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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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Fantastic. Well done Louise, Gerry and Noel!

Well done Louise and Lyla!

Well done Louise

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

Well done

Excellent interagency com.

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Wednesday 29th May 2019, 20:48

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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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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.

Melanie O'Donoghue

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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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It’s a dogs life for sure.

Brian Haskins 🙂

Katie Morgan

Good Job!!!!!👏👏👏👏👏👏

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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Brilliant photos 😊

Great photos guys

Super photos 👍

Honestly.... so friggin cool🥳🥳🥳

Honestly.... so friggin cool🥳🥳🥳

Jacob Raymond

My HEROS ,

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

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

Awesome pictures of you all working hard!

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

Excellent photos Edelle

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

Edelle Doherty those pics are amazing !

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Thursday 25th April 2019, 19:50

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

SARDA dog teams were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard to assist with a missing person search in Tipperary last night. Michael Grant (with search dog Ziggy) and Eadaoin O'Gorman (with search dog Murphy) responded and were on the way to the incident while Jarlath Folan (with Syd) and Louise Burgoyne (with Lyla) were on standby. The dog teams were stood down en route when the missing person was located safe and well. ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done to all involved

Great effort all

Saturday 20th April 2019, 13:49

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

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

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

SARDA brilliant addition to MRT .

Well done to everyone involved👏👏

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

Superb result all. Thank God she was found💕

Brilliant job all

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

Well done to all involved

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

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

Great result. Well done and thank you.🙏

Incredible work. Well done to all involved.

Well done great news

Sensational🎉🥳👏

Well done team

Fantastic well done

Well done

Well done

Brilliant..

Awesome job

Great effort all

Well done !

Brilliant!!

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Thursday 18th April 2019, 12:42

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

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

Sunday 7th April 2019, 14:53

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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

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

Well done Jarlath & syd 🦊

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

Congrats to both teams!

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

Congratulations Jarlath and Sheelagh! Well done!

Brilliant. Well done

Congratulations and well done!!!!

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

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

Well done guys and dogs

Fantastic work and great achievement! Congratulations 🤗🐾🐶🎯

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

Well done guys, great result.

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

Wonderful. Well done all 4 of you.

Congratulations to both of the teams.

Congratulations, a great achievement, well earned.

Brilliant! Well done all round!! 👍

Fairplay to everyone 👌🍺🍺🍺🍺🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

So proud of you guys! 👌🏻🥳

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

A super achievement. Well done Sheelagh and Jarlath!

💪💪⛰⛰ Congratulations

Congrats

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Monday 1st April 2019, 15:27

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

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

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

Tuesday 19th March 2019, 13:08

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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

Tuesday 19th March 2019, 13:02

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

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

So proud of you both Louise and Lyla!

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

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

Well done, Mick and Louise!

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

Well done Mick and ziggy and Louise and lyla!

Well done teams! 🐕🐶🥇

Fantastic work!! Well done 🙏🏼

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

Well done guys

Well done all

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

Well done Mick

Great work SARDA.

a busy few days then

Go Ziggy!

Well done!!

Brilliant

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Saturday 16th March 2019, 22:30

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

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

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Rest well Zac. Thank you.

Anne Walsh 💕

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

So sorry to hear RIP Zac.

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

They are together again RIP

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

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

So very sorry x

Such a beautiful picture-RIP together ❤️

Run free over rainbow 🌈 bridge Zac Rest easy ❤️

So sorry to read this. 🐾🐾💔

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

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

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

So Sorry for your loss

RIP zac 😢

There together xx Ripx

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

RIP Zac

Sleep tight Zac and thankyou for all the searching 🥰

RIP Zac

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Monday 11th March 2019, 14:28

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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

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

Louise Burgoyne

Thanks for being part of Killarney Mountain Festival 🙂

Saturday 9th March 2019, 10:51

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

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

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

Tuesday 5th March 2019, 21:12

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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

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

#payingitforward
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Kevin Murphy

Can’t wait to meet the new recruit.

Nice! Well done!

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

Monday 25th February 2019, 17:50

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

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

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Springers rock

Wednesday 30th January 2019, 15:29

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Last week search dog Ziggy and his handler Michael Grant responded to a request from the mountain rescue teams in Wicklow for search dogs. During the subsequent search, the body of the missing person was found by search dog Ziggy. Search dog Lyla and handler Louise Burgoyne were stood down en route. RIP.

Last week search dog Ziggy and his handler Michael Grant responded to a request from the mountain rescue teams in Wicklow for search dogs. During the subsequent search, the body of the missing person was found by search dog Ziggy. Search dog Lyla and handler Louise Burgoyne were stood down en route. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less

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

Bringing 'closure' to a Family and friends 👍

Great job in sad circumstances. Well done all.

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

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

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

Sad outcome but well done Mick

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

Well done guys You all do a wonderful job

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

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

Great job Mick & Ziggy. Thank you

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

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

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

Well done Mick and Ziggy . Priceless work

Well done Mick and Ziggy.

Fantastic work ... well done ...

Great work Mick & Ziggy.

Well done Mick & Ziggy

Well done Mick

Well done Ziggy! Great job Mick

Thank you,

Very sad ...but well done Ziggi and Mick

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Monday 28th January 2019, 11:00

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were tasked to this incident in the Galtee Mountains yesterday. The dog team was stood down en route to the incident when the missing walkers were located by another search party from South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. A great result for all concerned!

SARDA handler Michael Grant and search dog Ziggy were tasked to this incident in the Galtee Mountains yesterday. The dog team was stood down en route to the incident when the missing walkers were located by another search party from South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. A great result for all concerned!SEMRA were tasked this afternoon at about 4pm by Thurles Garda Station. Five walkers were reported missing in the Galtees. The walkers had got disoriented and snow was beginning to fall. The team spoke to the group by mobile phone and were able to guide them in the direction of our members who had arrived on scene at the Black Road. The group had originally set out from the northern side of the Galtees. The walkers were met by team members on the Black Road and subsequently transported back to their cars by SEMRA vehicle. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday 20th January 2019, 21:09

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A few photos from a training session in the Reeks in Kerry this weekend. Trainee search dogs Syd (with handler Jarlath Folan) and Rowan (with handler Sheelagh O'Malley) were being observed by SARDA's training officer Gerry Tobin and one of our assessors, Catherine Kelly in preparation for their upcoming assessments while trainee search dog Fia and the new potential SARDA puppy Alfie were looking on. Orlaith Kelly and Alan Ryan were bodying. Good going, everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

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Another nice photo from today by Sheelagh.

Photos by Catherine Kelly.

Saturday 19th January 2019, 11:16

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

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Video by Ryan Gray. Thanks Ryan!

Emma Barron Louise Moore

Michael G Hurst

Well done everyone. Much appreciated

Fabulous!

Nice one Janet Murphy. Looks like a great day

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Monday 14th January 2019, 12:24

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

Friday 11th January 2019, 10:26

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

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

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Is there a way to donate on your site?

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

Good luck!! 🧡

Wednesday 2nd January 2019, 9:52

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

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

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Fantastic outcome for all concerned. Congrats!

Well done to all involved! Great outcome 🧡

Happy New year to you all,

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

Well done

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Monday 17th December 2018, 9:38

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

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

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Looking good guys. I miss those days

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

Monday 3rd December 2018, 13:21

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SARDA held assessments in Wicklow over the weekend, and two of our dog teams successfully made the upgrade to 'full mountain search dog' grade – which, as anyone working with search dogs knows, is a huge achievement. Super well done to Louise Burgoyne & Lyla and to Michael Grant & Ziggy! A lot of hard work has gone into preparing for these tough three-day assessments. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our external assessors who travelled over from across the Irish Sea: Ken Sloan and Ian Thompson from Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (SARDA England) and Harold Burrows, Richard Beech and Antony D Ll Griffiths from SARDA Wales. Also big thanks to our own assessors: Henry Smith, Catherine Kelly, Don Murphy, Helen NicChonmara and Gerry Tobin. And, as always, much gratitude to everyone who helped by hiding on the hills as dogsbodies.SARDA held assessments in Wicklow over the weekend, and two of our dog teams successfully made the upgrade to 'full mountain search dog' grade – which, as anyone working with search dogs knows, is a huge achievement. Super well done to Louise Burgoyne & Lyla and to Michael Grant & Ziggy! A lot of hard work has gone into preparing for these tough three-day assessments. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our external assessors who travelled over from across the Irish Sea: Ken Sloan and Ian Thompson from Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (SARDA England) and Harold Burrows, Richard Beech and Antony D Ll Griffiths from SARDA Wales. Also big thanks to our own assessors: Henry Smith, Catherine Kelly, Don Murphy, Helen NicChonmara and Gerry Tobin. And, as always, much gratitude to everyone who helped by hiding on the hills as dogsbodies. ... See MoreSee Less

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All photos by Pauliina Kauppila.

Search And Rescue Dog Association England, Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales)

Con grats Mike

Congratulations!!!

Well done Mick

Congrats

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

Congrats Mick

Congrats Mick

Fantastic achievement! We'll done to ye both

Brilliant Louise Burgoyne!!!!🎉🎉👏👏👏

Happy Tails, well done everypawdy 🙂

Well done Guys Super achievement

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

Congratulations

Well done Louise and Lyla!!!

Well done Louise and Lyla!!

Well done Louise 👌🏻

Great news, well done!

Well done guys. I know how much you train. It’s a long relentless commitment to get where you are and your upgrade is well deserved. Our country is in a better place having you guys willing and able to help bring our loved ones home.

Massive congrats to you both. Well done

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

Well done both

Wonderful work 👏🐶

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

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Saturday 24th November 2018, 8:53

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Three SARDA dog teams (Michael Grant with Ziggy, Louise Burgoyne with Lyla and Eadaoin OGorman with Murphy) were placed on standby yesterday by the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team for this incident. Happily, the missing hiker was located safe and well before the SARDA teams set off.

Three SARDA dog teams (Michael Grant with Ziggy, Louise Burgoyne with Lyla and Eadaoin O'Gorman with Murphy) were placed on standby yesterday by the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team for this incident. Happily, the missing hiker was located safe and well before the SARDA teams set off.Callout 231118;

At 1620hrs today the team received a request on behalf of a lost walker. The adult male had become disoriented on Slieve Binnian and found himself in difficult terrain. With basic information and no further communication with the walker, the team started searching. Due to the nature of the incident, including the terrain, further assets were requested and responding. Fortunately, the walker was eventually able to retrace his steps and make his way down safely. A total of 17 team members responded and stood down at 2120hrs. Thanks to the PSNI Search & Rescue Team, PSNI Air Support, SARDA Ireland and Belfast Coastguard for their support.
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Just as well as we definitely didn’t bring enough cake! Thanks again guys.

Well done to everyone involved. You are all truly amazing people.🙂

Friday 23rd November 2018, 12:12

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

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

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

I know that small keyboard!😂

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

Dogs!

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Thursday 22nd November 2018, 9:33

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

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

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

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A nice photo of one of our dog teams, Eadaoin OGorman & Murphy, taking a break from training in Wicklow yesterday.

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

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Tis a great life those dogs have

Pretty clear whose the boss there.

Putting your feet up!

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

Taking a break... 🙄

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

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Thursday 15th November 2018, 8:14

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Great result for the SARDA dog teams on the Isle of Man.Image attachmentImage attachment

Great result for the SARDA dog teams on the Isle of Man.**CALL OUT **DOG FIND**
At 23:35 police requested dog teams to deploy to search for a high risk misper. Dog handler Jim Macgregor with search dog Star and navigator Jody Smith, dog handler Gary Wright with search dog Holly and navigator Mal Stewart and dog handler Marc Marshall with search dog Matt and navigator Ffinlo Williams attend the call.
After several areas searched, Search dog Matt found the missing person. Handler Marc and navigator Ffinlo administered first aid and a coastguard rescue team used their basket stretch to carry the casualty to the Ambulance.

Great team work by all involved, from the police and ESJCR coordinating the search and teams, SARDA in locating the person and the Coastguard assisting in the search and carrying the casualty out as well as the ambulance crew for treating the patient.
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Congratulations to all on a successful find!

Thursday 18th October 2018, 21:30

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Last Friday the crew of Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 welcomed two of our dog handlers, Gerry Tobin and Eadaoin O'Gorman to their base. We were made to feel very welcome by Adrian O'Hara, Neville Murphy and Jason O'Flynn, and the dogs were given plenty of playtime in between the familiarisation work in and around the helicopter, with gradually increasing noise levels. The trip culminated in a dry-winching exercise (all while SARDA member & photographer Noel Culbert was living his dream, pretending to be a pilot). Also worth noting was that that the two namesakes (winchman Murphy and search dog Murphy) hit it off straight away and had a ball – literally. It was love at first sight. Thank you Rescue 117 for giving us such an “uplifting” experience and we look forward to working with you in the future. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks for the great video, Noel Culbert!

Laura Moran Michelle Whelan

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

Both teams are the unsung heroes for the work that they carry out on a daily basis. Keep up the great work and stay safe

Heroes all - thank you folks!

Murphy the Border Collie training with Murphy the Bearded Collie

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

Fantastic video guys 👍 Great to have ye with us (especially Murphy). Keep up the good work and I look forward to the next training session

Great!

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Monday 15th October 2018, 21:17

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SARDA held a national training weekend in Wicklow over Sat and Sun. Very poor visibility and heavy rain hampered the proceedings somewhat on Saturday, but Sunday was a fine clear day. A few of our dog teams are progressing nicely towards novice & upgrade assessments, so watch this space! Thanks a lot to everyone who bodied over the weekend, to Louise Burgoyne and Sheelagh OMalley for organising all the practical arrangements, and to Henry Smith, Catherine Kelly, Michael Grant and Eadaoin OGorman for setting search areas and observing the dog teams working through them.

SARDA held a national training weekend in Wicklow over Sat and Sun. Very poor visibility and heavy rain hampered the proceedings somewhat on Saturday, but Sunday was a fine clear day. A few of our dog teams are progressing nicely towards novice & upgrade assessments, so watch this space! Thanks a lot to everyone who bodied over the weekend, to Louise Burgoyne and Sheelagh O'Malley for organising all the practical arrangements, and to Henry Smith, Catherine Kelly, Michael Grant and Eadaoin O'Gorman for setting search areas and observing the dog teams working through them. ... See MoreSee Less

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

Hard Work!!! Thank You!!

Fab shot Sheelagh!

they are devoted to each other

Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 20:42

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Very sad news today. Search dog Dexter has passed away after a short illness – far too soon, and in his prime. This is a huge loss to his handler Gerry Tobin, who is also SARDAs training officer, and to SARDA Ireland. Since qualifying as a search dog team in 2013 the pair have been on callouts all over Ireland and assisted with numerous incidents – many of them with their home team South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. In May 2015, their skills directly resulted in saving a persons life after Dexter successfully located an unconscious casualty in difficult circumstances. Gerry and Dex have also been a familiar sight at many emergency services events as well as visits to schools – with his friendly nature, Dex was always a great ambassador for search dogs! We at SARDA Ireland cant believe that this legend of a dog is no longer with us, and our hearts are broken for Gerry and his family. Rest in peace, Dex, and thank you for your service.

Very sad news today. Search dog Dexter has passed away after a short illness – far too soon, and in his prime. This is a huge loss to his handler Gerry Tobin, who is also SARDA's training officer, and to SARDA Ireland. Since qualifying as a search dog team in 2013 the pair have been on callouts all over Ireland and assisted with numerous incidents – many of them with their home team South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. In May 2015, their skills directly resulted in saving a person's life after Dexter successfully located an unconscious casualty in difficult circumstances. Gerry and Dex have also been a familiar sight at many emergency services events as well as visits to schools – with his friendly nature, Dex was always a great ambassador for search dogs! We at SARDA Ireland can't believe that this legend of a dog is no longer with us, and our hearts are broken for Gerry and his family. Rest in peace, Dex, and thank you for your service. ... See MoreSee Less

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Very sad, well done Dexter, rest now

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

So sorry to hear this, he was such a lovely dog with such a great personality, so friendly. You were a great team, thinking of you and your family 😪

Heartbreaking lads another one gone to rainbow 🌈 Bridge 😢

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

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

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

An amazing dog and well known throughout the services.

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

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

so sorry to hear such sad news Gerry run free Dexter

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

Sorry to hear such sad news, thoughts to everyone.

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

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

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

Deepest condolences Gerry so sorry for your loss

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

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

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

That's so sad, run free Dexter

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday 11th September 2018, 18:09

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SARDA held a national training weekend in Co. Waterford over Fri and Sat. Original plan had been to train at Lough Mohra in the Comeraghs on Saturday but, due to very poor visibility, we decamped to Tickincor forest nearby where we ran two search areas with Gerry Tobin, Michael Grant, Helen NicChonmara and Eadaoin OGorman supervising the training. On Sunday we trained at Bay Lough near The Vee. Henry Smith and Louise Burgoyne joined our merry gang for three areas, with young pupsters and more experienced dogs all going through their paces. Many thanks to all our dogsbodies and everyone else who helped out!

SARDA held a national training weekend in Co. Waterford over Fri and Sat. Original plan had been to train at Lough Mohra in the Comeraghs on Saturday but, due to very poor visibility, we decamped to Tickincor forest nearby where we ran two search areas with Gerry Tobin, Michael Grant, Helen NicChonmara and Eadaoin O'Gorman supervising the training. On Sunday we trained at Bay Lough near The Vee. Henry Smith and Louise Burgoyne joined our merry gang for three areas, with young pupsters and more experienced dogs all going through their paces. Many thanks to all our dogsbodies and everyone else who helped out! ... See MoreSee Less

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Photo: Louise with Mike's trainee dog Penelope. Photo by Mike Palmer.

Tuesday 4th September 2018, 14:36

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Sunday was a busy day for SARDAs handlers with two callouts in the Galtee Mountains. The 1st callout kicked off in the early afternoon after a hillwalker got disoriented in the heavy fog near the summit and required assistance. Two dog teams (Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy and Eadaoin OGorman with search dog Murphy) responded along with their home team, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. Happily, with assistance over the phone from the SEMRA callout officer the walker was able make his way down to meet the SEMRA hill party, and the dog teams were stood down. The 2nd tasking came at 6.30pm on Sunday evening after two hillwalkers were reported overdue to return from the Galtees and could not be contacted. SARDA handlers Mick Grant (with Ziggy) and Gerry Tobin (with search dog Dexter) were on the way to the location when the two walkers were reported safe down off the mountain by other members of SEMRA. Stock photo: SARDA dog team Mick Grant & Ziggy.

Sunday was a busy day for SARDA's handlers with two callouts in the Galtee Mountains. The 1st callout kicked off in the early afternoon after a hillwalker got disoriented in the heavy fog near the summit and required assistance. Two dog teams (Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy and Eadaoin O'Gorman with search dog Murphy) responded along with their home team, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. Happily, with assistance over the phone from the SEMRA callout officer the walker was able make his way down to meet the SEMRA hill party, and the dog teams were stood down. The 2nd tasking came at 6.30pm on Sunday evening after two hillwalkers were reported overdue to return from the Galtees and could not be contacted. SARDA handlers Mick Grant (with Ziggy) and Gerry Tobin (with search dog Dexter) were on the way to the location when the two walkers were reported safe down off the mountain by other members of SEMRA. Stock photo: SARDA dog team Mick Grant & Ziggy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done everyone and the dogs

Ziggy is looking great.

Ziggy is looking great.

Looking good Michael Grant and Ziggy

Well done folks!! Great pic!

Well done to u all. Glad to hear a such a great outcome. Thanks for the fantastic work that ye do.

Always available....well done everyone from SEMRA and SARDA......greatly appreciated.

Nice one lads. Everyone home safe 👍

Nice one guys !

Beautiful doggie 💕

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Monday 27th August 2018, 13:55

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

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

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

Monday 20th August 2018, 19:53

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Search dog Murphy at training on the Galtees yesterday. Murphys handler is Midletown-based Eadaoin OGorman. Photo by Jimmy Barry.

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

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

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

Monday 13th August 2018, 13:17

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

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Well done Michael, keep up the good work

Well done

Monday 6th August 2018, 11:15

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

Sunday 29th July 2018, 16:04

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

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

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

Nice one Gerry. 👍

Monday 2nd July 2018, 16:46

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

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

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

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

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

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

May he Rest In Peace 🙏🏼

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

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

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Tuesday 26th June 2018, 13:06

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

Monday 11th June 2018, 20:59

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

Sunday 10th June 2018, 21:23

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

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

Thursday 31st May 2018, 10:19

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 15th May 2018, 9:59

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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

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

Sunday 13th May 2018, 20:07

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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

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

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

Very sad outcome, well done Louise & Lyla

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good work, Louise and Lyla

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Monday 7th May 2018, 19:03

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 30th April 2018, 18:17

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

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

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

Monday 23rd April 2018, 9:18

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

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

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Dex, Fia and Murphy taking a break.

Friday 13th April 2018, 17:19

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

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

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Nice photo Guys. 👍

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

Thursday 5th April 2018, 17:22

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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

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Well done Guys

Well done berry and Dex

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

Great result. And well done Gerry for responding.

No better hound for the job!

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Monday 26th March 2018, 10:45

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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

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Tough job well done .

Thanks for everything, professionals to the core

Well done crew 👍🏻

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

Well done

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Saturday 24th March 2018, 10:41

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

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

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

Thanks! Missed it, must have a look.

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

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

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 9:08

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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

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Well done guys

Well done x

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

Thursday 15th March 2018, 17:20

Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)

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