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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👍

Well done 👍

Congratulations to everyone 👏

Well done guys ye are amazing.

💞🙏

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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)
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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.

Thank you all for your continued invaluable service 💔

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

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

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
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

Condolences to family and friends and keep going Sarda

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

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???

Well ware guys nice job

Looks great !

Nice

Best of luck with it it looks great

Good luck 🍀 with the new Jeep 🚙

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Tuesday 15th October 2019, 17:57

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
**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.

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

Well done to all involved! RIP to the deceased

Well done Louise and Lyla, sad outcome RIP

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

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

Well done Louise Burgoyne and Lyla. Condolences to the family

Well done all, RIP.

Great work. Sad news. Rip

Rip sad news great work by the rescue teams

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

Well done 🐾

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Monday 14th October 2019, 21:21

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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

So sad!

Rip and condolences

Rip

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

Michael Moran

RIP

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Monday 7th October 2019, 18:50

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
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.

#MissingPerson #Cork #PleaseShare
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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

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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

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

So proud of you all. Well done

You are all wonderful

Friday 6th September 2019, 18:11

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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

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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 .

Congrats to all the rescue services involved.

Well done Lou and Lyla! <3

Well done everyone 👋

Well done to you all.

Well done all

Well done

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Monday 26th August 2019, 16:14

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‪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

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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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Friday 12th July 2019, 14:28

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Our Wicklow-based search dog Rowan has been busy ever since he met Prince Charles back in May. Together with his handler Sheelagh O'Malley and their 'home team' Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue, Rowan has practised his casualty care skills, completed a helicopter training session and also responded to 3 callouts. Go Rowan! ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done Sheelagh O'Malley and Rowan. Brilliant work and lovely photos x

Well done Sheelagh O'Malley and Rowan

Brian Haskins, we will have to "up the anti" and have local royalty attend our training days.

Good job!

Top Dog......😉

Superstar 👌

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Thursday 11th July 2019, 11:04

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A dog's nose is truly an incredible instrument, and this nifty little video demonstrates how exactly it works. All of our air-scenting search dogs are expert sniffers!

Brut nature
Their sense of smell could be 10,000 to 100,000 times more powerful than ours, allowing them to "see" things that are invisible to humans. Here is how dogs smell... 🐶
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Fabulous! Thank you very much for sharing.

Andrea Hill

Ciaran Huish

Sunday 7th July 2019, 16:03

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A group photo of some of the dogs & handlers after a training session in March 2018. Photo by Valerie OSullivan.

A group photo of some of the dogs & handlers after a training session in March 2018. Photo by Valerie O'Sullivan. ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking great everyone! Especially Lyla and Lou, of course 🙂

Well done everyone

God it was my worst hair day ever.... JJ Looked great.

Sunday 7th July 2019, 12:24

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Four of our dog teams (Sheelagh O'Malley with search dog Rowan, Michael Grant with Ziggy, Eadaoin O'Gorman with Murphy and Louise Burgoyne with Lyla) assisted with this search in Bray, Co. Wicklow on Friday. Jarlath Folan and search dog Syd were also responding early in the following morning. All teams were stood down when the missing person was located safe and well on Saturday.

Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team
Callout 52 - 5th July 2019 - Bray

At 15:19 on Friday, July 5th, Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána in a missing person search.

Mountain rescue (MR) personnel immediately began searching the area around the missing person's last known location. Meanwhile, MR search managers worked to produce a search plan for the wider area. Forty trained searchers, four search dog and handler teams, and a drone were used during the operation. Search operations were stood down for the night at 00:19 on Saturday morning.

Later on Saturday morning the teams were alerted by Gardaí that the missing person had been located safe and well.

Our thanks to Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland), the missing person's family and friends, and An Garda Síochána for their assistance. We'd also like to thank Bray Retail Park for the use of their car park as rescue base.
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Friday 5th July 2019, 11:24

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA Ireland would like to offer our sincere condolences to SARDA Southern Scotland dog handler Bill Jennisons family and teammates. Many of our members would have met and trained with Bill over the years.

SARDA Ireland would like to offer our sincere condolences to SARDA Southern Scotland dog handler Bill Jennison's family and teammates. Many of our members would have met and trained with Bill over the years.It is with extremely heavy hearts that we pass on the news that our great friend and founder member Bill Jennison passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Bill committed a huge part of his life to Mountain Rescue and SARDA, training and working his own dogs to an extremely high standard then continuing to train many other dogs and handlers to be the best they could be with SARDA Southern Scotland.
Bill never gave up on anyone when the going got tough and with his gentle nature, encouragement and impeccable knowledge and understanding of dogs, saw many dogs and handlers that he had helped train as training officer reach Advanced Mountain Rescue grade.

I think we can vouch for many here when we say, the hardest part of any assessment undertaken was that you didn’t want to let Bill down!

A famous quote from Bill was “ If only it was as easy to train a handler as it was a dog”

We are extremely lucky to have had you in our lives Bill and as a friend said earlier today, we bet there were some old dogs very happy to see you this morning!

Thoughts are with Yvonne and the family at this very difficult time.

National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) Scottish Mountain Rescue Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England Search & Rescue Dog Association (Scotland) Lomond Mountain Rescue Team
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SARDA Ireland were invited to the Greystones Emergency Services Day at Éire Óg GAA club on Sunday. Great day engaging with members of the public and other agencies. Thank you to Greystones Gardaí for organising and for all the help and hospitality on the day. Also in attendance were Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, An Garda Síochána, An Garda Síochána K9 unit, Wicklow Civil Defence, Civil Defence K9 unit, Greystones Coast Guard Unit, Rescue 116 and Greystones Community First Responders. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday 30th June 2019, 14:51

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A few of our members (Eadaoin O'Gorman with search dog Murphy, Gerry Tobin with trainee search dog Fia and Sean Owens with trainee search dog Cody) took part in a training session with Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps - Waterford Unit and Bonmahon Coast Guard unit last week – thanks a lot for the invite! We look forward to working and training with these teams in the future.A very successful training exercise tonight with our friends in both Bonmahon Coast Guard and Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland). Well done every one. It was great to see the dogs working on the search. #volunteers ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday 25th June 2019, 22:35

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Delighted to be able to share what we do at tonight’s VES evening in the An Garda Síochána HQ in Renmore with our colleagues from Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland), Order of Malta GalwayCity CivilDefence Galway lifeboat station Mayo Mountain Rescue Irish Coast Guard Galway County Council, Galway Fire Service and Galway Red Cross. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday 16th June 2019, 14:47

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Yesterday, at the invitation of The Irish Coast Guard, some of our members attended a joint training exercise at Dunabrattin Head, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford. The exercise centered around various cliff, shoreline and water based exercises and involved coordinated responses from land, sea and air. It was a great opportunity for our members to interact with the agencies based in the area and for our dogs and handlers to further familiarize themselves with the sights and sounds of the aircraft. Thanks again for your welcome yesterday and we look forward to working with you in the future.
@IRCG @RNLI @Bunmahon Lifeboat, @Bunmahon Coast Guard, @Rescue 117, @helvickrnli @Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps, @Waterford Unit Waterford City River Rescue CRBI @Ardmore Coast Guard Unit
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Delighted you were able to attend yesterday, the dogs are brilliant. It’s a credit to you all, we are looking forward to working with you all again in the near future.

Great to see you all there !!! 👍

Lucy Bradley

Friday 7th June 2019, 22:04

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
To all our friends and supporters, why not drop by tomorrow and and meet some of our team. It’s a good opportunity to find out about SARDA and meet some of our two and four legged members in person. Also say hello to our friends in other emergency services. Hope to see you there. 👍

To all our friends and supporters, why not drop by tomorrow and and meet some of our team. It’s a good opportunity to find out about SARDA and meet some of our two and four legged members in person. Also say hello to our friends in other emergency services. Hope to see you there. 👍 ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday 5th June 2019, 12:20

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

This weekend was a busy and varied weekend for our members. We were in Templemore on Friday, Kildare on Saturday and on Monday our dog handlers Éadaoin O’Gorman, Michael Grant and Louise Burgoyne visited The Customs House at the Port of Cork at the invitation of Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery (CCMPSR).

Big thank you to Edwin, Dave and Chris from taking the time on a Bank Holiday Monday to show us what they do. Keep up the good work and stay safe. Cork City Missing Persons Search and RecoveryRecently CCMPSAR welcomed members of Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland). We began our morning with a brief on our unit followed by an introduction to our kit and capabilities. Later we invited the SARDA members out on the river to introduce them to boat operations, search techniques and our side scan sonar.
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Friday 31st May 2019, 23:50

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Today we were welcomed to The Garda Training College, Templemore to give a talk about how SARDA dog teams can assist with missing persons cases throughout Ireland. Louise, (with search dog Lyla), Gerry and Noel were joined by Liam of Mountain Rescue Ireland who gave an "Introduction to Mountain Rescue". We thank An Garda Síochána for the opportunity and we wish this class the very best as they are deployed around the country next week. ... See MoreSee Less

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Excellent well done. Great way to influence the Mountain Rescue tasking agency.

Fantastic. Well done Louise, Gerry and Noel!

Well done Louise and Lyla!

Well done

Excellent interagency com.

Well done Louise

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Wednesday 29th May 2019, 20:48

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A little video of last weekend's training session in the Knockmealdown Mountains. Thanks Edelle Doherty! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday 28th May 2019, 19:46

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

A few pics from our training weekend in the Knockmealdown Mountains last weekend. Many thanks to training officer Michael Grant, local organiser Gerry Tobin and everyone else who assisted with the training – and all our amazing dogsbodies! Thanks also to the local landowners, and to Edelle Doherty for her camerawork. Photos by Edelle, Mike Palmer and Sheelagh O'Malley. ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 18:09

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA search dog Rowan has friends in high places! Rowan and his handler Sheelagh OMalley met Prince Charles yesterday together with the other Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team members.Image attachment

SARDA search dog Rowan has friends in high places! Rowan and his handler Sheelagh O'Malley met Prince Charles yesterday together with the other Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team members.Both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were delighted to meet the Prince of Wales when he visited Glendalough on the second day of his visit to Ireland. We were honoured to have our volunteer work recognised during an official state visit by His Royal Highness. During the visit, Prince Charles expressed a keen interest in the rescue work both teams perform, and was very happy to make friends with search dog Rowan.

The Prince of Wales was also shown Glen Charlie, one of the Glen Team's emergency response vehicles, which was sponsored by The Froud Foundation, a charity which was set up by a family living in the UK who tragically lost their son in a plane crash in the Wicklow mountains. They have been strong supporters of the team for many years.
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Melanie O'Donoghue

We are in exalted company 😁 Looking forward to seeing the celebrities at training this weekend. Great to see dogs that people threw away into the pound becoming such heros. Well done Sheelagh for all you did for Rowan. He's repaying it tenfold.

A few photos from a training session in Wicklow on Sunday.Image attachmentImage attachment

A few photos from a training session in Wicklow on Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less

SARDA trainee dog Piper accompanied by Dorothy Grimes and Gerry Tobin attended the annual Sea Sunday service, parade and blessing of the boats in Kinsale. The ceremony is held for all those who have been lost at sea or work at sea, and to remember all the services that are involved in sea rescues.

SARDA trainee dog Piper accompanied by Dorothy Grimes and Gerry Tobin attended the annual Sea Sunday service, parade and blessing of the boats in Kinsale. The ceremony is held for all those who have been lost at sea or work at sea, and to remember all the services that are involved in sea rescues. ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday 11th May 2019, 12:17

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

This little video shows search dog Rowan during a training session in Gort, Co. Galway last week. Rowan has just found Edelle (thanks for the video, Edelle Doherty), and now it's reward time! Rowan's handler is Sheelagh O'Malley. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good Job!!!!!👏👏👏👏👏👏

It’s a dogs life for sure.

Brian Haskins 🙂

Katie Morgan

Saturday 4th May 2019, 12:00

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Last Saturday SARDA Ireland members (Louise Burgoyne with Search Dog Lyla, Mick Grant with Search Dog Ziggy, Éadaoin O’Gorman with Search Dog Murphy and Gerry Tobin with trainee Search Dog Fia) along with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) members took part in heli training with R117, Waterford.

Training involved HI Line operation and winching of both dogs and handlers.

Thank you to SEMRA for organizing the training. Thank you to all the crew of R117; Ronan, Tom, Adrian, Neville and Sarah. Photo credit: Éadaoin O’Gorman, Dave Murtagh, Neville Murphy and Adrian O’Hara.Last Saturday SARDA Ireland members (Louise Burgoyne with Search Dog Lyla, Mick Grant with Search Dog Ziggy, Éadaoin O’Gorman with Search Dog Murphy and Gerry Tobin with trainee Search Dog Fia) along with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) members took part in heli training with R117, Waterford.

Training involved HI Line operation and winching of both dogs and handlers.

Thank you to SEMRA for organizing the training. Thank you to all the crew of R117; Ronan, Tom, Adrian, Neville and Sarah. Photo credit: Éadaoin O’Gorman, Dave Murtagh, Neville Murphy and Adrian O’Hara.
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Great photos guys

Brilliant photos 😊

Super photos 👍

Honestly.... so friggin cool🥳🥳🥳

Honestly.... so friggin cool🥳🥳🥳

My HEROS ,

Jacob Raymond

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Saturday 4th May 2019, 11:16

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

Two of our handlers, Gerry Tobin and Eadaoin O'Gorman gave a talk to trainee gardaí at the Garda College Templemore yesterday. Search dog Murphy and trainee search dog Fia assisted! ... See MoreSee Less

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Photos by Eadaoin O'Gorman.

I have a clever collie who would love to be occupied/challenged where would I get training for him?

Tuesday 30th April 2019, 17:49

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
While on their way to our training weekend in Oughterard on Friday night, SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were called out to assist Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team with a search. The dog team and other agencies were stood down a short time later when the missing person was located safe and well. Meanwhile, while most of the SARDA gang was training in Connemara over the weekend (see post + photos below), Eadaoin OGorman and search dog Murphy represented us at an emergency services event (A Big Push to Save Lives) which was held at Mallow Racecourse on Saturday. Photo by Fermoy Community First Responders.

While on their way to our training weekend in Oughterard on Friday night, SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were called out to assist Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team with a search. The dog team and other agencies were stood down a short time later when the missing person was located safe and well. Meanwhile, while most of the SARDA gang was training in Connemara over the weekend (see post + photos below), Eadaoin O'Gorman and search dog Murphy represented us at an emergency services event ('A Big Push to Save Lives') which was held at Mallow Racecourse on Saturday. Photo by Fermoy Community First Responders. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great to see you and the amazing dogs that are specifically trained for search and rescue services. Well done to you all, it's great to see the dedicated team that make the SARDA, such a valuable service in our country.

Tuesday 30th April 2019, 16:55

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA Ireland hosted a training weekend near Oughterard, Co. Galway over Saturday and Sunday. Storm Hannah had thankfully mostly exhausted herself by then, but the dog teams still enjoyed pretty brisk winds on the hills on Saturday while Sunday was a calm and dampish day for some training in the woods. Many thanks to Jarlath Folan for sorting out the local logistics, Gerry Tobin and Michael Grant for setting up search areas, and everyone who volunteered as dogsbodies over the weekend. Extra special thanks to Edelle Doherty for these fantastic photos! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks to all who helped make it a great weekend. Hopefully everyone enjoyed it and got something out of the training. Special thanks to the bodies as it was a cold day to be out on the hill and to our Paparazzi Edelle who captured the event so well.

Excellent photos Edelle

Excellent photos Edelle

Edelle Doherty those pics are amazing !

Beautiful shots of the proud dogs and their even prouder handlers....

Wonderful photos. Makes me realise all the training that must be done by our Search and Rescue heroes. Thank you, folks!

Loved being dogsbodies on Sunday! Can't wait for the next time. Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming and answering our many questions 😂

Awesome pictures of you all working hard!