Sunday 22nd May 2022, 19:05
Another chance to meet SARDA dogs and lots more!Come visit South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association and Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) members at the Garda Centenary Year Open Day at Waterford Garda Station on Bank Holiday Monday the 6th June from 1pm to 4pm. With An Garda Síochána, Little Blue Heroes, Irish Coast Guard, Waterford City Fire Service, Waterford City River Rescue CRBI, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, National Ambulance Service (NAS) and Waterford City Civil Defence.
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Sunday 22nd May 2022, 17:18
SARDA Ireland members in Galway had the pleasure of hosting Samantha from the Animal Friendly podcast. We talked about air scenting and trailing dogs, how they are trained, and how they work in real life searches.
Samantha got first hand experience of bodying or hiding for our dogs and got to see how much our dogs enjoy the game of searching!
Make sure to keep an eye out for the episode on www.animalfriendly.earth/ ... See MoreSee Less
Fantastic! Well done 👍
Loved my years of bodying before becoming a dog handler. Great to get the updates from the old country.
Really interesting morning, and great craic too! Ye are all lovely - I'd highly recommend being a dogsbody! 🐕🦺
Saturday 21st May 2022, 12:37
If you’re out and about in Carrick on Shannon, come visit the Gardaí open day where SARDA Ireland search dog Bailey and handler Audrey are in attendance ... See MoreSee Less
Hi 👋 Bailey 🙂 🐾
Tuesday 3rd May 2022, 22:29
📣 Check out our latest newly qualified search adog teams!
Over the last few days, SARDA Ireland held an assessment weekend in Wicklow!
🎉 Our newest air-scenting teams are Sean and his dog Ben and Jean and her dog Trakr! 🎉
All of the dog teams were put through their paces in difficult search areas and a variety of weather conditions. We had 5 external assessors visiting from various UK Mountain Rescue and National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) teams.
Our search dog teams are highly specialised. They are capable of understanding how terrain and environmental conditions can affect the movement of human scent in the air, and they are capable of reading the smallest changes in the behaviour of their dog when they are searching for missing people. These skills make search dog teams an invaluable asset in any missing person search. Their ability to use human scent to detect missing persons cannot be replicated by any other means, - they are effective both night and day, across open land and through dense gorse or forrestry, and in a variety of weather conditions!
For example, during their assessments, our search dog teams found 3 people who were well hidden in over 60 acres of mountainside, all within 2 hours!
SARDA Ireland currently have 10 qualified air-scenting search dog teams on the callout list; this is easily the largest number of qualified handlers we have ever had on the callout list at one time since our beginning in 1987!
These teams are scattered across Ireland and are ready to respond to missing person calls 24/7 365.
And that’s not all, we have another group preparing for assessments in the Autumn, so it won’t be long until we have more good news to share!
Thank you to everyone who took part in our assessment weekend, especially to the external and internal assessors, and our wonderful dogs bodies who spent the day playing hide and seek on the hill!
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Proud moment to see Jean and Sean qualify at the weekend. It’s a long hard road of relentless training to achieve this high standard. I look forward to the two others who’s qualifications are on the horizon. Good luck with your job of bringing missing people home to their families.
Well done Jean Ryan and the very best of luck
Well done everyone...great achievement
Congratulations Jean Ryan Jean, and Trakr too of course! I can only imagine how much time and effort was involved. Amazing what you can all do👏👏👏
All the hard work paid off, well done Jean and Séan 🙌
Woo Hoo Jean!! Nicely done!
Well done to all the volunteers giving their time to train the dogs to help others in their time of need.
Just wonderful 👏. Congratulations to all humans and canines ☺. Such amazing partnerships. Thank you. 🙏
Brilliant!! Well done all 👏
Truly a remarkable gift from God. God Bless them and of course their wonderful and special handlers. Mega Congratulations 👏 👏
Congratulations to all.
Omg brilliant news congratulations to them both
Well done to everyone. 👍🐶💕
Well done lads an girls😂👏
Jean Ryan, I am delighted for you!! Well done to you & Trakr 👏👏
Congratulations to the new recruits and their handlers 🎉🎊
Such an important service, well done, having been rescued myself (UK) after a fall from a horse I know how invaluable you are
Congratulations everyone 👏🏻
Hi, how does one get in touch to see if their dog is suitable for training
Fantastic achievement to both handlers and dogs 🐕 well done to you all 🎉🎉🎉
Fair play done to the volunteers giving their time to train the dogs to help others in their time of need. Keep up the great work .
Well done and congratulations to all🐾🏆
Friday 15th April 2022, 12:50
Another day, another callout!
Thankfully the missing person was found safe and well shortly after the callout was initiated!
Happy Easter everyone! 🐥 ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday 13th April 2022, 10:25
SARDA Ireland we’re tasked by An Garda Síochána to a missing person search in Co. Tipperary in the last 30 minutes. Thankfully, as our dog teams were preparing to leave their homes and work, the missing person was located and SARDA Ireland were stood down. ... See MoreSee Less
Well done to sarda !
Saturday 9th April 2022, 19:27
SARDA Ireland would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Stephen Cunningham, who was sadly recovered after an extensive 5 month search in Co. Galway. Rest in Peace. ... See MoreSee Less
Condolences to his family and friends and well done to all involved in the search to bring him home to his family. May he rest in peace..
Well done everyone involved 👏👏🙏🙏 family can have him home Now may he rest in peace 🙏🙏 condolences to all the family 🙏🙏
So very sad. Condolences to his family and friends.
Thinking of Stephen's family and his pals.
Condolences to family, Rest In peace.
So sad, RIP
So sad . Rip
5 months gone, Bless all around Stephen.
Saturday 2nd April 2022, 12:04
Some good advice from Donegal Mountain Rescue Team for anyone heading on the hills today.
Take it easy, don’t push yourself too hard, and enjoy the day! 🌟Tomorrow, 2nd April, is the day the country takes to the hills in support of Climb with Charlie.
Mountaineering Ireland have detailed safety advice on their website so as to allow everyone to have a safe and positive experience tomorrow. Please visit their website and read their advice.
Here at DMRT, we ask that anyone heading for the hills tomorrow to please do so safely and as prepared as possible. Make sure you understand and are familiar with the route you are taking and that it is the appropriate hike/walk to match your level of fitness.
The weather has been very changeable this week, from sunny spells to snow showers, so make sure to check the weather forecast before setting out.
If you are crossing farmland, please be aware that Spring is an active time of year within the farm community. Please be mindful of animals and perhaps leave your dogs at home unless on a dog friendly path, in which case we would recommend keeping them secured on a lead.
Covid-19 is also still very much among us. Please keep this in mind and be mindful of others while out in our beautiful countryside.
Have a wonderful day tomorrow and stay safe. ... See MoreSee Less
Monday 21st March 2022, 15:09
🌟🌟 GOOD NEWS!!! 🌟🌟
SARDA Ireland held the first 2022 assessment for air-scenting dogs this weekend in Wicklow and we are pleased to announce that all 4 dogs passed their assessments!!
Congratulations to novice search dog teams Audrey and Bailey for passing their first novice search dog assessment! 🥳 Audrey is based in Co. Mayo and is now one of two SARDA Ireland qualified dog teams in the west!
Congratulations to novice search dog team Winnie and Flame for passing their first novice search dog assessment! 🥳 Winnie is also part of South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, where her and Flame will contribute to the already strong group of search dog handlers in the team.
Congratulations to Sean and Cody who passed their novice assessment also; Sean has been on the callout list since 2021 following internal assessments during Covid (they had a dog find last year too!). Sean is also a part of SEMRA and he has responded to many callouts with SEMRA.
Congratulations to Martina and Ella for passing their full grade dog assessment! Martina and Ella have been on the callout list since 2020. Martina is part of Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue where she has already responded to multiple callouts with Ella!
There are almost too many people to thank…
Thanks to the dog teams who qualified for their many years of hard work and dedication, it is not easy to train and qualify a search dog and it’s not for everyone, but these 4 teams have put the hard work in!
Thank you to the families of the sesrch dog teams, and all the families of all SARDA dog handlers. The support that you provide enables us to have qualified search dogs around the country, ready to help find missing people at a moments notice!
Thank you to our amazing external assessors that travelled over from National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA), Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales), Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team, and Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team. Our external assessors ensure that the dog teams are working to the required standards set out by NSARDA and that each dog team is capable of responding to missing person searches.
Thank you to our amazing internal assessors from SARDA Ireland. These people have dedicated years of hard work to the organisation and they are the reason we are here today!
Thank you to our amazing Dogs Bodies who hid out on the hill for hours each day while each search dog team worked the area. They are truly the heart of the organisation, without them there would be nobody to find!
Thank you to our brilliant Training Officer Gerry Tobin for all of his hard work and effort. As Training Officer, Gerry’s role is to make sure that all our qualified and trainee handlers are supported in their training and ensure that we continue to adhere to NSARDA standards.
Thank you to our wonderful secretary Martina for all her hard work in organising the assessment weekend and our national trainings. Thank you to the committee for their support throughout the assessment weekend. Thank you to the entire SARDA Ireland team for working together to create such a fantastic group of people! Since our first year in 1987 we have grown from strength to strength and we’re not stopping here!
And guess what, we have another assessment weekend coming up next month! 🌟 ... See MoreSee Less
Huge Congrats to all !! Well done on such a successful weekend everyone.
Congratulations to all the new members. 🐕🤩👍🏻
Congratulations to all and well done!! 👏❤️🐕
Great news, well done all!
Well done to all the newly qualified dogs, their handlers and all of the fantastic team who supported you all the way. Now the hard work, the late nights, the loneliness, the excitement, the sadness, the magic and the real satisfaction truly begins. Hard earned by you all, women, men and dogs. Stay strong and stay safe and I wish you many successful finds along your future journey. We are proud to be associated to you.
Congratulations all well done
Massive congrats to Martina, Sean, Audrey and Winnie again. A mighty achievement. 💪🏻 Big thanks also to Edelle who does such a superb job in running this page and the general PR stuff for SARDA. So much work goes on behind the scenes, all on voluntary basis.
YAY!!! 👏 Strong work everyone!! Wish I could have come over to cheer you all on in person but your USA fan club is mighty proud!
brilliant news, well done all👏
Well done all!
Well done 🙂
Monday 14th February 2022, 17:53
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Sunday 30th January 2022, 16:23
We can finally reveal the good news! MAXI ZOO IRELAND raised over €28,000 for our charity as part of their Friendship Connects Bracelet campaign.
We are so thankful for every single person who bought a bracelet and supported the cause. We are go grateful to Maxi Zoo Ireland for selecting us. 😍 This is the biggest donation we ever received, and we are totally blown away.
The money raised will help our charity to respond to more searches for missing persons, and train even more search dog teams. 🐕
Thank you to everyone for all your support! 🌟Thank you 😍 We are delighted that our customers generosity has helped us to raise €28,381.56 through our Friendship Connects Campaign for The National Search and Rescue Dog Association Ireland (SARDA).
The Search and Rescue Dog Association Ireland (SARDA) is a voluntary emergency organization that trains and deploys Air Scenting Search and Rescue Dogs to search for missing persons. The charity’s dog teams, which consist of a handler and their dog, are tasked by An Garda Siochana, the Civil Defence, Irish Mountain Rescue, Red Cross, Coast Guard etc. to search mountains, woodlands, rural and urban areas, waterways as well as the seashore to locate accident or disaster victims.
Rescue dogs come from a wide range of breeds and are trained in a variety of behaviours. Just one dog can do the work of 50 human searchers. Search and Rescue Dogs play a vital role in search and rescue missions and are invaluable when it comes to finding lost and trapped victims.
Funding is hugely important to ensuring adequate training is acquired for the search and rescue dog and their handler. A proficient SAR dog needs lots of training, starting with basic obedience skills. Then search and rescue dogs learn how to track, signal their handlers, and behave appropriately in stressful situations. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations, well deserved 👍👏
Saturday 8th January 2022, 14:26
We’re out and about in Cork! If you see us, be sure to come pet our search dogs! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you everyone for your kind donations! We will be keeping our Facebook donations link open for the rest of the weekend 😊
Apologies lads was hoping to get in to see ye but isolating unfortunately
Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) checked in to Paul Street Shopping Centre
Saturday 8th January 2022, 11:35
Come meet Cassu, a trainee air-scenting search dog outside Paul Street Shopping Centre 🐶 ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday 8th January 2022, 10:54
Today is our collection day! Please consider donating, Facebook Donate will accept as little as €4 and all other goes directly to our charity 🙌🏻
Please also share this post with your friends 🗣 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you everyone for your kind donations! Every euro raised will go towards helping our charity continue to train and deploy search dogs!
Friday 7th January 2022, 15:26
Our 2022 Street Collection Day is on tomorrow in Cork City!🥳 Come along to Patrick Street to meet our dogs and handlers and donate to our charity!🐾
This year, we have had to downsize on our normal fundraising activities due to covid. However, we hope that the power of social media will be able to make up for it! If you would like to donate to our charity, please click donate below! Any amount makes a big difference! 😍
Please also like and share this post with your friends, it goes a long way towards spreading the word!🙌 ... See MoreSee Less
Mountain Rescue Ireland National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) Search & Rescue County Clare - Ireland Galway Bay FM Emergency Times
Saturday 25th December 2021, 14:14
A very merry Christmas to all our followers! Thank you to everyone for your support in 2021, it’s been a busy year, but as ever, we are glad we can help.
We hope you all have a safe Christmas 🎅🏼
Here is Blue, doing her very best to stay still for her pawtrait, but her puppy ways got the better of her. I think we can all agree that she is cute though! ... See MoreSee Less
Merry Christmas guys stay safe and I hope ye all have a lovely Christmas
Happy Christmas to all of you ❤️
Merry Christmas 🎄 doggies 🐾
Sunday 5th December 2021, 14:00
Today is International Volunteers Day 🥳 But there are more to thank than you might think!
SARDA Ireland have an amazing team of search dogs and handlers that respond to missing person searches across Ireland. 🙌🏻
We have multiple prospective and trainee dog teams that are working their way through training. 💪🏻
We have the best Dogs Bodies ever, who hide for our dogs during training. 🤟🏻
We have amazing support from Mountain Rescue Ireland and National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) who provide training standards, insurances and everything else that’s needed to keep the charity going. 👏🏼
These are all volunteers, nobody is paid in these roles, and they all spend countless hours ensuring that SARDA Ireland continue to provide the best service that we can. We have been around since 1987, we are the longest standing search dog group in Ireland, and we hope that we can continue to provide this service for years to come! 🤞🏻
We have the best supporters: the public are incredibly kind and their donations ensure that we can continue to provide a specialised and high-standard search dog service to the people of Ireland. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
We are also very kindly supported by local landowners, Coillte, National Parks and Wildlife Service, NUI Galway and many others who provide training areas for us. 👏🏼
When a call comes in that someone is missing and we deploy a search dog team, it’s thanks to everyone above, and plenty of other people that I’ve forgotten to mention, that we are able to respond.
It’s not only a team effort, but it’s a national effort 💪🏻
Thank you everyone! 🙌🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
It's Loki! 🥰
Sunday 5th December 2021, 13:25
Tune into Clare FMs Atlantic Tales this evening from 5pm to hear about SARDA and other search groups talking about what it’s like to be involved in search and rescueJoin Pat Flynn this Sunday evening at 6 o’clock on Clare FM for Atlantic Tales when he’ll be celebrating International Volunteers Day with members of some of Clare’s search, rescue and recovery organisations. Bunratty Search & Rescue Irish Cave Rescue Organisation - ICRO RNLI Lough Derg Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) #InternationalVolunteerDay ... See MoreSee Less
Friday 3rd December 2021, 12:07
Join Pat Flynn this Sunday evening at 6 o’clock on Clare FM for Atlantic Tales when he’ll be celebrating International Volunteers Day with members of some of Clare’s search, rescue and recovery organisations. Bunratty Search & Rescue Irish Cave Rescue Organisation - ICRO RNLI Lough Derg Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) #InternationalVolunteerDay ... See MoreSee Less
Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) is in Galway, Ireland.
Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 10:00
Last weekend, SARDA Ireland held the November National Training Weekend in Oughterard and Galway City.
It was a great weekend filled with lots of learning opportunities for our trainee air-scenting and trailing dog teams.
Our trainee trailing dog teams had the added benefit of having experienced dog handlers, Tim and Ester Sherlock, visiting us from Search and Rescue Dog Association SARDA Wales. SARDA Ireland is very glad to have this link with SARDA Wales as it has enabled us to develop trailing dogs in Ireland. It is all thanks to being part of National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA), an umbrella organisation for Search Dogs in the UK, Isle of Man and Ireland.
SARDA Ireland would especially like to thank NUI Galway for the use of campus grounds and Coillte for the use of Galway Wind Park for our trailing dog training areas. These areas provided the opportunity for our trailing dog teams to work in a mixture of terrains and environments. ... See MoreSee Less
Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 0:04
SARDA Ireland have had a busy weekend responding to 3 separate callouts in Co. Galway, Co. Wexford and Co. Cork. In addition to this, we also had out national training weekend, which we will cover in a later post. Details of this weekend's callouts are as follows:
SARDA Ireland have continued to respond to the ongoing search in the Maam Cross area of Co. Galway. Air scenting dog team Jarlath and Syd responded in the initial days of the search, and this weekend air scenting dog team Louise and Lyla continued to search bogland, forestry and along abandoned railway tracks. Trainee dog handlers Edelle and Jean also provided support to the air scenting dog teams. The search is ongoing for the last 2 weeks.
SARDA Ireland was tasked by AGS on Friday November 19th to a search for a missing male in Rosslare area of Co. Wexford.
Air scenting dog team Gerry and Fia resopnded and searched various areas including coastline and semi-urban areas.
SARDA Ireland was tasked by AGS on Sunday November 21st to a search for a missing male in Co. Cork. Air scenting dog team Louise and Lyla were en-route after completing their search areas at the ongoing missing person search in Co. Galway when the missing person was located by Cork City Civil Defence. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam ... See MoreSee Less
Ye do such great work!!
Thank you for all the work u do .
Ye and the dogs 🐕 do a marvellous job
Thursday 11th November 2021, 21:03
** CALLOUT **
SARDA Ireland are assisting Garda Síochána Western Region in the search for a missing person in the Maam Cross area.
SARDA Air Scenting team Jarlath and Syd searched for 2 days on the 11th and 12th of November.
More SARDA dog teams will be searching this weekend.
Other agencies in attendance:
Galway Mountain Rescue Team
Galway Civil Defence
Cleggan Coast Guard
Costelloe Bay Coast Guard
Mayo Civil Defence
AGS Water Unit
Inland Fisheries Ireland ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday 4th November 2021, 21:52
SARDA Ireland and Galway Mountain Rescue Team are just home from visiting the Beavers in the Renmore Scout Group.
The kids were full of great questions, and qualified air scenting dog Syd and trainee trailing dogs Shadow and Jessie got lots and lots of attention from the Beavers!
We also got the loveliest card and donation from the Beavers, thank you so much for supporting us! ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday 31st October 2021, 12:08
Interested in saving lives on the mountains?
We are now accepting applications for our 2022 Aspirant Membership Programme. If you think you have what it takes to navigate and stay safe on remote upland mountainous terrain, then we want to hear from you!
Closing date for applications is Friday, 31st December 2021. Programme kick-off early to mid-January 2022.
Apply Now: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4d2gwRpRVt72T540gP5WFL1vuvmLUVppiVoQDTcYFnsQ2Uw/viewform
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Monday 18th October 2021, 23:18
Wow, well done them! 😍Fabulous article in @Citylifelichfield
Thank you so much 😊
#greenark1216 #petshoprugeley #rugeleyshops #petshop #staffordshiresearchandrescue #staffordshiresearchandrescueteam #staffordshiresearch #dogtraining #dogtrainersofinstagram #citylifelichfield #citylifelichfiel ... See MoreSee Less
Monday 18th October 2021, 19:21
Check out some photos from last weekend’s National Training in Tipperary!
Tipperary Tourism MAXI ZOO IRELAND Mountaineering Ireland Mountain Rescue Ireland National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday 13th October 2021, 12:16
MMRT 2021 Recruitment Campaign
We are currently accepting applications for new probationary members from people who are actively involved in hillwalking and mountain activities. We need adults (over the age of 21) of all capabilities, skills and talents.
The application form can be downloaded from our website at mayomountainrescue.ie/contact/who-can-join-how-3
Completed Application forms can be posted to:
Recruitment, Mayo Mountain Rescue HQ, Pinewoods, Westport, Co. Mayo, F28 HX27
Email applications can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is Friday 12th November 2021. ... See MoreSee Less
Friday 1st October 2021, 16:39
SARDA Ireland are proud to announce that MAXI ZOO IRELAND have selected us for their Friendship Connects 2021 campaign! 🐕
Money from each bracelet, bought from now until the end of the year, will be donated to our charity. The money raised will help us respond to missing person searches across Ireland and train our up and coming search dogs.
The bracelets are available from your nearest Maxi Zoo store.
Please share this news far and wide so that we can spread the good news! 🤩🤩 ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday 30th September 2021, 13:37
Ireland's first (and only) female winchman works as with Rescue 117 based in Waterford Airport. Here's what Sarah had to say about joining CHC Helicopter Ireland & Rescue 117. "A few years ago, when I heard they were doing recruitments, I went for it. The process is very thorough and they leave no stone unturned in assessing if you’re able for the work. CHC are quite proactive making opportunities available to women and encouraging women to apply for this kind of work."
Thank you to Sarah and all of the women across SAR for their dedication to saving lives.
You can show Sarah your support during #helisarweek by liking, commenting or sharing this post to help us raise money for Search and Rescue charities including RNLI and @Mountain Rescue Ireland.
Sarah's Story in the Independent: bit.ly/FemaleWinchman ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday 30th September 2021, 9:41
Hard to believe that it’s four years since we lost our dear friend and beloved teammate Kevin.
He is remembered by all of us at DWMRT today and everyday. His positivity and joy left a lasting impression on anyone lucky enough to have known him.
Kevin Hallahan, Wicklow 5.6, still on the hill. ... See MoreSee Less
Stay save and thank you for your service.
Wednesday 29th September 2021, 12:47
Bonzo, an ex-trainee search dog from the late 2000's, passed away this earlier this week at the age of 15. Bonzo was a super dog who loved the game of searching for our Dogs Bodies.
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Sorry for your loss
Thank you for your service Bonzo. Sorry for your loss 💔❤
Sleep well Bonzo xx
Thank you for your service. RIP Bonzo. Rest those paws 😥
RIP Bonzo enjoy the other side of the rainbow bridge with your brothers and sisters!!!
RIP Bonzo xxx
Run high and free Bonzo. Sorry for your loss. X
So sorry to hear about Bonzo
Fly high Bonzo🌈🐾❤
Aw I'm so sorry for your loss ❤😥
Sleep peacefully beautiful Bonzo. 💔
Sorry to hear that. 😪
Stand down Bonzo your shift is done😥
Tuesday 28th September 2021, 18:14
A big 'Thank You' to Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA) members Mick and Eadaoin with Ziggy the dog, for the demonstration and talk they gave my B.Sc. Environmental Science & Climate students while we were on University Fieldwork in the Galty Mountain area.
SARDA helps in the search and rescue of missing persons on the hills or wherever they may be.
No one receives any payment for their work with SARDA, all are volunteers who give of their time freely.
You can read more and make a donation here: sardaireland.com/
Photo: Mick (SADRA Dog Handler) Ziggy (the sausage-powered rescue dog) Mike Maunsell and Eadaoin (SARDA Dog Handler) ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday 23rd September 2021, 10:40
SARDA Ireland would like to say thank you very much to The Dog Lady and all who were involved in organising an Open Day in Dungarvan which raised an amazing €730 for our charity on the day along with some additional donations online, bringing the total to €750!
The money raised will help us continue to respond to missing person searches across Ireland, and train the future search dogs of SARDA Ireland.
Míle buíochas agus madraí maithe! ... See MoreSee Less
Katie McCausland show Matt.
Thursday 23rd September 2021, 10:33
Sunday 12th September 2021, 19:48
It’s been another year, and we continue to miss Caitríona on our hills. As we finished off our September National Training Weekend this afternoon, we had Caitríona and her family in our thoughts. 🐾We at SARDA Ireland are remembering our friend and colleague Caitríona Lucas today.
Four years ago, Caitríona responded to a callout with her fellow Coast Guard volunteers to assist in a search off the Co. Clare coast. During this operation, Caitríona tragically lost her life.
Caitríona was also a member of SARDA Ireland, where alongside her dog Zac, she dedicated so much time to not just one rescue organisation, but two. Together, they were a qualified dog team for 7 years and responded to many SARDA callouts.
Go Maridís Beo ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
A wonderful lady ❤. Sending you all hugs at this very sad time.❤.Those we lose aren't far away. They walk beside us every day. I'm sure Catriona is always there minding and guiding you. 🙏❤
A lovely lady to talk to, and work with. Rest in piece Caitriona
So others may live- RIP Caitriona
May she Rest in peace 🙏 X ❤️
Thank you Caitriona RIP
Wednesday 8th September 2021, 15:17
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Ah wow, what a most fantastic thing to do. Human kindness and community at its best. Well done everybody who made this happen. So lovely.❤
nooooo team, this is the OPPOSITE of what you normally do! 😅
Love it ❤
Love this ❤️
Wow that’s just wonderful 🥰
Just Wonderful 🌻
Monday 6th September 2021, 22:43
SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána earlier today to search for a vulnerable missing child. Thankfully, as 2 of our dog teams were getting ready to respond, the missing child was located safe and well. ... See MoreSee Less
That's great news, well done to all involved 👏👏
Saturday 4th September 2021, 16:12
Always great to do things like this 👍🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday 26th August 2021, 18:36
Happy International Dog Day! 🐾🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
All dogs are amazing.🐕 I didn't see Lyla???.🤔
Beautiful photo's 💚🥰🐶🐕🐶🐕
Beautiful dogs! Doing amazing work.👏👏
Friday 20th August 2021, 18:37
Additional details from Callout 17, well done to Mayo Mountain Rescue Team and all other agencies for their professionalism throughout the search.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. ... See MoreSee Less
Friday 20th August 2021, 10:47
** 𝗖𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝟭𝟴 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗗𝗢𝗚 𝗙𝗜𝗡𝗗 **
𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗱𝘆.
Well done to Sean and Cody on their first find since becoming operational last year. This is a tremendous achievement for them and it is well deserved after their many years of dedication to the team. It is great to get such a positive result.
Sean and Cody were accompanied by a member of Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery, we would like to thank them for their assistance.
SARDA Ireland have been tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist in a missing person search in the Tipperary area. Dog Teams Sean and Cody, and Gerry and Fia are responding. Details to follow. ... See MoreSee Less
Great job Sean and Gerry. Proud of SARDA this week.
Nicely done, Sean & Cody! Congrats!
Best of luck to the team in such a nasty day ☔️
Very well done, Sean and Cody!
Well done Sean.
Da iawn ! From Wales!👍
That's great news
Great work guys
Hopefully all goes well stay safe
Best of luck to All,,Stay safe and please God person will be found safe n well🙏
Wishing them a good outcome, hope all goes well.
Best of Luck
Stay safe and hopefully all goes well.
Good luck guys
Stay safe 🙏
Good luck to all involved
Hopefully they are found 🙏
Wednesday 18th August 2021, 9:14
UPDATE: The missing person was sadly located deceased and subsequently recovered from the mountain. SARDA Ireland would like to offer our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.
SARDA Ireland are assisting Mayo Mountain Rescue in the ongoing search for a missing hiker on Mweelrea. The person, aged in his 30s, has been missing since Monday afternoon.
Dog teams Mick and Ziggy, Louise and Lyla and Gerry and Fia are searching today, with more dog teams on standby to assist.
Other agencies involved:
Galway Mountain Rescue Team
Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team
Cleggan Coast Guard
An Garda Síochána
South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association
RNLI Clifden Lifeboats
Galway Civil Defence
Mayo Civil Defence
Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team
Westport Coast Guard ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you everyone for your kind words, a sad outcome unfortunately, but we are always glad of your support.
Stay safe Michael, Ziggy and all the different search and rescue teams. Hope he is found.
Take care....that mountain is lethal.
May he rest in peace thank you to all the rescuers 🙏
Thank you all for your efforts in difficult circumstances
Let's hope for a good outcome, that's an awful place to search , stay safe
Thank god for the dog team and all the services who had this hard and sad job over the last few days.
Stay safe Michael, Ziggy and all the search and rescue teams. Hope he is found.
A sad outcome Our condolence to his family May he Rest In Peace
Ádh mór,Bless you all that do this work and especially the Dogs💖❤🙏
🙏. Stay safe
Please god he's found safe 🙏 😢
Please god he found soon.
Sunday 15th August 2021, 14:34
SARDA Ireland members will be lighting a candle and sending our best wishes to Damian, his family, and all at SARDA Wales, we hope that Damian’s condition improves.Last week one of our Handlers; Damian, was seriously injured whilst out cycling. Whilst the circumstances of what happened are unclear, he remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to him, his wife and their family. There is little any of us can do at this time, but we are all desperate for news of his condition improving.
Tonight, (Sunday 15th) at 6pm we are collectively lighting a candle and having a small dram of single malt whisky (Damian’s favourite tipple) to send our combined thoughts, prayers, best wishes for a good recovery for Damian.
If you wish to join us, please feel free to post comments or pictures below. Thank you.
Chairman SARDA Wales ... See MoreSee Less
Sending our positive thoughts and wishes
Tim. Sending our best wishes to Damian, his family and our SARDA Wales friends from across the pond. 🙏🏼
Healing virtue from throne of grace be his I pray in Jesus name
Sending best wishes from Ireland
Healing thoughts surrounding you, Damian.
Best Wishes for a speedy recovery. You are in my Prayers.
Sending very best wishes for a full recovery.
Sending good thoughts your way.
Thank you 🤞❤️🐾🐾
Prays for damian and his family hope he makes a full recovery soon 🙏
Monday 2nd August 2021, 15:27
Over the last few days, SARDA Ireland held a national trailing training weekend had the absolute pleasure of having Tim Sherlock from Search and Rescue Dog Association SARDA Wales visiting to assess how our trainee trailing dogs were progressing.
SARDA Wales are a centre of excellence when it comes to trailing and this was evident from the excellent feedback that was given to each of our trainee handlers.
We started early on the Saturday morning, where Tim observed each dog team set up and carry out a run at their current training stage. After each run, the handler was given feedback by Tim. As the day progressed, each dog team had multiple runs, where they put the advice they were given into practice, with great progress being made all around. One of our trainee trailing dog teams, Jarlath and Shadow had their first 3 person line up, which is one of the final scent discrimination stages that a dog has to pass. Shadow took to the new stage like a duck to water and aced every run. After a busy day, the team headed off for a well earned dinner.
Sunday morning held a different start to the day. While travelling to the training area, a number of team members came across a medical emergency which required our assistance. With a wide range of medical skills, from first aid right up to paramedic, our members were able to provide a high level of care until the National Ambulance Service (NAS) arrived on scene.
Once we arrived to the training area, the team sat down, held a debrief over a cup of tea, and had a chat about the events of the morning. After a rest, we got back to training, and continued in a similar format to the previous day.
As Jarlath and Shadow continued to ace every 3 person line up, they progressed into blind runs, to test the dogs ability. After 3 successful consecutive runs, Jarlath and Shadow were signed off on the final scent discrimination stages, and moved on to the trailing stages. This test is a big deal for trainee trailing dog teams, and Jarlath and Shadow are the first Irish trainee dog team to progress to this stage. Not only is it a huge achievement for them, but also for the entire SARDA Ireland team! (See photo below of the very first trail for SARDA Ireland)
We would like to sincerely thank Tim and SARDA Wales, supported by National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA), for the excellent training opportunity, the weekend was filled with non-stop learning and progress. We would also like to thank the landowner who graciously provided several large fields for the training weekend, we really appreciate their support. ... See MoreSee Less
Way to go Jarlath and Shadow!!! Congratulations 👏
Congrats Ja and Shadow, well done!!!
Great team Jarlath & Shadow - excellent.
Fantastic achievement Jarlath & Shadow🐶🐾
What a great team Jarlath and Shadow!
Great work Jarlath & Shadow 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Well done Jarlath Shadow and everyone in SARDA
Well done Jarlath and Shadow! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
Congrats jarlath and shadow
Hon Ja & Shadow! Maith sibh!
Well done Jarlath and Shadow.
Well done Jarlath and Shadow!! Great achievement!! 👏👏👏
Well done Jarlath and Shadow!
Well done Jarlath and shadow and all SARDA
Well done Jarlath and Shadow🐕👏
Well done Jarlath and Shadow, great team👍
Well don Jarlath & Shadow 👏👏
Congrats Jarlath & Shadow
Well done Jarlath and Shadow. Great achievement 👏👏
Well done Jarlath and shadow
Congratulations Jarlath & Shadow well done
👏Jarlath and Shadow. 💙
Well done Jarlath & Shadow 👏👏👏👏
Well done Jarlath and Shadow
Monday 26th July 2021, 18:55
Get snappin’ 📸 ... See MoreSee Less
A bad idea this, apparently it makes it easier for scumbags to choose dogs if they’re going robbing!!
How do I post a photo ?
Tuesday 20th July 2021, 15:16
During this hot weather, we would like to thank our parent organisation National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) for these Ruffwear cooling jackets. They do a great job of keeping our dogs cool!
Remember, it’s just too hot to be walking or exercising your dog during the day! Stick to very early in the morning or late at night, when it is coolest! ... See MoreSee Less
Bracken has one of these Ruffwear cooling jackets. It does help keep him cool 😎
Wednesday 7th July 2021, 16:53
SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána last Monday to assist in the search for a missing lady in the Mayfield area of Co. Cork. Dog teams Mick and Ziggy, and Gerry and Fia responded to the search with other dog teams on standby.
Thankfully the missing person was located safe and well. ... See MoreSee Less
Well done! Visit to my love daughter Pauliina. Koirus s` teatcher.
Well done to all concerned 👍🏻
Monday 28th June 2021, 21:09
** Callout 15 **
SARDA were tasked by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to look for a missing person last Friday morning at 05:20 in an upland area of Clonmel. Handler Gerry with search dog Fia responded and we’re on site within 20 minutes. Fia begun searching and ended up finding a member of An Garda Síochána, just as they found the missing person!
SARDA are glad to assist An Garda Síochána and our fellow Mountain Rescue Ireland teams in searches across Ireland. With qualified handlers located across the country, we are never far away when the shout comes. ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday 27th June 2021, 19:51
Photos from Mountain Rescue Ireland's post ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday 20th June 2021, 12:29
Here is another one of our other newest Green Tag teams, Tom Mac Namee and Cassu! They passed their Green Tag assessment a few months ago, as you can tell from the snow in the photo!
Lets congratulate them by liking and commenting, and spread the word by sharing the post! 🐾💪🏻🐕 ... See MoreSee Less
Brilliant Tom! I had no idea you were doing this (should have). love this mate, well done!
Lovely photo Tom
Congratulations Tom fair play to you,you put a lot time into it so deserve this
Well done Tom. Great work.
Congratulations Tom ❤️
Congratulations! That’s amazing.
What a team!👍
Congratulations to you both👏👏
Well done and thank you both.
Friday 18th June 2021, 14:31
Say hello to one of our newest Green Tag teams, Jack and Loki! They passed their Green Tag assessment a while back, and are well on their way to getting their Red Tag and becoming operational!
Why not congratulate them by liking, commenting and sharing 🥰🎉🇮🇪🐕 ... See MoreSee Less
Here is Loki today, after all that hiking, he just wants to play ball! 🥰
Well done to you both. A great service to provide😁🐶
Well done and thank you both. 🥰
Congratulations Jack and Loki, well done.
That's amazing. Well done
Congrats Loki and Jack 🎉🎂☕️🎉
Check out some photos and clips from today and yesterday, it’s great to be back at National Training Weekends! ... See MoreSee Less
Check out some photos from today and yesterday at our National Training Weekend! ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday 12th June 2021, 22:42
SARDA Ireland are training this weekend in Lough Mohra! See some photos taken by Audrey with trainee air-scenting dog Bailey! Aren’t they amazing! 🙌🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
Saw them training again this morning the patience of the trainer was unbelievable and the dog came good n found the target. Brilliant people and dogs
I'm one tired pup tonight🥱😴😴
Keep up the good work Bailey.... Lucky you getting to go to all the lovely places while training
Saturday 12th June 2021, 19:59
Tuesday 8th June 2021, 23:52
Tuesday 8th June 2021, 10:04
Sarda Wales trailing handlers are our mentors for the Irish trailing dog training programme. We wish them well on their search over in Wales, and hope that the missing gentleman is found safe and well. ... See MoreSee Less
Good luck. My prayers are with ye.
Tuesday 8th June 2021, 8:57
** CALLOUT 14 **
SARDA Ireland was tasked by An Garda Síochána at the weekend to assist in the search for a missing person in the Galway City area. Air scenting dog team Jarlath and Syd responded and searched over a number of days.
Sadly, the missing person was recovered yesterday. Sarda Ireland would like to offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Other agencies involved:
Garda Síochána Western Region
Galway Civil Defence
Mayo Civil Defence
Galway Mountain Rescue Team ... See MoreSee Less