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Wednesday 19th February 2020, 21:13

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
***Update***
Missing person has been found safe and well. 

Call-out #8

SARDA Ireland were tasked today by An Garda Síochána Togher, Cork to a missing persons incident in the Douglas area. Eadaoin OGorman and Search Dog Murphy responded this evening.

The search for 37-year-old Cian OSullivan will resume tomorrow. Cian last seen in the Douglas area on Tuesday morning, however his phone was last active on Tuesday afternoon. Cian is 59, of medium build with short hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on 021 4947120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Agencies Involved:
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
An Garda Síochána
Garda Dog Unit

***Update***
Missing person has been found safe and well.

Call-out #8

SARDA Ireland were tasked today by An Garda Síochána Togher, Cork to a missing persons incident in the Douglas area. Eadaoin O'Gorman and Search Dog Murphy responded this evening.

The search for 37-year-old Cian O'Sullivan will resume tomorrow. Cian last seen in the Douglas area on Tuesday morning, however his phone was last active on Tuesday afternoon. Cian is 5'9", of medium build with short hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on 021 4947120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Agencies Involved:
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
An Garda Síochána
Garda Dog Unit
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Delighted he's been found safe and well

Kate O' Donovan Margaret Senior Paul O Donovan

Wednesday 12th February 2020, 23:03

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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Wednesday 12th February 2020, 20:12

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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Brilliant photo, 🐶🐶

Monday 10th February 2020, 22:37

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

This weekend while three of our dog teams were involved in a search in Co. Meath, other SARDA members attended the Party Leader Training Course which was based in Kilfinane Oetc and on the shores of Lough Gur

The event was hosted by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association with instructors from Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and beyond.

Some SARDA members participated as trainees while others assisted by acting as casualties. Thanks for a well organized event which was a great opportunity for learning and meeting our MR colleagues from far and wide.
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Sunday 9th February 2020, 18:46

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
***Call out #6 08.02.2020

Yesterday afternoon, SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána Ashbourne to a missing person incident in Co. Meath.
Martina with Search Dog Ella, Mick with Search Dog Ziggy and Eadaoin with Search Dog Murphy responded.

In three hours of searching the three dog teams covered over 15km of farmland in the Dunboyne area. The search was stood down for the night and Gardai are currently carrying out further investigation.

Agencies involved:
An Garda Síochána
Meath Civil Defence

***Call out #6 08.02.2020

Yesterday afternoon, SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána Ashbourne to a missing person incident in Co. Meath.
Martina with Search Dog Ella, Mick with Search Dog Ziggy and Eadaoin with Search Dog Murphy responded.

In three hours of searching the three dog teams covered over 15km of farmland in the Dunboyne area. The search was stood down for the night and Gardai are currently carrying out further investigation.

Agencies involved:
An Garda Síochána
Meath Civil Defence
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What breed of dogs do you use? She's beautiful.

What dedication. Well done in such terrible weather.

Beautiful picture of Ella. Well done SARDA.

Well done SARDA.

Well done all

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Sunday 2nd February 2020, 23:35

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Hi all. We have had our assessment weekend in Wicklow and after two tough days of our handlers and dogs being put through their paces we are delighted to tell you that both dog teams have passed!

Gerry Tobin from Tipperary has qualified his second mountain rescue dog Fia and Martina OKearney Flynn based in Wicklow has earned her first prestigious red tag with Fia’s sister Ella.

We thank Gerry and Martina for the years of hard work that has brought them to this point. To their families also, we acknowledge their support and hope that they too are proud today.

One of the ways that SARDA maintains its high standards is to insist on using independent assessments using external assessors. In this case we had the pleasure of having Ian Thompson and Ellie Sherwin of Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and Harold Burrows of Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales) as assessors. We thank them for taking the time to travel from overseas to observe our search dogs teams and cast their professional eye over our working standards. We also thank our Irish assessors Michael, Helen, Don, Pauliina and Henry.

While assessments were ongoing we made the most of the weekend by continuing to train our trainee and qualified air scenting dogs and our trainee trailing dogs. This was done in the company of new members who have just started to get involved.

We would finally like to thank the entire SARDA team that make weekends like this happen. Much work goes into training dogs to our high standard and organizing events such as this one, so we thank you all for your help. We now have two more dog teams in Ireland that will assist in bringing our loved ones home.

Well Done Guys.
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Congratulations Gerry and Martina, and of course Fia and Ella, well done all

Massive congrats Gerry & Fia and Martina & Ella. Fantastic weekend as always

Brilliant news to share...congratulations Gerry & Fia and Martina & Ella for passing your assessments this weekend. Well done indeed both handlers and your dogs in team Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Hurray from USA! Strong work bringing those two wiley pups along. Congrats!

Delighted for you both a massive well done 💪🏼👏👏

Congratulations, great achievement 😀

Congratulations to you both, well done🎉

Brilliant News , congratulations to all involved

Brilliant news from the assessment weekend in Wicklow with Gerry Tobin qualifying with his second mountain rescue dog Fia & Martina OKearney Flynn based in Wicklow who has qualified with Fia’s sister Ella. Huge congratulations Martina & Gerry Tobin. 👏👏👏 Big hugs for Fia & Ella 🍖🍖🍖 Gerry and Martina have like all NSARDA handlers spent years of hard work to achieve this and pass a multi day assessment process demonstrating their abilities repeatedly in 4 different types of search areas. Many thanks to external assessors Ian Thompson and Ellie Sherwin of Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and Harold Burrows of Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales) ensuring that NSARDA maintains the highest standards at all times. Thank you. Huge thanks also to the Irish assessors Michael, Helen, Don, Pauliina and Henry. Whilst this happened training continued for trainee and qualified air scenting dogs and our trainee trailing dogs. Well done to everyone not mentioned but vital to help make this all happen. NSARDA are rightly proud of all their dogs and handlers that get through this gruelling but necessary process to clearly demonstrate and prove their ability to be deployed by Mountain Rescue England and Wales, Scottish Mountain Rescue, Lowland Rescue other agencies and search teams to find vulnerable missing people. Just brilliant team Ireland.

Congratulations Martina OKearney Flynn and Gerry Tobin great achievement, best of luck with Ella and Fia!

Congrats to the dogs and their handlers......you are such an integral part of life. Amazing work ! 🐾🎉

Congrats to your two latest dog teams and to everyone else involved in SARDA. We are all indebted to you.

Congratulations 🎉 Martina OKearney Flynn!

Great to hear Gerry is back in action 💪🏻 well done to all

Getting through an assessment like this is a very particular – and exquisite – type of joy! 🙂 Congratulations once again, Gerry and Martina. Well deserved. I am so happy for you both! ❤️

Congratulations. You all do amazing work 😁🐶

Congratulations such an amazing achievement

Aaaaaah brilliant news, well done, 2 fantastic teams, congratulations!!!!!

Well done Gerry and Fia. Brilliant news.

Was that you near the miners village in Glendasan on Saturday morning ? Saw what might have been a training and wondered.....

Congratulations to you both and to your dogs!

Fantastic 😘 to all

Great work.Well done Gerry Tobin.

Congratulations, well done, and thanks to everyone involved in rescue work for giving so much of your time to prepare to help

well done guys..gerry you look the part....congrats too you all.

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Sunday 26th January 2020, 20:55

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Call-out #5 of 2020

SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána Kinsale to a missing persons incident. Between Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th January, Eadaoin with Search Dog Murphy and Mick with Search Dog Ziggy covered around 13km of woodland, parkland and coastal terrain. Louise and Search Dog Lyla remained on stand by for today.

The search was stood down on Saturday afternoon when a person was located in the water by Old Head/Seven Heads Coast Guard and recovered by Mallow Search and Rescue. SARDA Ireland extends our sincere condolences to the missing persons family and friends.

Agencies involved:
An Garda Síochána
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
Old Head/Seven Heads Coast Guard
Kinsale RNLI
Mallow Search and Rescue
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Call-out #5 of 2020

SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána Kinsale to a missing persons incident. Between Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th January, Eadaoin with Search Dog Murphy and Mick with Search Dog Ziggy covered around 13km of woodland, parkland and coastal terrain. Louise and Search Dog Lyla remained on stand by for today.

The search was stood down on Saturday afternoon when a person was located in the water by Old Head/Seven Heads Coast Guard and recovered by Mallow Search and Rescue. SARDA Ireland extends our sincere condolences to the missing persons family and friends.

Agencies involved:
An Garda Síochána
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
Old Head/Seven Heads Coast Guard
Kinsale RNLI
Mallow Search and Rescue
Irish Search Dogs
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That is very sad but you guys are something. You have our utmost respect.

😢 nonetheless well done to all agencies involved who allowed the persons close to know the body was found.

Having a busy time ,

Thursday 23rd January 2020, 21:39

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA Ireland were tasked today by AGS Kinsale to assist in the search for missing person Martin Faherty, 42 years, who was last seen in the Kinsale area on 3rd January 2020 at approximately 12.10am. When he was last seen, Martin was wearing a green woolly hat, a shirt, jeans and boots. 

Gardaí and Martins family are concerned for his welfare. Anyone who may have seen Martin or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Kinsale Garda Station on 021 477 9250, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

The search was stood down for the day and will resume tomorrow.

SARDA Ireland were tasked today by AGS Kinsale to assist in the search for missing person Martin Faherty, 42 years, who was last seen in the Kinsale area on 3rd January 2020 at approximately 12.10am. When he was last seen, Martin was wearing a green woolly hat, a shirt, jeans and boots.

Gardaí and Martin's family are concerned for his welfare. Anyone who may have seen Martin or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Kinsale Garda Station on 021 477 9250, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

The search was stood down for the day and will resume tomorrow.
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SARDA are assisting with the search since 0800. Mick with Ziggy are onsite and are assisted by Dorothy.

Thursday 23rd January 2020, 10:00

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Earlier yesterday SARDA were tasked by An Garda Síochána Carlow to a missing person incident. Dog teams were stood down en route when searchers in the area recovered a person from the river. Our condolences to the missing person's family and friends. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday 19th January 2020, 18:58

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA held a local training session in Wicklow today. Our ever-loyal dogsbodies spent the best part of the day in their bivvy bags on the hillside, ready for any eventualities – the most probable one of them obviously being found by a very excited (and perhaps a little muddy) search dog. 😅 Thanks for this excellent shot, Edelle Doherty.

SARDA held a local training session in Wicklow today. Our ever-loyal dogsbodies spent the best part of the day in their bivvy bags on the hillside, ready for any eventualities – the most probable one of them obviously being found by a very excited (and perhaps a little muddy) search dog. 😅 Thanks for this excellent shot, Edelle Doherty. ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday 18th January 2020, 16:28

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
CALLOUT. Two of our dog teams, Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy and Louise Burgoyne with search dog Lyla, assisted South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association with this search for a missing person in Co. Tipperary on Friday. Sadly, the missing gentleman was located deceased. RIP.Image attachment

CALLOUT. Two of our dog teams, Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy and Louise Burgoyne with search dog Lyla, assisted South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association with this search for a missing person in Co. Tipperary on Friday. Sadly, the missing gentleman was located deceased. RIP.Just after midnight Friday 17th Jan, SEMRA received a request from AGS for assistance in the search for an elderly gentleman who was missing in the Toureen area. A full team call out was made and working from a base at the Silver Sands/Keating’s 4 search parties including, Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)dog Ziggy and handler Mick, searched the farmland, farm buildings and forest tracks until 5am. The search was stood down temporarily to allow the search teams to re-group and for more team members to join the next phase. The search base re-located to the car park at the Lady Gregory pub and at 8am 4 SEMRA search teams went out again. They were joined by 2 SARDA search dogs - Ziggy with handler Mick and Lyla with handler Louise. Tipperary Civil Defence joined the search with a K-9 unit, a drone unit along with more of their team members. The An Garda Síochána from Cahir were on scene throughout the day to provide support and called in the An Garda Síochána Air Support Unit helicopter to search during the night and again in daylight. Members of the Galtee Walking Club and local people all joined the search. Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail assisted also by sending a crew to check along the railway line. The Defence Force & Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery were on standby to join the search. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of so many people, the deceased gentleman was found shortly before 1pm. SEMRA would like to thank everyone who assisted in the search and to thank the kind people who provided tea & sandwiches to the searchers. Our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great effort by all. condolences to his family

Saturday 11th January 2020, 14:16

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Just a few snaps of our team collecting around Cork today. Rubs available all day. No appointment needed. ... See MoreSee Less

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We need to respond to a message from a concerned volunteer (with a bushy beard). THE RUBS ARE FOR DOGS ONLY. We may, in future hold a beard rubbing event if we can get the permit.

We met Penelope and tracker today on Patrick street. Stunning dogs. ❤.

Well done guys and dogs

Friday 10th January 2020, 11:23

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
We are doing our annual fund-raising collection in Cork tomorrow (Sat 11th). You will find our collectors and SARDA dogs in the city centre and all the main shopping centres (Bishopstown, Douglas Court, 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 11th). You will find our collectors and SARDA dogs in the city centre and all the main shopping centres (Bishopstown, Douglas Court, 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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Good Luck guys! Hope you raise loads of money 😉

Sunday 5th January 2020, 11:29

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

***Call out***
Last night SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána to a missing person incident in the South Cork area. SARDA dog handlers Eadaoin O'Gorman with Murphy and Michael Grant with Ziggy responded. The dog teams were en route when the missing person was located safe and well. Well done to all the agencies involved.
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Friday 3rd January 2020, 10:47

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
This morning SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána in Clonakilty to assist in the search for a missing person in the area. As the dog teams were preparing to travel the missing person was located deceased. Our condolences to the missing persons family and friends.

This morning SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána in Clonakilty to assist in the search for a missing person in the area. As the dog teams were preparing to travel the missing person was located deceased. Our condolences to the missing persons family and friends. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday 2nd January 2020, 10:05

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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Monday 30th December 2019, 23:48

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Earlier tonight SARDA were tasked by the Gardaí in Tulla, Co. Clare to assist in the search for a missing boy in East Clare. Jarlath Folan with search dog Syd and Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy responded while Louise Burgoyne with Lyla were to join the search later. Niall Devery was also involved as a member of Killaloe Coast Guard Unit

Our dog teams were stood down en-route at approximately 9:30PM when the missing boy was located safe and well by a Garda patrol.
 
Another great outcome, well done to all involved.

Agencies involved included:
An Garda Síochána
Killaloe Coast Guard Unit
Doolin Coast Guard
Rescue 115
Limerick Land Search Team
Tipperary Search And Rescue Group

Earlier tonight SARDA were tasked by the Gardaí in Tulla, Co. Clare to assist in the search for a missing boy in East Clare. Jarlath Folan with search dog Syd and Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy responded while Louise Burgoyne with Lyla were to join the search later. Niall Devery was also involved as a member of Killaloe Coast Guard Unit

Our dog teams were stood down en-route at approximately 9:30PM when the missing boy was located safe and well by a Garda patrol.

Another great outcome, well done to all involved.

Agencies involved included:
An Garda Síochána
Killaloe Coast Guard Unit
Doolin Coast Guard
Rescue 115
Limerick Land Search Team
Tipperary Search And Rescue Group
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So glad the boy was found. Well done to all

Great outcome well done

That’s great news

Great result everyone❤

Well done lads

Thank You.

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Monday 30th December 2019, 11:44

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA dog team Michael Grant and Ziggy were on their way home from training in Wicklow yesterday when they were called out to this incident in the Comeragh mountains, along with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. The missing pair were located safe and well by the rescue team. Well done to all involved!SEMRA received a request from AGS Waterford at 16:20 this afternoon to assist a father & daughter who had got into difficult terrain with fog closing in above Mahon Falls. A full team call out was initiated, Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) search dog Ziggy & handler Mick Grant also responded. The first SEMRA members on scene went up to locate the walkers. A second and third group followed, bringing the 2 team land rovers up the shoulder as far as possible. They then proceeded on foot to meet up with the first group. The father & daughter were able to walk off the hill escorted by SEMRA & arrived back at the car park at approx 19:00, a bit cold and tired but safe and well. ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday 25th December 2019, 14:21

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Nollaig Shona from all the SARDA Ireland team 🎄🎅🐾

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Happy Christmas

Saturday 21st December 2019, 9:23

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
***Call Out***

Late last night SARDA Ireland were tasked by Fermoy Gardai to assist with a search for a missing person in Mitchelstown. Eadaoin OGorman with Search Dog Murphy and Michael Grant with Search Dog Ziggy responded. 

The dog teams were stood down en route when the missing person was located shortly after midnight.
Another great outcome, well done to all involved.

Agencies involved included:
An Garda Siochana
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
R115
The National Ambulance Service
Cork County Fire and RescueImage attachment

***Call Out***

Late last night SARDA Ireland were tasked by Fermoy Gardai to assist with a search for a missing person in Mitchelstown. Eadaoin O'Gorman with Search Dog Murphy and Michael Grant with Search Dog Ziggy responded.

The dog teams were stood down en route when the missing person was located shortly after midnight.
Another great outcome, well done to all involved.

Agencies involved included:
An Garda Siochana
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
R115
The National Ambulance Service
Cork County Fire and Rescue
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Well done to everyone involved and of course Murphy and Ziggy.

So proud of Murphy.. and Ziggy too. Love successful outcomes.. thanks SARDA!!

Well done to all involved we are very grateful

Well done x

Well done all involved none of us ever know when we mite need this service. Credit to all the services

Well done to everyone involved and of course Murphy and Ziggy.

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Tuesday 17th December 2019, 15:26

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Dog team Eadaoin O'Gorman & Murphy were busy over the last couple of days. After assisting (along with two other SARDA teams) with a search in Wexford over Sunday and Monday, they also fitted in a spot of training with Guileen Coast Guard on Monday night.Guileen Coast Guards final exercise of the year included a vist from our CUSM Tim O'Keeffe and also joind by Eadaoin O'Gorman of SARDA with search dog Murphy, Eadaoin gave a presentation on SARDA and then joined us on exercise with Murphy. A unit member hid along the coast line in undergrowth and Eadaoin demonstrated the strengths of a search dog covering alot of ground quickly and an early find for Murphy on a cold night. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday 16th December 2019, 19:07

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

On Sunday afternoon SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána Wexford to search for missing persons in Our Lady's Island area in Co. Wexford. Over yesterday and today, three dog teams (Michael Grant & Ziggy, Eadaoin O'Gorman & Murphy, Louise Burgoyne & Lyla) carried out some 12 hours of searching over 20km of coastal and inland terrain. The search concluded today with the missing persons located safe and well by the Garda Dog Unit. A great example of multi-agency cooperation.

Agencies in attendance: An Garda Síochána, Garda Dog Unit, Rescue 117, Carnsore/Rosslare Coast Guard, Kilmore Quay Coast Guard Unit, Civil Defence.
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Great result and well done to all that turned out

Nice! Strong work!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 21:01

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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Thursday 5th December 2019, 11:36

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA Ireland were tasked by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association just after 5am on Tuesday, December 3rd  to assist with a search for a missing mother & baby. Michael with Search Dog Ziggy and Eadaoin with Search Dog Murphy responded.

This was a multi agency search with South Eastern Mountain Rescue, An Garda Síochána, Civil Defence, National Ambulance Service (NAS) and Irish Community Rapid Response Doctor all assisting. 

The mother and baby were found safe and well just before 8am. They were checked over by the doctor before being transferred to hospital.  

Great outcome and well done to everyone involved.Image attachment

SARDA Ireland were tasked by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association just after 5am on Tuesday, December 3rd to assist with a search for a missing mother & baby. Michael with Search Dog Ziggy and Eadaoin with Search Dog Murphy responded.

This was a multi agency search with South Eastern Mountain Rescue, An Garda Síochána, Civil Defence, National Ambulance Service (NAS) and Irish Community Rapid Response Doctor all assisting.

The mother and baby were found safe and well just before 8am. They were checked over by the doctor before being transferred to hospital.

Great outcome and well done to everyone involved.
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Great work .

Fabulous outcome to this multi agency tasking. Well done to all 🧡

You do fantastic work well done to everyone👍

Congratulations to everyone 👏

Well done guys ye are amazing.

Well done 👍

💞🙏

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Thursday 5th December 2019, 11:07

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

HAPPY WORLD VOLUNTEER DAY!There are 11 MR teams across the island of Ireland with over 500 volunteers involved. It all began for Mountain Rescue Ireland in 1965 in Bryansford Co Down and the first team to be established was Mourne Mountain Rescue Team

www.mountainrescue.ie/

#IVD2019 International Volunteer Day 2019
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Wednesday 4th December 2019, 15:47

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Today is International Missing Persons Day, and the Department of Justice and Equality hosted a special event in Dublin to mark the occasion. Minister of State David Stanton, Garda commissioner Drew Harris and a number of family members of missing loved ones spoke and shared their experiences. Our public relations officer Noel Culbert represented SARDA and met with some of the families who have found themselves in this difficult situation. We thank the Department of Justice for the invite, and we wish all agencies well in their efforts in reuniting families with their missing loved ones.

Today is International Missing Persons Day, and the Department of Justice and Equality hosted a special event in Dublin to mark the occasion. Minister of State David Stanton, Garda commissioner Drew Harris and a number of family members of missing loved ones spoke and shared their experiences. Our public relations officer Noel Culbert represented SARDA and met with some of the families who have found themselves in this difficult situation. We thank the Department of Justice for the invite, and we wish all agencies well in their efforts in reuniting families with their missing loved ones. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday 1st December 2019, 20:20

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA Ireland were delighted to take part in the fundraiser for Little Blue Heroes at Mayfield Garda Station today.  

Among the SARDA Ireland attendees were Louise Burgoyne and Lyla, Jean Ryan and Trakr, Niall Devery and Croia, Mike Palmer and Pen.

Other agencies in attendance:
Guileen Coast Guard
Crosshaven Coast Guard
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
Garda Dog Unit
Cork City Fire BrigadeImage attachmentImage attachment

SARDA Ireland were delighted to take part in the fundraiser for Little Blue Heroes at Mayfield Garda Station today.

Among the SARDA Ireland attendees were Louise Burgoyne and Lyla, Jean Ryan and Trakr, Niall Devery and Croia, Mike Palmer and Pen.

Other agencies in attendance:
Guileen Coast Guard
Crosshaven Coast Guard
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
Garda Dog Unit
Cork City Fire Brigade
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Nice photos 🤗

Friday 29th November 2019, 9:32

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Hi all. SARDA have been invited to attend this worthwhile An Garda Síochána event in Cork on Sunday so feel free to drop by and say hello. We look forward to seeing you there.

Hi all. SARDA have been invited to attend this worthwhile An Garda Síochána event in Cork on Sunday so feel free to drop by and say hello. We look forward to seeing you there. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday 26th November 2019, 21:48

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
As you may know by now, Albania was today hit by a strong earthquake resulting in much devastation. One of our members, Karolina has told us that some of her Croatian teammates have been deployed to the area. They will join 6 other Croatian teams in the search and rescue effort. We keep these teams in our thoughts tonight and over the coming days as they assist the people of Albania. 

https://www.facebook.com/spasioci.kossp/photos/a.1637596419828544/2443205859267592/?type=3&theater

As you may know by now, Albania was today hit by a strong earthquake resulting in much devastation. One of our members, Karolina has told us that some of her Croatian teammates have been deployed to the area. They will join 6 other Croatian teams in the search and rescue effort. We keep these teams in our thoughts tonight and over the coming days as they assist the people of Albania.

www.facebook.com/spasioci.kossp/photos/a.1637596419828544/2443205859267592/?type=3&theaterOvo je ono zbog čega vrijedno treniramo, a ujedno se nadamo da nikad nikome neće trebati naša pomoć...ali kad do toga dođe...spremni smo 💪
Tim potražnih pasa na putu za Albaniju koju je pogodio razorni potres!!
KOSSP tim (Igor Goreta, Tomislav Zdencar i Petra Covic) sa kolegama iz ostalih potražnih organizacija!
Sretno svima!!!
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Tuesday 26th November 2019, 11:45

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Some of the group on Sunday

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Tuesday 19th November 2019, 20:48

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA teams continued to assist in the search for the man missing in Waterford this morning but sadly, the body of a man in his 50s was discovered further along the coast. 

SARDA spent a day and a half searching with Michael and  Ziggy, Louise with Lyla and Eadaoin and Murphy involved.
The search operation also involved An Garda Síochána, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Civil Defence, Irish Naval Service, RNLI Helvick Head, Rescue 117 and local Irish Coast Guard assistance from Ardmore Coast Guard Unit, Bonmahon Coast Guard and Tramore Coast Guard Unit. 
Members of the local community also assisted family members in the search.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased gentleman at this time. 

May he Rest In Peace.

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SARDA teams continued to assist in the search for the man missing in Waterford this morning but sadly, the body of a man in his 50s was discovered further along the coast.

SARDA spent a day and a half searching with Michael Grant and Ziggy, Louise with Lyla and Eadaoin O'Gorman and Murphy involved.
The search operation also involved An Garda Síochána, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Civil Defence, Irish Naval Service, RNLI Helvick Head, Rescue 117 and local Irish Coast Guard assistance from Ardmore Coast Guard Unit, Bonmahon Coast Guard and Tramore Coast Guard Unit.
Members of the local community also assisted family members in the search.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased gentleman at this time.

May he Rest In Peace.

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Thanks for everything SARDA.

Heart breaking, Condolences to Mary,,Sarah n Conor n all the Organ family,,,,,Bed in heaven for you Davy,,,God bless all the emergency services n all the people who helped in the search,,,wonderful people,,,

Thank you SARDA well done. such upsetting circumstances. May that poor man RIP deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Good on SARDA and all the other services involved. Very sorry about the outcome for the family and friends 😢

Omg so sad, thoughts are with his family friends and all those who searched for him, R.I.P

Thank you all for your continued invaluable service 💔

R I P

RIP

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Monday 18th November 2019, 19:44

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA teams have been tasked by An Garda Síochána this morning to assist with the search for a missing person in the Waterford area. Our teams have stood down for the night and will resume searching again at first light in the morning. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good luck, I pray for a speedy search 🙏

Best of luck, hopefully a good result tomorrow...Stay Safe

Hope everyone stays safe

Saturday 16th November 2019, 12:00

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

We had a National Training Weekend in Wicklow over the weekend of November 15th and 16th.
The weather was cold but it remained dry which was a blessing, especially for our loyal dogsbodies who are most exposed to the elements. We had many areas set up to cater for everything from experienced teams preparing for assessment to newer teams doing obedience work. It was great weekend with a healthy mix of experienced handlers and new members who really contribute to the group. We congratulate Jean with Trakyr and Anthony with Finnegan who passed their obedience tests.
Much Thanks to Martina, our local handler for organising the logistics of the weekend, Mick the training officer for help and advice and also the Glen of Imaal MRT for use of their base.
We all love good photos so we also thank Fiona, our guest photographer and our regular photographers who supplied the photos here.
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Sunday 10th November 2019, 2:17

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This morning SARDA Handler Éadaoin with Search dog Murphy met with 23rd Midleton Scouts at Mahon Falls. The scouts were braving the elements and going for a mountain hike. Before they started, Éadaoin gave a talk on search dogs and mountain rescue followed by a demo with Murphy. Thanks to the 23rd Midleton Scout Group for the invite.Image attachmentImage attachment

This morning SARDA Handler Éadaoin with Search dog Murphy met with 23rd Midleton Scouts at Mahon Falls. The scouts were braving the elements and going for a mountain hike. Before they started, Éadaoin gave a talk on search dogs and mountain rescue followed by a demo with Murphy. Thanks to the 23rd Midleton Scout Group for the invite. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday 7th November 2019, 17:42

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA Ireland were tasked today by An Garda Síochána to assist in a search for a missing man near the Lee Fields in Cork City. Search dog Lyla and handler Louise Burgoyne responded. The missing person was located, sadly deceased, by the Gardaí just as the voluntary teams arrived on location. We wish to convey our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Agencies in attendance were An Garda Síochána, SARDA Ireland, Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery, Cork City Fire Brigade and Mallow Search and Rescue.

SARDA Ireland were tasked today by An Garda Síochána to assist in a search for a missing man near the Lee Fields in Cork City. Search dog Lyla and handler Louise Burgoyne responded. The missing person was located, sadly deceased, by the Gardaí just as the voluntary teams arrived on location. We wish to convey our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Agencies in attendance were An Garda Síochána, SARDA Ireland, Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery, Cork City Fire Brigade and Mallow Search and Rescue. ... See MoreSee Less

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Condolences to the the family. Well done Sarda and Louise and Lyla

Heart breaking for all involved when time is of the essence. Well done to you all hard as it will be there is closure. Deepest sympathies to the family. RIP

We do this so others may live , sadly sometimes it’s not the outcome we would like to give the family , but at least there given answers . Keep going no matter what

Condolences to family and friends and keep going Sarda

Friday 1st November 2019, 16:16

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA Ireland dog teams are participating in the ongoing search efforts in the Ticknock area for Gerry Taylor.
This morning, RTE's 'Crime Call' were on scene filming the multi agency search teams involved; SARDA, An Garda Síochána and Dublin Civil Defence. This will go to air in November.
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Thursday 24th October 2019, 19:27

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Our new SARDA jeep is looking well. The new vehicle was largely funded by a CLÁR grant from the Department of Rural and Community Development, and we are very grateful for their support. Many thanks also for Mountain Rescue Ireland for their assistance with the project. The jeep has been fitted with many K9 specific features and will be of great benefit when our dog handlers are responding to callouts.Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) Tidy fit-out with 2 kennels for SARDA. Ford Ireland ... See MoreSee Less

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Best of luck with it.

Very nice. Is the one for Kent ready yet???

Good luck 🍀 with the new Jeep 🚙

Looks great !

Well ware guys nice job

Nice

Best of luck with it it looks great

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Tuesday 15th October 2019, 17:57

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**DOG FIND**  SARDA Ireland were tasked by Cobh Gardaí to a search for a missing person in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork today. Louise Burgoyne with search dog Lyla, Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy and Eadaoin OGorman with search dog Murphy responded. Unfortunately, the missing person was located deceased shortly before 1pm by Louise and search dog Lyla with Edwin OSullivan of Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery.

SARDA Ireland would like to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Agencies in attendance: An Garda Síochána Cobh, Garda dog unit, Guileen Coast Guard, Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery

**DOG FIND** SARDA Ireland were tasked by Cobh Gardaí to a search for a missing person in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork today. Louise Burgoyne with search dog Lyla, Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy and Eadaoin O'Gorman with search dog Murphy responded. Unfortunately, the missing person was located deceased shortly before 1pm by Louise Burgoyne and search dog Lyla with Edwin O'Sullivan of Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery.

SARDA Ireland would like to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Agencies in attendance: An Garda Síochána Cobh, Garda dog unit, Guileen Coast Guard, Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
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Well done all involved, albeit a sad outcome

Well done Louise & Lyla, Sad outcome but closure for the persons family.

Well done to all involved! RIP to the deceased

Wonderful effort, but, sadly a difficult outcome, RIP.

Well done lyla and louise and all responders. May thet rest in peace

Terribly sad outcome but thank goodness for Louise and Lyla providing much needed closure to the family. RIP.

Well done Louise and Lyla, sad outcome RIP

Rip sad news great work by the rescue teams

sad outcome but an outcome non the less. well done.

Well done all, RIP.

Well done Louise Burgoyne and Lyla. Condolences to the family

Great work. Sad news. Rip

Well done 🐾

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Monday 14th October 2019, 21:21

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SARDA held a training weekend near Oughterard, Co. Galway over Saturday and Sunday. We had both sunshine with blue skies as well as absolute downpours over the two days. Many thanks to all our dogsbodies who endured these changeable conditions in their bivvy bags on the hills! On Saturday night we also gave a hand to Galway Mountain Rescue team with their 'Howl at the Moon' night walk fundraiser. A great weekend by all accounts! Photos by Edelle Doherty, Dorothy Grimes and Eadaoin O'Gorman. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good set of pics.

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Wednesday 9th October 2019, 22:31

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
On Monday afternoon SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána in Midleton to assist with a missing person incident in Garryvoe, Co. Cork. Eadaoin OGorman with search dog Murphy, Louise Burgoyne with search dog Lyla and Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy searched coastal, marshland and inland areas since Monday. Jarlath Folan and search dog Syd were also on standby. The search operation was stood down today when the missing person was located, sadly deceased. SARDA Ireland would like to express our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Agencies involved:
An Garda Siochana Midleton, Rescue 117, Guileen Coast Guard, Ballycotton Coast Guard, Youghal Coast Guard unit,
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery, Tipp S & R GROUP Nenagh Ormond Search Unit

On Monday afternoon SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána in Midleton to assist with a missing person incident in Garryvoe, Co. Cork. Eadaoin O'Gorman with search dog Murphy, Louise Burgoyne with search dog Lyla and Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy searched coastal, marshland and inland areas since Monday. Jarlath Folan and search dog Syd were also on standby. The search operation was stood down today when the missing person was located, sadly deceased. SARDA Ireland would like to express our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Agencies involved:
An Garda Siochana Midleton, Rescue 117, Guileen Coast Guard, Ballycotton Coast Guard, Youghal Coast Guard unit,
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery, Tipp S & R GROUP Nenagh Ormond Search Unit
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Well done everyone. Thoughts are with her family at this time RIP.

Well done to everyone, Limerick Land Search Team also involved on the last day. Condolences to the family in this tough time!

Condolences to her family & well done to SARDA & all emergencies involved 💔

Thank you for doing this difficult work, condolences to the family who I'm sure appreciate your help in locating their loved one. RIP.

Well done to SARDA and all emergency services involved ye are true angels. Condolences to all the lady's family rip.

Very sad, but well done to all those involved in the search

Condolences to the family and friends. May she rest in peace. Was the local Civil Defence involved in the search?

Rip and condolences

RIP

Michael Moran

So sad!

Rip

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Monday 7th October 2019, 18:50

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Two of SARDAs dog teams are currently assisting with this search. Please contact the Gardaí if you have any information.

Two of SARDA's dog teams are currently assisting with this search. Please contact the Gardaí if you have any information.***Update***

Gardaì would like to thank the public and all of the emergency services who assisted in the search for Frankie.

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Gardaí in Midleton wish to seek the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 67 year old Frankie Devlin who is missing from the Garryvoe area since approximately 10.45pm on Saturday 5th October 2019.

Frankie is described as being 5'8, of slim build, with blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black Dress, black top with a red and black jacket.

Gardaí and Frankie's family are concerned for her welfare.

There was considerable traffic in the Garryvoe area on this night and Gardaí are appealing for any motorists travelling on or after 10.45pm who may have dash-cam footage to come forward.

As there is a large number of mobile homes and holiday homes in the area, Gardaí are asking owners of any unoccupied holiday homes in the area to arrange to have their property inspected and contact Gardaí.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Midleton Garda Station on 021 462 1550 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Three SARDA teams were assisting the search today and will continue the search again tomorrow. We wish them well.

Saturday 5th October 2019, 17:59

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

As you all know, our members come from all backgrounds and bring varied experience to our team. Edwin O'Sullivan is an example of this, being a member of Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery as well as SARDA.Ruairi De Barra on Cobh News

Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery Unit.

The loss of loved one is one of the most tragic experiences which can befall a family. If that loved one is not recovered, then the grieving process can be made all the more difficult on those left behind. There is in Cork, a dedicated team of volunteers who have since their foundation provided hundreds of families with the solace of having their loved one returned to them.
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery Unit (CCMPSAR) only has thirteen members, yet with a diverse skill set and a dedication which is humbling, this small professional unit provides a service which is of immeasurable value to bereft families. Founded by 2001 by David Linehan after the loss of his father, this all-volunteer charitable group has grown over the years. It has recused persons in distress successfully, however its primary focus has been the search and recovery hundreds of others.
Eoin O’Sullivan is the current Chairperson. A soldier with the Defence Forces he has volunteered with the unit for many years in an effort he says to ‘Give back to the community. Through using my skills as a diver in the Army Dive Group and my RHIB operations experience.’ Primarily focused on the river Lee, they have also been involved in land searches, searches on other bodies of water and rivers, and they even send RHIB Coxns to Blacksod Bay to assist in searching for the wreckage of Rescue 116, which was tragically lost in March 2016. Edwin says that ‘CCMPSAR co-operate and liaise with the emergency services, Coastguard and Civil Defence, and many others.

Over the course of any given year, An Garda Síochána receives thousands of reports of suspected missing people. Each case is treated with the same amount of seriousness, and An Gardaí follow strict guidelines and procedures that help ensure that the searches are conducted efficiently and effectively. Often a family member will contact the unit directly and there is a contact number available for on the units social media. ‘We are here to help is we can’ says Edwin ‘We will try our very best. It is never easy and searches can take days out on the river and walking the banks.’

Technology and Training.
Another Defence Forces member involved in the unit is David O’Leary, a Petty Officer Radio & Radar Technician who is also a member of the elite Naval Service Diving Section. Involved with the Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) section of the Navy, he brings a highly specialised skill set to the CCMPSR unit. Recently they have purchased a BlueROV II, a sophisticated piece of equipment, customisable by the end user and is available off the shelf. Assembled in his workshop, it has put excellent ROV capabilities into the affordability range of this group, who rely on donations to keep providing the searches which can go long after statutory bodies may have to scale down or redeploy resources elsewhere. ‘I felt that I could bring my diving and ROV experience to the unit. It’s an opportunity for me to give back to my community.’ says David, who joined CCMPSAR after he returned from a deployment on ‘Operation Pontus’ off the coast of Libya in 2016. Having experienced high tempo rescue operations there and having been involved with many search and recovery operations all over Ireland with the Naval Service. ‘I am the Training and Development Officer now, so with new items of equipment such as the ROV being introduced. I will create and run courses on it, so that is capabilities can be maximised and the knowledge shared with all the other volunteers.’

Given the often-dangerous subsurface conditions and the physical and psychological challenges involved in diving in the fast-moving and extremely low visibility river, the unit needs to ensure that the safety of the divers is paramount at all times. Therefore training is a big part of the unit.
Joining the unit was also seen as a way for Karl O’Mahoney to help out, after he saw the units work on Facebook. Karls says that ‘David Linehan and David Varian sat and spoke with me, I offered whatever skills and experience I had to them. They invited me to come on board and I’m there nearly four years now.’ Karl is also a Petty Officer with the Naval Service, who has extensive experience overseas in the coordination of complex multivessel rescues of migrant craft in distress. ‘I am a communications specialist and GMDSS instructor’ he explains and ‘At the moment the unit is using just basic VHF radios. I am currently designing a course to qualify all the unit with a GMDSS Short Range Certificate.’

Generosity and Commemoration.
CCMPSAR’s watercraft are named in commemoration of some who have been lost ‘The Daniel Mulcahy’ and another is ‘The Aidan Brereton’, whose families made generous donations to assist in funding the boats. In recent weeks CCMPSAR held an official launch and blessing for their new RIB “The Nora Flynn”. Edwins tells me that ‘It was a privilege and an honour to have the late Nora Flynn’s family and sponsors, join us for the launch. We could not have done this without the continued backing of a number of Cork companies who supported us such as Port of Cork, Irish Mainport Holdings, Lehane Environmental & Industrial Services Ltd, CH Marine, Whelan Stores, Inver and Jotun (Ireland) Ltd.

Many others have been supportive and exceptional giving to the group; Fergus Thompson in Blackpool Auto Centre donated a Jeep and very recently an anonymous donor gave another utility jeep to the group. Now a registered charity, they strive to make each cent count. RHIBs are thirsty beasts for fuel and searches involve huge man hours out on the often freezing cold conditions of the water.

Edwin is delighted to tell me that Boston Scientific having adopted them as their preferred charity this year, ‘It’s a fantastic partnership. We travelled down to give them a presentation on what it is that we do and we were blown away by their support. We can’t thank them and people in general enough.’ Like all volunteer ran organisations the unit is always welcoming of donations and they recently ran a target recruitment drive for volunteers.

A Stolen Ringbuoy – A Stolen Life
Christy O’Donovan, is the Search Co-Ordinator for the unit and he recently had to highlight the incredible numbers of ringbuoys which are being recovered by the CCMPSAR. During one week in February this year fifteen ringbuoys, were removed from along the south bank of the river. The unit recovered eleven of these potentially lifesaving devices, which have no other purpose than to save lives. Speaking to the Cork Independent, Christy said: ‘This is getting beyond the realm of ridiculous now. A life ring is a life. If you were caught doing the same thing with a defibrillator, you’d be dragged through the courts for it.’ Mr O’Donovan posted images this March of yet more recovered buoys, stating on their very active social media accounts that: ‘Four more life rings recovered from the river while we were on a routine search today. It’s like an epidemic, idiots throwing them in; every time we go out we seem to find three or four each time.’

The river Lee is sadly not an exception with people interfering with ringbouys all over the country, Galway city had 150 removed in 2018 alone. Irish Water Safety has a long-running campaign warning that lives will be lost to drowning unless irresponsible members of the public stop damaging ringbuoys. They have appealed to the public to assist in maintaining these vitally important lifesaving devices by reporting missing ringbuoys to Irish Water Safety’s website, www.ringbuoys.ie.

This group of committed volunteers are disappointed at acts like this, however, they remain undeterred in their mission, to provide a compassionate and responsive service to anyone in need.

Please find contact details below:
RHIB: Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is an international system which uses improved terrestrial and satellite technology and ship-board radio systems.

[Contact & Donations details:
www.missingpersons.ie/ 
www.missing.ws/_mpassociation/mpAssociation.asp 
www.facebook.com/missing.persons.search.and.recovery
The National Missing Persons Helpline : 1890 442 552
CCMPSAR: 087 9609885 ccmpsar@gmail.com

Donations are gratefully received ay:
The Lough Credit Union: Acc. No: 80073951 Sort Code: 991061.
Electronic Transfers:
IBAN No: IE88LOC199106180073951
BIC No: ‘LOCIIE21XXX’ swift code BNPAIE21.

Reproduced on paperneverrefusedink.com/2019/04/30/%ef%bb%bfcork-city-missing-persons-search-and-recovery-unit/ with the kind permission of the Editor of An Cosantóir, this is my article which featured in the April 2019 Edition.

Ruairí de Barra hails from the wilds of Co.Mayo, Ireland and now resides in Cobh, Co.Cork. A sailor with over two decades of service with an tSeirbhís Chabhlaigh & Óglaigh na hÉireann, he writes professionally as an accredited Defence Forces military journalist and he is a regular contributor to 'An Cosantóir', the Irish Defence Forces Magazine.

#Cobh #Cork #Ireland
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Friday 4th October 2019, 8:28

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
A great result for one of the trailing dog teams from SARDA Wales. Well done Gethin and Sion!

A great result for one of the trailing dog teams from SARDA Wales. Well done Gethin and Sion!Call Out - DOG FIND

Late last night we were called to assist North Wales Police with the search for a high risk missing person in the Llandudno area. We were supported by Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation along with coastguard teams, the RNLI and the fire service. We deployed 1 Open Area dog team and 2 Trailing dog teams with another 2 dogs on standby.

Shortly after commencing the search one of our Trailing dog teams located the missing person safe and well and were able to assist that person to the safety of the roadside from a precarious position on hazardous ground.

A great effort and outcome for all concerned but particularly for the Trailing dog team concerned as this was their first operational search. Congratulations to Gethin and Sion on your first job and first find.

There were many agencies and people involved in this search and the deployment and subsequent find saved many hours of searching and resulted in the missing person being able to receive the support they needed. The very reason we train and deploy searchdogs!

If you would like to donate towards training our dogs you can give £5 by texting SARDAW5 to 70085, many thanks.
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Monday 30th September 2019, 13:04

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Two years ago today we lost our dear friend and teammate Kevin Hallahan. Today, like every day, we remember the positivity and joy he brought wherever he went, and the many lives he changed for the better. Kevin Hallahan, Wicklow 5.6, still on the hill. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday 23rd September 2019, 1:23

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Monday 23rd September 2019, 1:06

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

As most of you know we took part in the Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run last weekend. This year we, (along with Waterford Hospice) were the chosen beneficiaries of the event which drew a large crowd from far and wide. SARDA Ireland will use their portion of the proceeds to host an International Trailing Conference in 2020. We thank the committee again for choosing us and for your hard work leading up to and during this great event which we were honoured to be a part of.
We would like to thank all others who helped make it a great day, from the Irish Coast Guard marshals who gave us great encouragement along the route to all behind the scenes people who made it all happen including Clem Jacob Hire for the use of the gazebo. We cannot forget to thank those who turned up to run in the event or donated online.

To tie in with the event and its links to the Trailing Conference 2020 we had some welcome visitors in the form of Tim Sherlock & Ester Sherlock of Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales), Mick Dunthorne of @National Search and Rescue Dog Association - Staffordshire and Kenneth Kingston of Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England. While most of us were relaxing after the run, our guests were treated to a tour of the Rescue 117 base and a quick spin in the helicopter. We thank the crew of R117 for giving their time to this.

In the lead up to the weekend we invited people who expressed an interest in learning more about trailing dogs to join us in Rocketts Castle Estate for an information session. The purpose of this session was to discuss Trailing and to introduce the SARDA Ireland Training Programme. We had presentations, demonstrations, workshops and discussions and some media work over the weekend. All very interesting and an invaluable experience. We thank Thomas and Shirley of Rocketts Castle Estate for their warm hospitality and use of their amazing estate.
So, Thanks again to all involved and enjoy some photos taken by Edelle, Jimmy, John Foley and John Manning.
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Great to see SARDA Ireland embrace the Trailing aspect of SAR Dog handling. A very complex discipline and a huge commitment to training and seeing their qualified people handle their Trailing dogs should be a huge asset to the SAR community.

Well done

Monday 23rd September 2019, 0:46

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Thank you so much for inviting us to attend this fantastic event, the crew were delighted. Looking forward to meeting/working with you all again soon:-).

Saturday 14th September 2019, 21:56

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Two of our dog handlers and their dogs have been visiting our friends at Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) this weekend, they have attended the Dara Fitzpatrick Run in memory of Cpt Fitzpatrick where they were welcomed by the crew of R117 who took them for a flight above Waterford and presented them with a signed print of the aircraft.

Cpt Dara Fitzpatrick was based at Waterford for 10 years and she was Captain of R116 operating out of Dublin when it crashed off the Mayo coast on March 13th two years ago.
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Thursday 12th September 2019, 10:55

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
We at SARDA Ireland are remembering our friend and colleague Caitríona Lucas today, on the third anniversary of her tragic and untimely death during a Coast Guard search operation. This beautiful photo of Caitríona and her search dog Zac was taken by Caitríonas husband Bernard.

We at SARDA Ireland are remembering our friend and colleague Caitríona Lucas today, on the third anniversary of her tragic and untimely death during a Coast Guard search operation. This beautiful photo of Caitríona and her search dog Zac was taken by Caitríona's husband Bernard. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday 10th September 2019, 12:07

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Hi all, 
Just a reminder that the Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run is nearly upon us.

We encourage you, our SARDA friend, to show your support by registering and joining us on the day. If you can’t make it then we ask that you consider donating to the fund here. http://www.dfrun.ie

So come on down to Waterford - Murphy, Syd and Ziggy are looking forward to seeing you there.Image attachmentImage attachment

Hi all,
Just a reminder that the Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run is nearly upon us.

We encourage you, our SARDA friend, to show your support by registering and joining us on the day. If you can’t make it then we ask that you consider donating to the fund here. www.dfrun.ie

So come on down to Waterford - Murphy, Syd and Ziggy are looking forward to seeing you there.
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Best of luck to everyone taking part

Tuesday 10th September 2019, 11:56

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Monday 9th September 2019, 14:49

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Phew! What a busy weekend!... It started with Eadaoin and Gerry taking part in the Intro to the The Late Late Show,(Thanks Rescue 116 for the assistance). The show honoured members of the various emergency, security, search & rescue and voluntary services through Ireland. We were proud to take part in the National Services Day Parade 2019 through Dublin before going straight to business at our National Training Weekend. We based ourselves in Clogheen this weekend (Thanks again to The Sallows Hostel) and used Lough Mohra in The Commeraghs on Saturday and on Sunday and we moved to Bay Lough in The Knockmealldowns. It was great to see the gang after the Summer break. Thanks to the organizers of the weekend and for all those who helped make it a success. We especially welcome and thank the many new members who joined us this weekend. Your assistance is essential to us. We hope that you will be back to help us again. ... See MoreSee Less

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So proud of you all. Well done

Lovely to meet you all and it was great to have you on board for National Services Day 2019. See you next year.

You are all wonderful

Friday 6th September 2019, 18:11

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Hi folks. Its a busy weekend for SARDA with our training weekend in The Comeragh Mountains. We are also in attendance at tomorrows National Services Day Parade in Dublin. Why not kick off the weekend by tuning in to The Late Late Show later where Ryan celebrates the work of our nations front line services. (If you look closely you might see one or two familiar faces).Image attachment

Hi folks. Its a busy weekend for SARDA with our training weekend in The Comeragh Mountains. We are also in attendance at tomorrows National Services Day Parade in Dublin. Why not kick off the weekend by tuning in to The Late Late Show later where Ryan celebrates the work of our nations front line services. (If you look closely you might see one or two familiar faces). ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday 28th August 2019, 21:03

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Monday 26th August 2019, 23:52

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Yesterday evening SARDA were tasked by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to an incident in the Knockmealdown Mountains where a lone walker had sustained a lower leg injury.
Louise with Lyla and Michael with Ziggy were onsite while Jarlath, Sheelagh and Eadaoin were put on standby. Irish Coast Guard Rescue 117 was tasked as the light was fading and the casualty was winched off at 21:14 and all members safely off the hill by 21:47. Thank you to all agencies involved and we wish the walker a speedy recovery.

Yesterday evening SARDA were tasked by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to an incident in the Knockmealdown Mountains where a lone walker had sustained a lower leg injury.
Louise Burgoyne with Lyla and Michael Grant with Ziggy were onsite while Jarlath, Sheelagh O'Malley and Eadaoin O'Gorman were put on standby. Irish Coast Guard Rescue 117 was tasked as the light was fading and the casualty was winched off at 21:14 and all members safely off the hill by 21:47. Thank you to all agencies involved and we wish the walker a speedy recovery.
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Brilliant graphics. Bravo for this as it really illustrates the commitment from you guys, the dedication, time and travelling involved.

Well done to all services, Our crew had the easy job of collecting the patient The Home of Rescue 117 .

Well done to you all.

Well done everyone 👋

Well done Lou and Lyla! <3

Well done

Congrats to all the rescue services involved.

Well done all

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Monday 26th August 2019, 16:14

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

‪A big shout out to the incredible Dog Teams at Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) on #InternationalDogDay today. From the Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run team. You can Sign Up Today here www.dfrun.ie ... See MoreSee Less

Friday 23rd August 2019, 22:42

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Friday 23rd August 2019, 21:51

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
We at SARDA are proud and honoured to be a chosen beneficiary of this great event. Dara is fondly remembered by many for her service over her 10 years at the Waterford base. During this time, she would have worked with many of our two and four legged members and would have witnessed some of the work that we do.

We encourage our SARDA friends to show their support by registering and joining us on the day. If you can’t make it then we ask that you consider donating to the fund here. http://www.dfrun.ie

Our portion of the moneys raised will go towards a first of its kind, International, Search Dog Event in 2020, details of which will be communicated in the future on the SARDA Facebook page. Thank you.Image attachment

We at SARDA are proud and honoured to be a chosen beneficiary of this great event. Dara is fondly remembered by many for her service over her 10 years at the Waterford base. During this time, she would have worked with many of our two and four legged members and would have witnessed some of the work that we do.

We encourage our SARDA friends to show their support by registering and joining us on the day. If you can’t make it then we ask that you consider donating to the fund here. www.dfrun.ie

Our portion of the moneys raised will go towards a first of its kind, International, Search Dog Event in 2020, details of which will be communicated in the future on the SARDA Facebook page. Thank you.We are delighted to tell you this years chosen charities are, Waterford Hospice Home Care Team and the Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) (SARDA),
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Looking forward to a great day

Tuesday 20th August 2019, 13:07

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SARDA handler Eadaoin with Search dog Murphy met with members of Guileen Coast Guard last night. Wed like to thank members of the unit for their time and we very much look forward to working together in the future.

SARDA handler Eadaoin O'Gorman with Search dog Murphy met with members of Guileen Coast Guard last night. We'd like to thank members of the unit for their time and we very much look forward to working together in the future.A special thanks to Eadaoin O'Gorman from SARDA for her time tonight giving an overview of the great work done by SARDA. Eadaoin is a dog handler with SARDA and introduced us to "murphy" and explained how the dog was trained and handled. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday 19th August 2019, 0:33

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We are delighted to be a part of this years parade. We hope to see you there.Image attachment

We are delighted to be a part of this years parade. We hope to see you there.The next group to be added to the parade and display roster for this years National Services Day Parade 2019 are the Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland). SARDA Ireland is a voluntary 999 / 112 emergency search and rescue organization concerned with the training, assessment and deployment of Air Scenting Search and Rescue Dogs to search for missing persons and we are delighted to have them on board with us.

#NationalServicesDay #NSD19
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Monday 12th August 2019, 23:30

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There was a nice article written by The Clare Champion recently about one of our members Niall Devery. Niall is a busy man as member of Killaloe Coast Guard while also managing to find time to volunteer with us at SARDA. Many of our members like Niall, are members of Irish Coast Guard or Mountain Rescue Ireland teams based around the country and the experience they bring to the team is invaluable.

There was a nice article written by The Clare Champion recently about one of our members Niall Devery. Niall is a busy man as member of Killaloe Coast Guard while also managing to find time to volunteer with us at SARDA. Many of our members like Niall, are members of Irish Coast Guard or Mountain Rescue Ireland teams based around the country and the experience they bring to the team is invaluable. ... See MoreSee Less

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Niall Devery great write up

Good stuff Niall Devery, credit to ya bud

Well done Niall great asset keep up the good work

Well done Niall devery onwards and upwards

Saturday 10th August 2019, 15:23

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Last August Bank Holiday weekend was another busy one for the SARDA Ireland team. Handler Eadaoin OGorman attended  Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) Training Weekend in Dartmoor. On Friday August 2nd Éadaoin assisted MRSDE Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team on a call out for a high risk missing person. The missing person was eventually located by police a couple of days later. On Saturday August 3rd, Éadaoin acted as external witness for an MRSDE trailing assessment. Thank you to MRSDE and Harford Bridge Park for their hospitality over the weekend.
On Monday August 5th, handlers Éadaoin with Murphy, Louise Burgoyne with Lyla and Michael Grant Grant with Ziggy attended an open day at Waterford Garda Station. Also there were South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Bonmahon Coast Guard, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, Waterford City River Rescue CRBI, Waterford City Fire Service, Waterford City Civil Defence, Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps - Waterford Unit and many other emergency, search, rescue and voluntary services.Image attachmentImage attachment

Last August Bank Holiday weekend was another busy one for the SARDA Ireland team. Handler Eadaoin O'Gorman attended Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) Training Weekend in Dartmoor. On Friday August 2nd Éadaoin assisted MRSDE Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team on a call out for a high risk missing person. The missing person was eventually located by police a couple of days later. On Saturday August 3rd, Éadaoin acted as external witness for an MRSDE trailing assessment. Thank you to MRSDE and Harford Bridge Park for their hospitality over the weekend.
On Monday August 5th, handlers Éadaoin with Murphy, Louise Burgoyne with Lyla and Michael Grant Grant with Ziggy attended an open day at Waterford Garda Station. Also there were South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Bonmahon Coast Guard, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, Waterford City River Rescue CRBI, Waterford City Fire Service, Waterford City Civil Defence, Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps - Waterford Unit and many other emergency, search, rescue and voluntary services.
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Thursday 8th August 2019, 21:53

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Slightly different post than usual, please share this poster, this young lady is related to members of the mountain rescue Ireland community and is missing in Malaysia. ... See MoreSee Less

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Please God she's found soon ❤

She was found, unfortunately not a alive.

Sunday 4th August 2019, 21:14

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
If youre looking for something to do tomorrow then think about coming along to the Waterford Garda Station Open Day. We will be attending alongside our friends from An Garda Síochána, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Irish Coast Guard, and many other agencies. Hope to see you there!Image attachment

If you're looking for something to do tomorrow then think about coming along to the Waterford Garda Station Open Day. We will be attending alongside our friends from An Garda Síochána, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Irish Coast Guard, and many other agencies. Hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday 31st July 2019, 10:36

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SARDA Ireland participated in the multi agency emergency response effort at the annual Croagh Patrick (Reek Sunday) pilgrimage.  Coordinated by Mayo Mountain Rescue (MMRT), full response measures are put in place for the thousands of people who take take part in the annual pilgrimage in Co Mayo.  SARDA Ireland members worked on the hillside with the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) and the other Mountain Rescue Teams.  At base, SARDA Ireland and SEMRA worked with the MMRT operations team, using the SARCALL emergency response system which enables mountain rescue teams to locate incidents, record incident data and capture debriefing data.  Other participants at the annual Croagh Patrick event included the Irish Air Corps, Irish Cave Rescue Organisation - ICRO, Order of Malta Ireland, @Civil Defence, An Garda Síochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Thanks Terry Brophy for the photo.

SARDA Ireland participated in the multi agency emergency response effort at the annual Croagh Patrick (Reek Sunday) pilgrimage. Coordinated by Mayo Mountain Rescue (MMRT), full response measures are put in place for the thousands of people who take take part in the annual pilgrimage in Co Mayo. SARDA Ireland members worked on the hillside with the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) and the other Mountain Rescue Teams. At base, SARDA Ireland and SEMRA worked with the MMRT operations team, using the SARCALL emergency response system which enables mountain rescue teams to locate incidents, record incident data and capture debriefing data. Other participants at the annual Croagh Patrick event included the Irish Air Corps, Irish Cave Rescue Organisation - ICRO, Order of Malta Ireland, @Civil Defence, An Garda Síochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Thanks Terry Brophy for the photo. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday 26th July 2019, 10:37

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
The summer edition of the Irish Mountain Log magazine has a great little feature on SARDA, written by our own Sheelagh OMalley. This magazine is distributed to Mountaineering Ireland members and is also available in Easons. The photos in this article were kindly provided by Edelle Doherty.Image attachmentImage attachment

The summer edition of the Irish Mountain Log magazine has a great little feature on SARDA, written by our own Sheelagh O'Malley. This magazine is distributed to Mountaineering Ireland members and is also available in Eason's. The photos in this article were kindly provided by Edelle Doherty. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great article and lovely to hear how you are all going😊

Ray Leahy

Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 0:13

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Search dogs Murphy and Ziggy were called out by Dublin-Wicklow and Glen of Imaal mountain rescue teams to assist with a missing person search in the Lough Bray area of the Wicklow mountains at 2pm on the 18th of July.
The search dogs searched the shore of the lough and surrounding mountain side until 11pm.
The search resumed early on the morning of the 19th with search dog Lyla replacing Murphy and Ziggy on the search.
All the search dogs showed a interest in a quadrant of the lough where subsequently the Garda Water Unit recovered the deceased.
Our condolences to the family and friends of the missing person.
Other units that were out searching were, Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue, Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, and South Eastern Mountain Rescue Teams, Garda Water, Dog and Air Support Units and a unit from the Irish Defence Forces.Image attachmentImage attachment

Search dogs Murphy and Ziggy were called out by Dublin-Wicklow and Glen of Imaal mountain rescue teams to assist with a missing person search in the Lough Bray area of the Wicklow mountains at 2pm on the 18th of July.
The search dogs searched the shore of the lough and surrounding mountain side until 11pm.
The search resumed early on the morning of the 19th with search dog Lyla replacing Murphy and Ziggy on the search.
All the search dogs showed a interest in a quadrant of the lough where subsequently the Garda Water Unit recovered the deceased.
Our condolences to the family and friends of the missing person.
Other units that were out searching were, Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue, Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, and South Eastern Mountain Rescue Teams, Garda Water, Dog and Air Support Units and a unit from the Irish Defence Forces.
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Great work SARDA deepest sympathies for the family. Thinking of you also as it must be hard on this result for you also.

Such incredible work SARDA does. . So sorry to hear of the sad outcome

Well done to you all.

deep condolence to their family , it’s amazing work yea do

Condolences to the family of the missing person. What a fantastic group of people ye are 🐶🐕

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Monday 22nd July 2019, 9:40

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Yesterday Michael Grant, Eadaoin OGorman and Noel Culbert along with search dogs Murphy and Ziggy took part in the Killaloe Emergency Services Display. The downpours certainly tested our waterproofs in between meeting the public and catching up with other front line services at the show such as Killaloe Coast Guard Unit, An Garda Síochána, (with their Mounted Unit and Limerick based Dog Unit, Road Safety Authority Ireland and Killaloe Fire Service.Image attachment

Yesterday Michael Grant, Eadaoin O'Gorman and Noel Culbert along with search dogs Murphy and Ziggy took part in the Killaloe Emergency Services Display. The downpours certainly tested our waterproofs in between meeting the public and catching up with other front line services at the show such as Killaloe Coast Guard Unit, An Garda Síochána, (with their Mounted Unit and Limerick based Dog Unit, Road Safety Authority Ireland and Killaloe Fire Service. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday 18th July 2019, 10:34

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Search dog Ziggy attended the UCD Veterinary Hospital Conference last weekend as a guest of Bayer Ireland. Bayer supports the Search and Rescue Dog Association Ireland search dogs by providing them with flea, lice and tick protection with their Seresto collars.

Search dog Ziggy attended the UCD Veterinary Hospital Conference last weekend as a guest of Bayer Ireland. Bayer supports the Search and Rescue Dog Association Ireland search dogs by providing them with flea, lice and tick protection with their Seresto collars. ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday 13th July 2019, 16:12

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Look out for some familiar faces throughout this series.

Kerry Climbing
Great to hear that RESCUE - River Deep Mountain High has been scheduled to show on ITV starting Friday 26th July at 8 pm

It had started previously on Virgin Media but was postponed so it's good to see now scheduled for the full series on ITV

Our own local Kerry Mountain Rescue Team took part and the first episode shows the challenging conditions the team often work in, you might even recognize a familiar face ! 😉

Rescue follows the exploits of both Ireland and the UK’s voluntary rescue services in some of the most stunning landscapes these islands have to offer. With fantastic access to Mountain Rescue teams, Marine River Rescue Units and the Coast Guard services, this series follows the brave volunteers and workers who save lives in rivers, on mountains and on the sea.

Each program encompasses stories from all of the services, where fantastic action is interspersed with personal interviews and magnificent landscape vistas, and follows the stories of the teams as they set out to rescue people in perilous situations. Rescue will provide an insight into the
vital work of these voluntary rescue teams, and will demonstrate the incredible bravery of these selfless men and women.
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