know he was found by such a committed team.

Well done on the find and helping to bring closure to the family.

Well done to all involved over a busy weekend, especially to Louise and Lyla.

Wonderful work Lyla & Louise. And all the other services involved in the search. These jobs are never easy, however take comfort in helping to bring closure for the family.

Well done to all you selfless people and wonderful dogs for finding the person for their family.

Good work, Louise and Lyla

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Monday 7th May 2018, 19:03

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA search dog handlers Eadaoin OGorman, Louise Burgoyne and Michael Grant assisted Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team with a search for a missing mountain biker in Wicklow on Saturday. Unfortunately, the missing person was located deceased. RIP.

SARDA search dog handlers Eadaoin O'Gorman, Louise Burgoyne and Michael Grant assisted Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team with a search for a missing mountain biker in Wicklow on Saturday. Unfortunately, the missing person was located deceased. RIP.Callout 46 - 5th May 2018 - Rathdangan, Wicklow

At 07:30 on Saturday, May 5th, Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána (AGS) to assist them in the search for a mountain biker who was missing.

The man was reported missing at 02:00 after he failed to return from a cycle on forest tracks near Rathdangan on Friday evening. AGS located the man’s car on Saturday morning, parked at a forestry entrance. Dublin & Wicklow, Glen of Imaal, and South Eastern mountain rescue teams, Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA), Garda Air Support Unit, and the Civil Defence were all tasked to assist in the search. Sadly, the man’s body was discovered in the late morning. The search was stood down at 12:52.

Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.
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Good stuff folks, well done

Monday 30th April 2018, 18:17

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA held a national training weekend at The Vee in the Knockmealdown Mountains over Fri/Sat/Sun. Many thanks to training officer Gerry Tobin who made sure that all three search areas were running smoothly, Gerry and Louise both for organising the logistics for the weekend, and Eadaoin, Helen, Lou and Pauliina for watching over the areas and providing feedback to the handlers. We also had quite a few new dogsbodies this weekend, so its great to see that there is plenty of interest out there in the work that we do. Thanks for all your help, and hope to see some of ye at our next national training event in Connemara at the end of May!

SARDA held a national training weekend at The Vee in the Knockmealdown Mountains over Fri/Sat/Sun. Many thanks to training officer Gerry Tobin who made sure that all three search areas were running smoothly, Gerry and Louise Burgoyne both for organising the logistics for the weekend, and Eadaoin O'Gorman, Helen NicChonmara, Lou and Pauliina Kauppila for watching over the areas and providing feedback to the handlers. We also had quite a few new 'dogsbodies' this weekend, so it's great to see that there is plenty of interest out there in the work that we do. Thanks for all your help, and hope to see some of ye at our next national training event in Connemara at the end of May! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I'd love to come and watch - or even serve as dogsbody sometime!

Monday 23rd April 2018, 9:18

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA was involved in a national multi-team exercise hosted by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association over the weekend. The event took place in and around Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford and was attended by most of the Irish mountain rescue teams. On Saturday, SARDA handlers Gerry Tobin and Eadaoin OGorman gave talks and demos about how our dogs are trained and how they work. On Sunday, Eadaoin and Michael Grant also participated in a simulated major incident in the Nire Valley area. Well done all!

SARDA was involved in a national multi-team exercise hosted by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association over the weekend. The event took place in and around Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford and was attended by most of the Irish mountain rescue teams. On Saturday, SARDA handlers Gerry Tobin and Eadaoin O'Gorman gave talks and demos about how our dogs are trained and how they work. On Sunday, Eadaoin O'Gorman and Michael Grant also participated in a simulated major incident in the Nire Valley area. Well done all! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Dex, Fia and Murphy taking a break.

Friday 13th April 2018, 17:19

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
One man and his dog. A nice image of SARDA handler Simon Kelly and trainee search dog Flash training near Waterville, Co. Kerry earlier this week. Photo by Alena Kelly.

One man and his dog. A nice image of SARDA handler Simon Kelly and trainee search dog Flash training near Waterville, Co. Kerry earlier this week. Photo by Alena Kelly. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Nice photo Guys. 👍

two rogues teaching each other obedience !!!!!!!

Thursday 5th April 2018, 17:22

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA handler Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter were tasked by the Gardaí this afternoon to assist with a search for a young boy in Co. Cork. The nine-year old had been out with his cousin in Watergrasshill but failed to return home. Happily, the youngster was found safe and well while the dog team was en route to the location. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well done Guys

Well done berry and Dex

Great that he was found. Hope Dex still got out for a run 😁

Great result. And well done Gerry for responding.

No better hound for the job!

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Monday 26th March 2018, 10:45

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

It was a busy weekend for our dog teams. On Saturday, Gerry Tobin (with Dex), Eadaoin O'Gorman (with Murphy) and Michael Grant (with Ziggy) were out searching areas of woodland near Carrick-on-Suir Co. Tipperary to support Tipperary Civil Defence with an ongoing search for a teenage girl missing since St. Patrick's Day. On Sunday, Mick and Ziggy also travelled to Mayo to assist Mayo Mountain Rescue team with a search on Nephin Mountain. – Late on Sunday night, the news came in that the week-long search operation in Tipperary had been stood down after a body was recovered from the river Suir. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the casualty's family and friends. May she rest in peace. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Tough job well done .

Thanks for everything, professionals to the core

Well done crew 👍🏻

Well done Crew, and thanks a million for your help.

Well done

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Saturday 24th March 2018, 10:41

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Last nights Nationwide programme (RTÉ One) featured Killarney-based photographer Valerie OSullivan and her magnificent book The MacGillycuddys Reeks: People and Places of Irelands Highest Mountain Range. Among the highlighted images is this iconic photo of SARDA search dog Lily (sadly no longer with us), her handler Catherine Kelly and another SARDA handler, Gerry Tobin. The programme shows plenty of stunning Kerry scenery and is well worth watching! Link to RTÉ Player: https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/nationwide-21/10854945/

Last night's Nationwide programme (RTÉ One) featured Killarney-based photographer Valerie O'Sullivan and her magnificent book 'The MacGillycuddy's Reeks: People and Places of Ireland's Highest Mountain Range'. Among the highlighted images is this iconic photo of SARDA search dog Lily (sadly no longer with us), her handler Catherine Kelly and another SARDA handler, Gerry Tobin. The programme shows plenty of stunning Kerry scenery and is well worth watching! Link to RTÉ Player: www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/nationwide-21/10854945/ ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great piece on the Reeks and lovely ppl of the area. V special place. Looking forward to getting the book 😊 amazing photography Valerie.

Thanks! Missed it, must have a look.

It's such a lovely pic of Lily, Catherine. Well done on the programme, Valerie O'Sullivan and Piaras Kelly – you were both great!

Thank you Pauliina Kauppilaila And Lily lives on💔💔💔💔

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 9:08

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA dog teams assisted Tipperary Civil Defence and the Gardaí with a ongoing search in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary over the weekend. Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy did a small search late on Sunday evening, and yesterday Eadaoin O'Gorman with search dog Murphy and Gerry Tobin with search dog Dex joined Mick & Ziggy to search three woodland areas. Unfortunately there has been no result so far. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well done guys

Well done x

Thanks for all the assistance folks and a super quick response as always. Great organisation

Thursday 15th March 2018, 17:20

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

A few more photos from our training weekend in Kerry. We had a good many handlers and dogs attending and were very grateful for the permission granted by Pat Foley, Kathryn Freeman and Declan O'Donnell from Killarney National Parks to train on an area near old Kenmare Road / Mangerton Mountain (thank you Eadaoin for sorting that out!). There was a full day's training on Saturday and shorter sessions on Friday and Sunday. While most of the handlers were at the training on Sat, SARDA also hosted a stand at the Killarney Mountain Festival and held a search dog demo which was well attended by the interested public. All in all a very successful weekend! Thanks to local organiser Catherine Kelly, training officer Gerry Tobin and everyone who helped as dogsbodies over the three days. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Photos by Valerie O'Sullivan, Janet Murphy, Pauliina Kauppila and Desi O'Hagan.

Philip McRory

Mary Mc Evoy

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 8:02

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA Ireland members are remembering the crew of Rescue 116 today. Dara, Mark, Paul and Ciarán – Rest in Peace.

SARDA Ireland members are remembering the crew of Rescue 116 today. Dara, Mark, Paul and Ciarán – Rest in Peace. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday 12th March 2018, 12:51

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
A nice group photo of some of our handlers and dogs, taken by the brilliant Valerie OSullivan  after one of the training sessions in Kerry this weekend. SARDA also hosted a stand & did a demo as part in the Killarney Mountain Festival. More photos to follow!

A nice group photo of some of our handlers and dogs, taken by the brilliant Valerie O'Sullivan after one of the training sessions in Kerry this weekend. SARDA also hosted a stand & did a demo as part in the Killarney Mountain Festival. More photos to follow!Members of SARDA - Search and Rescue Dog Association, who gave a demonstration of their training at a workshop at Killarney Mountain Festival at the weekend, from left, Mike Palmer, Simon Kelly, Jean Ryan, Gerry Tobin, Henry Smith, Chairman, Pauliina Kauppila, Louise Burgoyne, Dorothy Grimes, Janet Murphy. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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It was a great weekend. Such a buzz around Killarney. Thanks for the fab photo Valerie.

Keep up the good work!

Monday 26th February 2018, 10:34

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Three of our search dog teams (Louise Burgoyne with Lyla, Eadaoin O'Gorman with Murphy and Michael Grant with Ziggy) + navigator Dorothy Grimes were out on Saturday and Sunday assisting Mallow Search and Rescue and CORK NORTH CIVIL DEFENCE in a ongoing search for a missing male in north Co. Cork. The dog teams searched several areas along the River Blackwater near Banteer. Unfortunately there has been no result so far. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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The missing person's body was recovered this morning by Mallow Search and Rescue. RIP.

Friday 16th February 2018, 9:25

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Two of our dog handlers – Louise Burgoyne with Lyla & Eadaoin O'Gorman with Murphy – were out and about with the Tipp Town Scouts last night for a spot of training. Thanks to Noel Culbert for organising this get-together!This evening our scouts went on a night hike in Aherlow. It was no ordinary hike because we were delighted to be joined by two search dog teams from SARDA Ireland (Search And Rescue Dogs Ascociation).

Louise with her dog Lila and Eadaoin with dog Murphy kindly came from Cork to join in our hike. It was an opportunity for the dog teams to train in searching for groups in a forest environment while explaining and demonstrating to us how the air scenting search dog team works.

Our scouts hid in the woods a number of times along their three-hour hike and the search as carried out from two different directions. On each occasion the dogs searched to the left and right of the path under direction of their handler’s body language and voice commands and when they sniffed out the hidden group they “Indicated the find” by barking and running a path between the scouts and the handler until the handler was with the scouts. Their eagerness to find was rewarded by the the throw of a ball or the squeeze of a squeaky toy..

Eadaoin and Louise gave plenty time for questions and mixed with scouts as we walked back to the car park.

If you want to find out more about SARDA then see
sardaireland.com/

or follow them on facebook sardaireland.com/

or watch this video which explains how they work.
youtu.be/y3p-Azkjx4g .

Thank you Eadaoin and Louise for your time with us and we wish you the best of luck in all future training and searches.
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Well done Eadaoin and Murphy and Louise and Lyla.

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 13:10

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

A few photos from our national training weekend in Wicklow. Conditions were challenging with snow flurries on both days, but all dogs were performing well. Congrats to Janet Murphy & JJ and Gerry Tobin & Fia who passed the stock test and got their official green 'trainee' tags. Catherine, Michael, Eadaoin, Louise and Helen all helped with the monitoring of progress of the dog teams and provided welcome advice to all. Many thanks to local organiser Sheelagh O'Malley and to our training officer Gerry Tobin. And, as always, huge thanks to all our dogsbodies who once again hid in the hills for our dogs and handlers! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Photos by Alun Saunders and Eadaoin O'Gorman.

Monday 15th January 2018, 13:02

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

It was a busy weekend for one of our handlers, Eadaoin O'Gorman. After assisting with SARDA's street collection in Cork all day on Saturday and attending training with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association on Sunday, Eadaoin and search dog Murphy were then called out at 5pm on Sunday when SEMRA were alerted to a hill-walking group in difficulty on Galtymore Mountain. The dog team covered several areas in extremely difficult weather conditions before the missing hikers were located by one of the search parties; the group was then escorted safely down off the mountain. Éadaoin and Murphy form one of the two new SARDA teams who passed their assessments in November, and this was their first callout as a qualified search dog team. Well done to the pair of them! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well done Eadaoin O'Gorman x

Well done Eadaoin and Murphy

Well Done, Eadaoin.

Great work Eadaoin O'Gorman

Well done Éadaoin 🙂 and Murphy 🙂

Wow well done Eadaoin and Murphy!

Very well done Eadaoin & Murphy👍

That’s great Eadaoin well done see you soon.

Well done guys, congrats on your first call out

Well done Eadaoin. You must be exhausted. 😌

Well done Eadaoin and the murphy

Well done Eadaoin and Murphy

Well done x

Wow Eadaoin!! You're some woman!! 😲😲

Great stuff Eadaoin & Murphy. 🙂

Well done girls!!

Well done, both of you, and congrats on your first callout!😀

Nice one Eadaoin and Murphy. Lots of tired Legs and paws on Monday morning I’d say.

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Sunday 14th January 2018, 18:50

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Some of our intrepid collectors in Cork yesterday. Huge thanks to everyone who donated to us so generously – and thanks also for all the nice chats and the interest in the work that we do! The funds collected will go a long way towards our training and equipments costs this year. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Special thanks to our resident Corkman, Don Murphy, who once again organised the permits and all the other logistics required for the collection.

Friday 12th January 2018, 9:57

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
We are doing our annual fund-raising collection in Cork tomorrow (Sat 13th). You will find our collectors and SARDA dogs in the city centre and all the main shopping centres (Bishopstown, Douglas Court, Douglas Village, Blackpool and Wilton) all day tomorrow. Come and meet the dogs and chat with the handlers if youre around!

We are doing our annual fund-raising collection in Cork tomorrow (Sat 13th). You will find our collectors and SARDA dogs in the city centre and all the main shopping centres (Bishopstown, Douglas Court, Douglas Village, Blackpool and Wilton) all day tomorrow. Come and meet the dogs and chat with the handlers if you're around! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Met the lovely Saoirse today, well done all you brilliant doggies 🐾❤️

Linda O'Callaghan

Sunday 7th January 2018, 19:06

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Another up-and-coming SARDA dog, Rowan, passed his obedience and stock test in Kilkenny this week. Rowan and his handler Sheelagh OMalley are now officially on their way to great things. Well done!

Another up-and-coming SARDA dog, Rowan, passed his obedience and stock test in Kilkenny this week. Rowan and his handler Sheelagh O'Malley are now officially on their way to great things. Well done! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great news Sheelagh well done you and Rowan

Wonderful! Well done Rowan and Sheelagh!

Well done Sheelagh.

Wow well done Sheelagh

Fab congratulations Rowan and Sheelagh O'Malley xx

Yay ! Go Sheelagh and Rowan 👍

Great news Sheelagh. Looking forward to seeing you both in action

Mighty stuff Sheelagh & Rowan.

Great news. Well done 👍👍👍

Well done Sheelagh!

Congratulations to you and Rowan 👍

Well done Sheelagh & Rowan. Well deserved!

Brilliant news well done all

Well done Sheelagh and Rowan!

Good boy, Rowan!

Well done Sheelagh O'Malley and Rowan 🐶

Well done Sheelagh and Rowan.

Well done

ComgrTulations to the both of you

Well done!

Well done Sheelagh O'Malley.

What a team!! Well done Rowan and Sheelagh O'Malley

Super!

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Monday 1st January 2018, 14:18

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SARDA handlers Michael Grant (with search dog Ziggy) and Louise Burgoyne (with search dog Lyla) were called out by Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team to a search for a missing male on Coney Island in Sligo Bay. The dog teams assisted the mountain rescue team and members of the local community for several hours yesterday morning. Unfortunately there has been no result so far, and the search is still ongoing. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Let us know you need assistance....

Well done Louise

Well done Louise Burgoyne and Lyla

Monday 18th December 2017, 15:16

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
A few of the humans & hounds that attended the training weekend on Knockmealdown Mountains (other dog teams were also present but were otherwise engaged when this photo was taken!). Many thanks to our training officer Gerry Tobin who organised the accommodation and food for the weekend and to everyone who helped to set up search areas and provided feedback to the handlers (Gerry, Michael Grant, Helen NicChonmara, Louise Burgoyne, Eadaoin OGorman and Pauliina Kauppila). Most of all, as always, massive thanks to all our dogsbodies who endured chilly and damp conditions over the two days to help us train our dogs. We couldnt do it without ye!

A few of the humans & hounds that attended the training weekend on Knockmealdown Mountains (other dog teams were also present but were otherwise engaged when this photo was taken!). Many thanks to our training officer Gerry Tobin who organised the accommodation and food for the weekend and to everyone who helped to set up search areas and provided feedback to the handlers (Gerry, Michael Grant, Helen NicChonmara, Louise Burgoyne, Eadaoin O'Gorman and Pauliina Kauppila). Most of all, as always, massive thanks to all our dogsbodies who endured chilly and damp conditions over the two days to help us train our dogs. We couldn't do it without ye! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Sorry I had to mis this session. Hope to see you all soon again.

Fantastic weekend Very professionally organised and ran. Such a pleasure to meet the trainers, handlers and dogs. I was made welcome as soon as I met this team.

Great weekend.

Wof wof wof, to all.

Monday 20th November 2017, 15:17

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA Ireland held an assessment weekend in Wicklow over the last three days with a very positive outcome: we now have two new dog teams on the callout list! Well done to Louise Burgoyne (with Lyla) and Eadaoin O'Gorman (with Murphy) who successfully got through their novice grade assessments in somewhat challenging conditions. While the weather stayed mostly dry, there was very little wind over the main assessment days (Fri & Sat) which always makes working air-scenting dogs that bit more difficult. Nevertheless, both ladies put on a stellar performance. Gerry Tobin and Dexter also passed their re-grading successfully – but then we would expect nothing less from our hard-working training officer. Big thanks to our external assessors Ken Sloan and Paul Taylor from Search And Rescue Dog Association England who travelled over specially. Thanks also to our own assessors Michael Grant, Henry Smith, Catherine Kelly and Helen NicChonmara, and to local organiser Sheelagh O'Malley who sorted out accommodation and meals for the weekend. Also, as always, much gratitude to our loyal dogbodies who hid in the hills in their bivvy bags, waiting to be found by a succession of excited dogs (and their even more excited handlers). 😉 Well done Éadaoin, Louise and Gerry! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Photos by Pauliina Kauppila, Dorothy Grimes, Noel Culbert.

Fabulous! Well done Eadaoin & Murphy and Louise & Lyla🎉🎉

Brilliant news. Well done everyone!

Brilliant

Well done from North West Mountain Rescue Team....

Well done

Well done Eadaoin & Louise delighted for you and Murphy & Lyla

Fantastic result Eadaoin and Louise👍👍 And a special well done to Lyla and Murphy. 🐾⭐️

Brilliant! Congrats

Congratulations!!‘

Congratulations all well done everyone specially the bodies

Couldn`t be done without the volunteers who body for us . Big thanks,

Fantastic work - well done to all involved

Well done everyone, all that hard work and training has paid off 😊

Job well done by all three teams. Great dedication and commitment 👍

Well done everyone, good news all round.

Congratulations to the handlers and their dogs.

Well done Eadaoin and Louise. It's great to see all the work pays off

Delighted you guys did so well. Be proud of what you have done. 👍

Well done guys

💐💐

Well done

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Wednesday 15th November 2017, 18:54

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA handler Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter paid a visit to Croom College of Further Education yesterday to give a talk to their animal care students. The college very kindly gave the proceeds of a pub quiz to SARDA (presented to Gerry by lecturer Susan Reddan). Thank you! The donation will be used towards our training and equipment costs.

SARDA handler Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter paid a visit to Croom College of Further Education yesterday to give a talk to their animal care students. The college very kindly gave the proceeds of a pub quiz to SARDA (presented to Gerry by lecturer Susan Reddan). Thank you! The donation will be used towards our training and equipment costs. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Go Gerry Tobin & Dexter

WEll done to all involved

Thursday 9th November 2017, 15:29

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
A nice photo of the dog handlers group at the ICAR 2017 (International Commission for Alpine Rescue) in Andorra a couple of weeks ago. The conference was attended by teams from all over the world, including SARDA Ireland.

A nice photo of the dog handlers' group at the ICAR 2017 (International Commission for Alpine Rescue) in Andorra a couple of weeks ago. The conference was attended by teams from all over the world, including SARDA Ireland. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Claire Ní Chuinneagáin

Monday 30th October 2017, 22:58

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
DOG FIND! SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were assisting South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association earlier tonight in a search for a lost hill-walker in the Galtees. The dog team successfully located the missing person high on the Galtymore mountain. The hiker was well equipped and in good form, and he was escorted down off the hill by SEMRA members. A great result for Mick & Ziggy. Well done!

DOG FIND! SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were assisting South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association earlier tonight in a search for a lost hill-walker in the Galtees. The dog team successfully located the missing person high on the Galtymore mountain. The hiker was well equipped and in good form, and he was escorted down off the hill by SEMRA members. A great result for Mick & Ziggy. Well done!Just home from a call out to the Galtee Mountains for a lost walker. SEMRA were tasked by Tipperary Gardai at 4pm to search for a walker who had got lost on the Galtee Mountains. SARDA dog team Michael Grant and his dog Ziggy located the missing walker high on the mountain. The walker was well equipped and in good form. He was was accompanied off the mountain by members of the team. Everyone was safely off the mountain by 7.30pm. This is one of a number of incidents in the Galtee Mountains this year. SEMRA is now 40 years in operation and has completed over 400 call outs since 1977. The call out today is the 25th to date this year. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well done all involved

Well done guys

Well done Michael and Ziggy. Heroes, lifesavers, legends!

Fantastic job

Well done Mick

Well done Mick and Ziggy!!

Nicely done Mick

Well done, great work.

Good work Mick

Congrats Mick & Ziggy. Strong work!

Great work, Mick and Ziggy!

Super job, Mick. Well done!

Well done Mick and Ziggy

Well done guys!

Well done Michael and Ziggy 😊

Super👍

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Friday 27th October 2017, 15:25

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A few photos from last weekend's Voluntary Emergency Services conference at Finner Camp in Donegal where Michael Grant and Ziggy represented SARDA and gave a talk & a search demo. The 'Donegal Daily' newspaper also has an article on the conference: www.donegaldaily.com/2017/10/24/finner-camp-hosts-super-expo-conference-for-emergency-services/ ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Cool picture Michael Grant

Tuesday 24th October 2017, 8:51

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA dog team Michael Grant and Ziggy had a busy weekend again. On Friday, they assisted the Gardaí with an ongoing search for a missing female on the outskirts of Sligo town. On Saturday, the pair attended the Voluntary Emergency Services conference at Finner Army Camp in Donegal where they gave a talk and display on SARDA search dogs. And on Sunday, Mick was back in Wicklow to give Henry Smith and Gerry Tobin a hand with pre-assessments for two of our prospective dog handlers. Well done all. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well done guys 👍

Busy is right. Well done Mick and Ziggy.

You have the poor dog burnt out mick well done

Busy bees🐝🐝🐝

Tuesday 17th October 2017, 13:44

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Two of our handlers, Gerry Tobin and Michael Grant were over in England last weekend to assist Kent Search & Rescue Dogs - Nsarda Kent as external assessors. All three search dog teams passed their assessments over three days. Well done!

Two of our handlers, Gerry Tobin and Michael Grant were over in England last weekend to assist Kent Search & Rescue Dogs - Nsarda Kent as external assessors. All three search dog teams passed their assessments over three days. Well done!Well we are extremely pleased to introduce three new Search Dogs (and their Handlers) - Cara, Bonnie and Sprocket - well done on passing your assessments ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thanks for your help guys it was really appreciated 👍

Well done to all 3 newly qualified dogs and their handlers! BTW if I ever get a dog I'm going to call it Sprocket 😄

Thanks for coming over and for looking after my single malt for me 🙂

I have no idea what you are talking about!!!!! But I may have had more than a single one.

Tuesday 10th October 2017, 17:38

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy had a busy weekend. On Saturday, after the funeral of Kevin Hallahan of DWMRT, the dog team travelled to Belmullet, Co. Mayo where they assisted Ballyglass Coast Guard Unit on an ongoing search of the coastline of the Erris Peninsula on the following day. On the journey home on Sunday night Mick and Ziggy were diverted to a search in the Arra Mountains near Birdhill, Co. Tipperary where a man had become disoriented in the darkness while helping a farmer search for missing cattle. He was located by members of Killaloe Coast Guard Unit and Tipperary Civil Defence before the search dog team arrived at the scene. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well done to you both. Hope you r getting a well deserved rest.

Well done mick and ziggy.great work

Well done Mick and Ziggy.

Well done Mick and Ziggy!

Well done Michael Grant and Ziggy too of course!!

Well done Mick & Ziggy.

You must be tired after your busy weekend Mick! Well done.

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Sunday 1st October 2017, 16:55

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Shocking news. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Kevin Hallahans family, friends and teammates.

Shocking news. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Kevin Hallahan's family, friends and teammates.The members of Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) are deeply shocked following the tragic loss of our dear friend and teammate, Kevin Hallahan, in a fatal accident. The accident happened yesterday morning, September 30th, during a team training event on the Crib Goch route in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Kevin joined DWMRT in 2011 and quickly established himself as a valued and highly motivated team member. He was a skilled and experienced mountaineer who selflessly applied his knowledge to help those in need. Kevin could be relied upon to complete any task efficiently and safely, always looking out for his teammates. He was a man who cared for those around him, supporting and mentoring, with a kind word and his friendly smile.

We offer our deepest sympathies at this tragic time to Kevin's family, his parents Marie and Anthony, his sister Pamela, and brother Tony, and to his many friends. Our thoughts, in particular, are with Kevin's wife and daughters, to whom he was devoted. DWMRT will do all we can to support Kevin's family in the difficult weeks and months ahead. He was a wonderful person who will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know him.

DWMRT would like to thank Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Caernarfon Coast Guard helicopter, and North Wales Police for their assistance.
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My deepest sympathy on the tragic loss of Kevin. 🌹

🙏💜

May he Rest in Peace

Rip Kevin

May he R.I.P.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé. RIP

Prayers for his family. 🙏🏻

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Tuesday 26th September 2017, 18:48

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
A few of our dogs and handlers were busy at events last weekend. Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter attended the Autumn Fayre event organised by Ash Animal Rescue in Duckett’s Grove, Co. Carlow. They manned the SARDA stand, gave a number of demos to people and spoke about SARDAs role within the emergency services. Meanwhile, three of our trainee handler teams (Eadaoin OGorman & Murphy, Louise Burgoyne & Lyla, Dorothy Grimes & Piper [pictured below}) were in attendance at the Aghada & District Community Autumn show in Co. Cork. They had the enjoyable task of assisting the organisers with the dog show and the dog agility competition. Thanks everyone!

A few of our dogs and handlers were busy at events last weekend. Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter attended the 'Autumn Fayre' event organised by Ash Animal Rescue in Duckett’s Grove, Co. Carlow. They manned the SARDA stand, gave a number of demos to people and spoke about SARDA's role within the emergency services. Meanwhile, three of our trainee handler teams (Eadaoin O'Gorman & Murphy, Louise Burgoyne & Lyla, Dorothy Grimes & Piper [pictured below}) were in attendance at the Aghada & District Community Autumn show in Co. Cork. They had the enjoyable task of assisting the organisers with the dog show and the dog agility competition. Thanks everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday 20th September 2017, 15:11

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA handlers Gerry Tobin (with search dog Dexter) and Michael Grant (with search dog Ziggy) were called out last night to assist South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association with a multi-agency search for a missing hill-walker in the Galtees. The search went on until 1.30 AM in challenging conditions and resumed again at 7 AM this morning. The walker was located safe and well by one of the search parties about three hours later. A great result. Thank you Gerry and Mick for responding!

SARDA handlers Gerry Tobin (with search dog Dexter) and Michael Grant (with search dog Ziggy) were called out last night to assist South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association with a multi-agency search for a missing hill-walker in the Galtees. The search went on until 1.30 AM in challenging conditions and resumed again at 7 AM this morning. The walker was located safe and well by one of the search parties about three hours later. A great result. Thank you Gerry and Mick for responding!South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association are happy to report that after an extended search in the Galtee Mountains a missing male walker has been found safe and well this morning. SEMRA were initially tasked on Tuesday evening to search for a male walker who had been reported missing. The initial night search was carried out in heavy mist and very poor visibility.
Further search planning took place in the early hours of this morning after the search parties had returned to the road head at the Black Road. Due to the large search area a number of other teams were called to assist.
The search resumed at first light this morning. The multi agency operation included Kerry Mountain Rescue Team, Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, SARDA, Tipperary Civil Defence, Cahir Gardai, Valentia Coast Guard. Rescue 117 was on standby but the cloud and rain prevented it’s deployment on the mountain.
The missing walker who had spend the night on the mountain was found by a search party shortly after 10am today high up on the mountain. He was able to walk of the mountain to the Black Road and was transferred by waiting Land Rover to the rescue base. Thanks to all the organisations and locals who helped bring this search to a positive conclusion.
SEMRA provide a voluntary mountain rescue service to the South East on a 24hour by 365 days per year basis. The team which was founded in 1977 has been in existence for 40 years this year. The team recently completed it’s 400th callout over the 40 year period.
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Fantastic to see a good outcome. Well done to all involved.

Well done Michael and Gerry

Well done.Michael and Gerry

Well done Mick and Gerry.

Well done Michael and Gerry

Great result. Well done folks.

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Monday 18th September 2017, 14:30

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A couple of photos from Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run which took place at Waterford airport on Saturday. SARDA handlers Michael Grant and Eadaoin OGorman took part in the event with search dog Ziggy & trainee search dog Murphy.Image attachment

A couple of photos from Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run which took place at Waterford airport on Saturday. SARDA handlers Michael Grant and Eadaoin O'Gorman took part in the event with search dog Ziggy & trainee search dog Murphy. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday 12th September 2017, 10:47

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Today we are remembering our friend and former SARDA colleague Caitríona Lucas who lost her life during a Coast Guard search mission a year ago. May she never be forgotten.

Today we are remembering our friend and former SARDA colleague Caitríona Lucas who lost her life during a Coast Guard search mission a year ago. May she never be forgotten. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Rip you will never be forgotten for the way you dedicated your live for such a special cause. An eternal HERO. R.I.P.

What a brave woman. xxx

So Sorry. RIP. 👏❤️️👍👏❤️️

Wow teamwork is strong

RIP.Catriona

RIP Catriona

Bernard Lucas thinking of you at this time...we all lost such a good friend this time last year but you lost your soul mate...she was one of the best...Cathriona Lucas rip

🌹🌹

RIP

RIP

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Monday 11th September 2017, 22:24

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA held a training weekend on the Iveragh Peninsula over Saturday and Sunday. We got properly wind-blown, rain-drenched, sunburnt and sand-blasted on Saturday while training at Abbey Island by Derrynane Beach – a change from our usual hillside training spots but useful to do as dogs can regularly be requested for shoreline searches. On Sunday the training took place near Waterville, and we were also joined by a few members of the Iveragh Coast Guard unit as well as personnel from Valentia MRSC. We would like to thank the following:

- OPW (Christopher O’Neill and James O’Shea) for access to Derrynane & Abbey Island
- Iveragh Coast Guard for coming along to see what we do and also for the cuppa & debrief at the new station afterwards
- Denis from the IRCG Valentia Radio Station for dropping by and talking to us about the use of drones
- James Sugrue for access to his farmland for Sunday's training
- Cathy and all at Dromid Hostel for the warm welcome and comfy beds
- Local SARDA member Simon Kelly for arranging all the logistics and training officer Gerry Tobin for supervising the training
- And finally a big thanks to all of the volunteer dogsbodies who braved the elements to make it possible for us to train.
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Photos by Alun Saunders, Pauliina Kauppila, Michael Grant, Eadaoin O'Gorman.

Conor Stanley

Monday 4th September 2017, 11:00

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Search dog Koiru is retiring after 7.5 years on SARDAs callout list. Koiru and her handler Pauliina Kauppila qualified as a novice search dog team in March 2010 in the Comeragh Mountains and achieved their Full Search Dog grade at assessments held in the Mourne Mountains in October 2011. They also passed successfully their re-grading in Wicklow in November 2014. During this time, the pair have attended numerous callouts both nationally and at home as part of Castletownbere Coast Guard unit. We wish Koiru a happy retirement after her long service!

Search dog Koiru is retiring after 7.5 years on SARDA's callout list. Koiru and her handler Pauliina Kauppila qualified as a novice search dog team in March 2010 in the Comeragh Mountains and achieved their Full Search Dog grade at assessments held in the Mourne Mountains in October 2011. They also passed successfully their re-grading in Wicklow in November 2014. During this time, the pair have attended numerous callouts both nationally and at home as part of Castletownbere Coast Guard unit. We wish Koiru a happy retirement after her long service! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Happy retirement Koiru .

Enjoy her retirement Pauliina. .. well earned!

Happy retirement! 🍾🐶🍰

Doesn't she deserve a rest after all her tireless wonderful deeds.

Happy retirement koiru...great dog and even greater handler

Well deserved.

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Saturday 26th August 2017, 11:37

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

CALLOUT. SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were called out on Wednesday to assist in a search on Mount Brandon, Co. Kerry. A hillwalker, who was in his 60s and from the UK, had been missing since the previous evening and there was concern for his wellbeing. Dingle Coast Guard, Kerry Mountain Rescue Team and Rescue 115 were all involved in the search. The dog team was stood down en route when members of KMRT located the missing hiker's body on the mountain in the late afternoon. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Michael Grant your always on the go. Fair play.

So hard for everybody involved.

Good stuff Mick

Saturday 19th August 2017, 20:35

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
A nice shot of SARDA trainee dog JJ in Connemara yesterday. The photo was taken by his handler Janet Murphy.

A nice shot of SARDA trainee dog JJ in Connemara yesterday. The photo was taken by his handler Janet Murphy. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Lovely photo

Beautiful pic Janet

Thursday 20th July 2017, 11:17

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA dog team Pauliina Kauppila & Koiru were called out last night to assist Castletownbere Coast Guard team with a missing person search near Allihies, Beara Peninsula. They were stood down while en route to the location when the missing lady turned up safe and well. ... See MoreSee Less

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