Sunday 9th August 2020, 11:50
SARDA were called out last night at 02:40 to assist in the search for a missing person in the Fenor area of Co. Waterford. By 04:30 there were three SARDA dog teams as well as South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association members involved in the search. The search continued throughout the night and into the morning. Thankfully, the missing person turned up safely just before 9am. Dog teams returned home tired but happy that the missing person was found safe and well.
Have a read of a press article here:
Other agencies involved
An Garda Síochána
Tramore Coast Guard Unit
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Well done to all the search teams involved
Well done to everyone involved. 🤩🤩🐕🐕
Well done everyone and every dog. Thank you.
Well done all
Good evening to the mountain rescue I hope you're all ok hope you're enjoying your rescue I wish I can't wait to I come there all this outbreak it's over so I can do some training with you on the mountain rescue team hope you're ok give my love to everyone on the rescue and I hope this covid-19 virus goes away soon so I can come and do training with you goodbye
Great job everyone!!! 👍
Well done folks.....
Fair play to you all 👏
Well done to you all 👏👏👏
Great effort guys/girls
Clearly, Such a valuable service.
Well done 👍🏻
Saturday 25th July 2020, 10:05
*Callout 27 and 28*
SARDA Ireland had a busy day yesterday.
Yesterday morning we were tasked to search for a high risk missing person in Co. Limerick. Two of our search dog teams were en route when the missing person was found safe and well.
Late last night, we were tasked again by An Garda Síochána to a missing persons incident in the Waterford area where 2 children had been reported missing. 2 of our dog teams responded to the callout, and just as the first team arrived on scene, the 2 missing children were found safe and well by the AGS.
Other agencies involved in last night’s search:
South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association
Bonmahon Coast Guard
It is common to be stood down en route to missing person search as the missing person is found quickly. This is the best possible news when responding to a search as the sooner a person is found, the higher the probability that they are found safe and well as they have not been exposed to the elements for long.
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Brilliant outcomes.. and hugely appreciate the effort you guys put in (both in training and on callouts)!! Thank you all so much.. ❤️
Well done too all involved fantastic outcome
Sunday 19th July 2020, 16:53
Well done to Trainee Search Dog Croía who passed her obedience test last week with flying colours! 🏆🐾
Each of our dogs must pass an obedience test and a stock test to become an official SARDA Green Tag (training) dog. Croía and her handler Niall Devery are one step closer to earning that tag, and we are sure that she will do excellent in her Stock Test also.
Isn't she a good girl?! 🙌 ... See MoreSee Less
Well done!! Beautiful dog!
Not only is she a good girl, she is a fabulous girl too. Rescue workers including dogs are incredible <3
Well done trainee Search Dog Croía for passing her obedience test. I guess handler Niall Devery had something to do with that. 👏👏👏
I admire your work so much.You provide a very essential sevice .Thnak you for your dedication
Well done Niall and your gorgeous Croia.
What a beauty 🥰 best of luck to Croia and her handler
Well done sweetheart beautiful girl xxxx
Good job Niall. An important milestone behind you.
Beautiful pup with a beautiful name.
Well done I remember Bonzo passing his obedience and stock test many years ago...best of luck going forward
What a beautiful 🐕 ❤️😘😍 well done Croia X 💙💚🇨🇮🙏
Great job Niall 👍
Beautiful, well done 👌💕🐾🐾
Super looking dog. 🤔
Well done Croía 👏👏👏
I’m interested in the collar. Is it one of those broad Agitation Collars with a handle please?
Great effort well done team
Well done Croia 👏
Gustavo Brás até na Irlanda escolhem uma raça de excelência 😉
Filipe Fonseca verifica os testes e o percurso de aprendizagem 😉
Thursday 16th July 2020, 15:56
*𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝟮𝟲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗼𝗴 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗱*
SARDA Ireland were tasked at 01.05am this morning to assist in the search for a missing 77 year old man in the Glanmire area.
Three of our search dog teams responded to the callout, Louise and Lyla were first on scene and began searching from the point last seen (PLS). Following this Éadaoin and Murph, and Gerry and Fia arrived and began a hasty search along paths, around buildings and other key features in the search area, while Adrian set up base and managed the search/communications throughout the search.
The search area had a large amount of woodland and farmland with crop fields, which can be hard to search using human searchers during daylight, and even more complex during the night. However, a search dog is very useful in these terrains. With their powerful noses, they are able to detect human scent from far away, and most importantly, identify which direction the missing person is located.
Whilst searching along a track road at approximately 03.30am, search dog Murphy detected human scent coming from the adjoining crop field and took off into the area, where she found the missing person. Murphy then lead Eadaoin to the missing person. At this point Éadaoin took over and provided medical assistance and along with members of Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery, assisted the gentleman out of the area.
The gentleman was assessed by a doctor and although he was cold and hungry, he was thankfully otherwise uninjured.
𝙎𝘼𝙍𝘿𝘼 𝙄𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙫𝙤𝙡𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙤𝙧𝙜𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙙𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙘 𝙖𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙨. 𝙄𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙧𝙜𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥 𝙪𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙨 𝙄𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙, 𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙙𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙬. ... See MoreSee Less
Well done Eadaoin and Murphy good job!! Well done to the rest of the team too 🐾🐾
Thank you. What an incredibly dedicated selfless group of volunteers. Your successful searches must be so rewarding and motivating for the handler s and the dogs👏👏👏👏👏🐾🐾🐾
That is a truly fantastic result and makes all the years of training so worth it. Congratulations Eadaoin O'Gorman and Murphy – super well done!
Great work by all involved well done
Amazing. Lucky Gentlemen. Thank you to all in SARDA. CONGRATULATIONS.
Fantastic job, well done to all! 👌👍👍💕🐾🐾
Good boy Murphy your a star hope you got a big treat x
Another good ending - well done to all involved. Fantastic work!
Great news, well done! Extra treats all round!
Fantastic Eadaoin and Murphy and all involved your just amazing xxx
Well done Murphy and Eadaoin - brilliant job and cracking result 👏👏👏🥇🍖
Good boy Murphy, well done Eadaoin, wishing the man a speedy recovery
Congrats on the find, You are off and running 🙂
Great results Eadaoin & Murphy & all SARDA, well done
Very well done guys. Go Murphy!
Good effort guys. Just shows the need for dogs
Fantastic result. Donation made ❤💜
Just donated - hope it went through - won't get you much except maybe a hot coffee after a call out some night 😊
Well done to all the search teams. Great find Murph and Eadaoin.
Well done to you all.
Great work Éadaoin, Murph and SARDA - fantastic result!
Well done 👍🍀
Well done - donation made 🐶🐶
Thankyou , incredible work 💚
Excellent work Eadaoin and Murphy 👏👏
Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) updated their status.
Tuesday 14th July 2020, 15:40
SARDA Ireland responded to a callout in Co. Wexford yesterday to search for a missing woman in the Gorey area.
Two of our search dog teams searched for over 8 hours in woodland and coastal areas yesterday. Despite the assistance of voluntary agencies, such as ourselves, Wexford Civil Defence, Irish Coast Guard, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery, Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, K9 Search & Rescue NI, along with professional agencies Rescue 117 and An Garda Síochána, and a large number of the general public, the search is still ongoing.
If anyone think that they may be able to assist in the search, or have any information which may be useful, please contact Gorey Garda Station on 053 9430690 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday 12th July 2020, 19:24
SARDA Ireland was tasked to a missing person callout in Waterford. Search dog teams Mick and Ziggy, Gerry and Fia and Éadaoin and Murph responded. The missing person was thankfully found safe and well.
After the teams were stood down, the dogs decided to have a socially distant debriefing session. They have had a busy weekend of it and I’m sure they are looking forward to getting home to their beds!
Also in attendance:
Warerford Fire Service
Gardaí Dog Unit ... See MoreSee Less
Murphy like what are they doing in my photo
Sunday 12th July 2020, 10:16
SARDA was tasked yesterday by An Garda Síochána to search for a missing child on a Wexford beach. As dog teams were responding we were stood down when the child was thankfully found safe and well. Rescue 117 also responded to this callout.
Many children are reported missing in Ireland every day and are subsequently found safe and well. If your child goes missing, do not hesitate to get in contact with the Gardaí as soon as possible. ... See MoreSee Less
Tuesday 7th July 2020, 22:42
Trainee search dog Trakr is an amazing dog and together with Jean Ryan they make an amazing team! Watch this space! 🏆Trakr - the puppy we donated to SARDA Ireland last year preparing for his BH with his handler Jean Ryan - can’t wait to see him operational with SARDA Ireland ❤️🌟👌
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Sunday 5th July 2020, 20:31
🎈🎈It’s Lyla’s 10th Birthday!!🎈🎈
Lyla is one of our qualified search dogs and today she is celebrating her birthday! 🎉 Lyla’s handler Louise has been training Lyla since she was just over 1 year old!
Lyla has been a qualified search dog for the last 3 years and she has spent 100’s of hours responding to callouts for missing persons across Ireland.
🏆Lyla has had 3 finds while doing her job, which is an amazing achievement! 🏆 🙌🏻🙌🏻
𝙇𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙖 𝙗𝙞𝙜 𝙃𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙮 𝘽𝙞𝙧𝙩𝙝𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙘𝙝 𝙙𝙤𝙜 𝙇𝙮𝙡𝙖!
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Happy Birthday lyla 🎉🎊🎂⚽️🎊🎉
Happy Birthday Lyla 🥳
Happy birthday have a great day lovely search dog
Happy birthday Lyla. Hope your putting your paws up today and being spoiled 🐕🦺⛰️🎂🍗🦴🍖
Happy Birthday Layla. What a wonderful girl you are <3
Happy birthday Lyla!!!
Happy birthday Lyla🎈🎉Fabulous dog ❤️
Happy birthday Lyla 😍🐕🐕🐕🎂
Sending happy birthday wishes from the USA 🇺🇸 !
Happy birthday to a very special lady Lyla🐾🍖
Happy birthday Lyla 🎂♥️🥳🐶🐾 from me and Alex the Sami
Happy Birthday Lyla 🥰❤️🤩🎂
Happy birthday Lyla, Thankyou for all your hard work xxx
Happy birthday Lyla xxx
Happy birthday Lyla❤🐕🍖
Happy Birthday Lyla!! ❤️
Happy Birthday,beautiful dog ♥️
Happy birthday Lyla 🎉
Happy Birthday Lyla🥳
Happy birthday Lyla❤️
Happy birthday Lyla 😊
Happy Birthday Lyla🐾💝🐾💝
Happy birthday beautiful girl 💞💞💞
Happy Birthday Lyla!!! 🎂
Happy Birthday Lyla
Sunday 28th June 2020, 21:26
Dog team stood down following callout in Newport, Co. Tipperary. The missing girl has been located safe and well. ... See MoreSee Less
I hope you find this young teenager safe and well. ❤️
Fingers crossed you find her safe and well
Hopefully found safe & well.
Is civil defence k9 unit in Tippereary tasked to this as well
Please God she is found safe and well.
Be safe lads, hopefully a good result.
🙏🙏 please God, you will find her Safe 👍 stay safe on your searching 🙏🙏☘️☘️
Praying for good news. 🙏🙏🙏
Saturday 27th June 2020, 22:28
Bailey is working towards becoming a search dog. She was rescued from MADRA - Mutts Anonymous Dog Rescue and Adoption and had been an ideal student, well done Bailey! We are looking forward to watching you progress! 🐾Happy 1st Gotcha Day to clever girl Bailey who has just started search and rescue work! Go Bailey, we are so proud of you.💙🐾
"She is so sweet. Currently in training to become an air scenting dog with SARDA Ireland. We'll keep ye updated. Showing great potential".
#MADRA #Adopt #RescueDog #searchandrescue ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday 20th June 2020, 12:53
** CALLOUT 21 **
At 01.50 this morning, SARDA Ireland were tasked by AGS to a missing persons incident in Ballyduff, Co. Waterford. SARDA dog teams arrived on scene within 30mins. Throughout the night and early morning Eadaoin with Search Dog Murphy & Mick with Search Dog Ziggy searched over 10km of river bank and farmland. The dog teams were stood down when a person was recovered from the river, sadly deceased. SARDA Ireland would like to convey our sincere condolences to the missing persons family and friends.
SARDA would like to thank the Ballyduff community for their assistance overnight. Members of the public offered numerous cups of tea, sandwiches and transport to our handlers and were on hand to assist lifting search dogs over farmyard walls.
An Garda Síochána
Blackwater Sub Aqua Club ... See MoreSee Less
amazing work, fantastic team work, ❤
Well done lads.
Rest in peace. Well done to SARDA for their incredible work and amazing dogs.
Well done, thank you too all involved
Thank you all for your kind comments, we really appreciate each and every one.
What great work that SARDA AGS and helicopter 🚁 117 do you all put your lives on hold to help people in trouble it's not easy when the out come of your work doesn't have a happy ending THANK YOU all
Thanks to you all.
Fantastic SARDA response as always !!👍👍👍 RIP
Well done all involved 👍
Well done SARDA especially Eadaoin n Murphy and Mick n Ziggy RIP Mr B, sincere condolences to his family and friends
Rest in peace sad but some comfort the person has been recovered 🙏🙏🙏 well done SARDA and you have returned safely ☘️🇮🇪🙏
So sad, Rest in Peace to the deceased and sympathy to his family and friends. Thank You to you all for the great work ye do.
Well Done SARDA❤ Sorry to hear this sad and tragic ending RIP to this poor soul, and condolences to the family🙏
Very sad news, RIP to the poor man. Thank you for all that you do in circumstances like this. ❤
Well done to all concerned, sympathies to the family of the deceased.
Well done to all. RIP so sad for all the family.🙏🙏🙏
Very sad. May they RIP. well done guys yee do a great job
Rest in peace thanks folks for what you all do
Well done. So very sad for all involved and friends and family 💔
R.I.P. condolences to the family 🙏
Just amazing efforts!
RIP. Well done to all involved
Well done all, sad about the outcome, RIP.
May they rest in Peace ❤️😢
Thursday 18th June 2020, 13:37
SARDA Ireland would like to offer our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Detective Garda Colm Horkan, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty last night.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. ... See MoreSee Less
Tuesday 16th June 2020, 15:54
SARDA Ireland were tasked by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to assist with a missing person search in the Slieve Bloom Mountains yesterday. Thankfully the missing person was spotted by a heli and walked out of the area by SEMRA before our dogs were deployed.
Other agencies Involved:
An Garda Síochána
National Ambulance Service (NAS)
Offaly Fire & Rescue Service
Air Corps 112
Irish Community Rapid Response ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday 4th June 2020, 10:24
Tragic news in the last few days, as Bonnie, a SARDA Ireland Trainee Trailing Dog died after she ate poison that had been deliberately put out on the hill with the intention of targeting wildlife. She and her handler Jim O'Brien were training in the foothills of the Knockmealdowns when the incident occurred.
Bonnie was a beautiful and talented dog who no doubt would have become one of our first SARDA Ireland Trailing Dogs. A tragic loss for Jim, who has lost his beloved pet, and a huge loss to the SARDA Ireland Trailing Dog Team.
RIP Bonnie 🐾
A very kind Facebook follower has set up a SARDA Ireland fundraiser in Bonnie's memory: If you would like to donate (no donation is too small) please visit: www.facebook.com/donate/637670100163379/
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We are so sorry for your loss and hope the perpetrators are brought to justice, such a needless loss of a dog who was destined to help those in need, RIP🐾🐾❤️
So sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Our thoughts are with you all. She will be waiting at the bridge 🌈 ❤️
Thank you everyone for your kind comments, they are lovely to read. This post has reached 50,000 people in only 4 hours and it is a testament to how much everyone feels for Bonnie and her handler Jim. Please try to keep Bonnie's handler in your thoughts when commenting, this is a terrible time for Bonnie's family and we would like for your comments to continue to provide comfort.
Omg such a devastating loss imagine killing an animal so beautiful so intelligent what a loss for yourselves and to those she would of helped. I hope those who done this will be caught shame on them, this is heartbreaking 💔
My god who would do that our family dog was poisoned a number of years ago the heartbreak and sadness the loss to our family rip darling Bonnie.🐶🐶
I am so deeply sorry for your loss .i hope who ever did this is found and brought to justice, how anyone took do such a thing us unforgiveable, the poor dog and the poor owner this is so heartbreaking , rest in peace sweetheart xx
It's an absolute tragedy, only met Bonnie once, such a beautiful natured dog, & so very talented, an awful loss to SARDA & her owner Jim 💔 we need to share this far & wide, the culprits need to be caught & brought to justice!!!!...I also walk my dog in this area, but I won't be from now on....rip beautiful Bonnie xx
That is heartbreaking she is a beautiful girl. So very sorry why does anyone want to kill wildlife and by doing this they have also ended the life of a beautiful and very intelligent girl so very very sad. Love and prayers to you all 💗💗💗🙏🙏🙏🐾🐾
What a horrendous way to loose a dog and one with so much potential to do good. RIP Bonnie....thoughts are with Jim and family.
What a tragedy. My dog was poisoned along Grand Canal by some rat poison but she survived- we were lucky. This is so painful to read about. Leaving out poison is callously irresponsible.
So terribly sorry for your loss. I lost mine to poison a year ago May. If you know who put out the poison, here is some information he may be interested in. Depending on the size of the wildlife being targeted, there is a new style of poison that is harmless to larger animals. It is a single-feeding rodentcide that is actually excess vitamin D. The rodent eats it, the vitamin D upsets the balance of potassium, and the rodent has a heart attack. It is harmless to larger animals that might eat the dead rodent, or any of the poison lying around. A dog would literally have to eat the whole tub of poison to have any detrimental effect. If the person who put out the poison is after larger animals, this probably wouldn't be effective. Then a live trap or a wildlife agent would be a better solution. Certainly would be better than losing a valuable K9 partner and beloved pet. Again, my deepest condolences and prayers. 🙏🙏🙏
I'm so sorry to hear this. She was beautiful. And obviously smart too. Her poor family must be heartbroken. What a disgusting thing to do to innocent animals. I know the chances are slim but I would love to see whoever did this brought to justice. Poor Bonnie. I just hope she didn't suffer too much
That's so thoughtless and so very sorry this poor dog has lost her life and sorry for her owner and trainer who has lost his friend and companion so sorry Jim its wicked ! 💔
So sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Bonnie - our thoughts and sympathy go out to her handler, Jim and his family at this very sad time. 🌈 🐕 💔
So sad reading your news. She looked a beautiful girly . Thinking of you at this sad time.. Vicky and search dog Spice from Search dogs Sussex
Sadly, I know the pain of losing a beautiful clever dog to poisoning. Sorry for your loss.
What a beautiful girl, I’m so sorry to hear this. Take care Jim
A very sad loss for the dog handler, SARDA, Mountain Rescue but most importantly a very sad loss for all those who may have been lost or injured in our islands wild and remote places and require the unique skills of Bonnie. A tragic loss.
RIP Bonnie. So sorry for your loss. A dog is a part of the family and I'm sure she knew how much she was loved. She may be over the rainbow bridge but leaves her pawprints on your hearts forever xx
So sorry to hear the huge loss of, hope this matter will be looked into. Bonnie reminds me of my own dog (Was) who is no longer with us. Feel your pain immensely.
I am so sorry to read this - what a cruel act. I can only imagine how devastating this is for Jim, his family and the wider SARDA family. You are in my thoughts and prayers ❤
So sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful dog bonnie it's terrible what people do to defencless animals a dog that would give their lives for us heartbreaking for you you lost lives best friend
How awful! We had a beautiful red setter who was poisoned also, when I was a child, and I still remember it as though it was yesterday. I now have a beautiful black labrador just like Bonnie, he has a wonderful temperament and I can only imagine the grief Bonnie's family are going through. People who lay poison down like this need to be caught and prosecuted 🥺
Oh my God, this is terrible. Such a huge loss to SARDA and to his handler. Alot of time, money and, more importantly, love goes into training these dogs. I hope whoever is responsible for this is caught but I fear they will not be. Such a beautiful dog. Poor Jim, Margaret and family must surely be heartbroken.
That's is very sad news. Poor Bonnie didn't deserve to die that way..Jim must be devastated..It takes a lot of work training a dog and I'm sure Jim was very attached to Bonnie xx
Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 20:05
BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter has made another great narrated video, this time it features a dog called Nala attempting to catch a bird.
Did you know that SARDA Ireland dogs are stock tested? Our dogs must remain focused and avoid getting distracted by animals that they may encounter when searching for a missing person. #sardafactoftheweek
Your Dog Magazine
Renowned BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter has created his latest video for a good cause, in partnership with Dogs for Good - UK, and their #WinningFromHome competition.
The campaign has sought to highlight the power of our four-legged friends, celebrating why we are a nation of dog lovers. The winning video shows one-year-old Cavapoo, Nala, as she attempts to catch a bird in the garden...
Find out more here: www.yourdog.co.uk/the-your-dog-blog/andrew-cotter-releases-brand-new-video-to-support-charity ... See MoreSee Less
Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) updated their cover photo.
Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 13:25
Sean and Kody. ... See MoreSee Less
Monday 1st June 2020, 22:53
SARDA Ireland were tasked to assist An Garda Síochána with a missing person search in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary earlier today. Thankfully the missing person was found safe and well whilst two of our dog teams were en-route.
Other agencies Involved:
Killaloe Coast Guard Unit
Tipp S & R GROUP /NOSU
Limerick Land Search Team ... See MoreSee Less
Friday 29th May 2020, 9:45
A brilliant reminder from Galway Mountain Rescue Team. We hope everyone enjoys the bank holiday weekend whilst adhering to the guidelines.As we all prepare to enjoy the glorious weather on this bank holiday weekend, we are renewing our appeal to the public to continue their excellent adherence to the Government's public health guidelines surrounding the Covid-19 crisis. Phase 1 of the planned lifting of the restrictions remains in place and we should all endeavour to understand what this means to our day-to-day lives. Visit www.hse.ie for the most up-to-date details regarding the current guidelines.
For those of you lucky enough to get out and about this weekend, we would ask that you enjoy your outdoor exercise within 5km of your home and continue to avoid venturing onto remote upland and mountainous terrain at this time. This will ensure that you do not need to avail of our voluntary emergency search and rescue service.
In the past 48 hours alone, there have been numerous emergency incidents nationwide involving Mountain Rescue teams. These have put the health and wellbeing of our dedicated community volunteers and their families at risk. Please consider this in your weekend plans and encourage others to act as responsibly as you! 👍😎
#MountainRescue #Galway #Clare #HSE #Coronavirus ... See MoreSee Less
Friday 22nd May 2020, 11:00
Does anyone remember seeing SARDA Ireland on RTÉ News back in 2016? You may remember seeing Search Dog Murphy who, at the time, was a trainee search dog! She qualified back in 2017 and has assisted in many missing person searches since. Good girl, Murphy! The video also features Search Dog Dex, who sadly passed away in 2018 after many years of invaluable service to SARDA Ireland. 🐾
The Search and Rescue Dogs Association, the charity that trains and deploys dogs to look for lost people, will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year ... See MoreSee Less
The dogs and handlers with SARDA are just amazing 🥰
Monday 18th May 2020, 16:44
** CALLOUT 17 **
SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána for a missing person search in the Tramore area late last night. Four search dog teams attended the callout.
Search dogs Fia, Lyla, Murphy and Ziggy searched various areas of woodland and coastline during the night.
Sadly, the missing person was recovered today. Our condolences to the person's family and friends during this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Other agencies involved:
Tramore Coast Guard Unit
Tramore Lifeboat RNLI ... See MoreSee Less
Monday 18th May 2020, 13:00
SARDA Ireland Search Dog Teams go through years of training and hard work to become qualified. To qualify, our dogs and handlers complete a 3 day assessment where our external assessors, National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA), ensure that our dogs are capable of working for hours, over multiple days, and in all conditions.
This qualification gives confidence to tasking agencies such as An Garda Síochána and the Irish Coast Guard. When they call us, they know that our dog teams have the specialist skills and experience required to search for missing persons, both on the hill, and more locally in our communities.
The video below, created by NSARDA, gives an insight into why our handlers and dogs devote so much of their time and energy to becoming search dog teams - to help others when they need it most.
Can we ask that you please share this video to help spread the word about the invaluable service that SARDA Ireland provides to the public. Thank you.O2 supports the National Search and Rescue Dog Association in its effort to train and deploy air-scenting search and rescue dogs to search for missing person... ... See MoreSee Less
Harold Burrows Ester Sherlock this is an amazing video!!
Kourtney Power watch the video 🥰
Monday 18th May 2020, 0:04
Third callout of the week. Details to follow. ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday 17th May 2020, 21:50
** Callout 16 **
Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist in a missing person search near Enniskerry on the 15th of May.
SARDA Ireland were tasked to assist in the search operation, as were South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. Dog teams Martina and Ella, and Mick and Ziggy were en-route, when the missing person was thankfully found safe and well.
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My home town great memories of Enniskerry
Well done Michael and ziggy.
Well done Martina and Mick 👍
Friday 15th May 2020, 18:07
A second callout for SARDA Ireland this week. Details to follow. ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday 14th May 2020, 11:50
** CALLOUT 15 **
Search dogs Ella and Ziggy were called out by An Garda Síochána for a missing person search in the Carlow / Kilkenny area yesterday afternoon. Search dogs Murphy and Lyla were on standby to assist if needed.
The missing person was recovered by a local farmer that evening.
Other agencies involved:
Garda Dive Unit
Civil Defence Ireland
Our condolences to the person's family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. ... See MoreSee Less
Rest In Peace 💐
Wednesday 13th May 2020, 21:30
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Tuesday 12th May 2020, 16:32
Bailey just wants to remind everyone to wash those hands! Happy Tuesday everyone! ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday 7th May 2020, 12:59
Our dogs have a busy day lined up... 🐕 ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday 26th April 2020, 14:25
Today is International Day of Search and Rescue Dogs!
Did you know that SARDA Ireland have searched for over 130 missing persons since 2016? Today we want to show you the connection that exists between the handlers and their dogs that makes all these searches possible.
Happy #internationaldayofsearchaNational Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA)National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA)
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Happy search dog day to all humans and furry friends
Class video. 👍
Tuesday 21st April 2020, 11:08
Which SARDA dog are you today? 😂
Let us know in the comments and tag your friends to see how they are doing 🤗
Stay home, stay safe 🐕 ... See MoreSee Less
No 4. I want to practice my singing but neighbours are in all the time now! Aargh!
7,8 and repeat 7 and 8 again 😬🙈
1, 8 or 9😂😂
I'm 1 and 9.. feeling very tired today and grumpy, 🤨🙄
Defo 1 & 3. Trying to steer clear of 5
Peter McGowan David O'Dowd Laura Murray Daniel McChrystal Brian Mc Laughlin
3 and 5 only not as cute looking 🤣
A solid 1 🙈
I’m a solid 3, 4, 5 and 6 🤣🙉
Its a dog life for me.. 🐕🐕🐕
5 & 9 😂😂😂
Louise Murray Jason Murray
Erica Dillon Delany Niamh Cullen Suzanne Seymour Laura McCullagh
Conor Walter number 9
Friday 17th April 2020, 17:24
Say hello to Fred. 😍 Fred is not a SARDA dog, but he has had a hand, or a paw rather, in the training of many of our qualified search dogs over the last 10 or 11 years...
You see, Fred is a sheepdog 🐑 and along with his owner, Terry Brophy, Fred lets prospective SARDA search dogs come to his farm 🚜 to see how they behave around sheep in a test called Stock Testing. Stock Testing makes sure that a SARDA dog does not get distracted by sheep etc. when searching for a missing person, and is critical to any search dog's success 🏆
See the ball toy 🥎 that Fred is lying on? One of our search dogs left it behind at Fred's farm earlier in the year, and Fred has become a little attached to it! Maybe he is missing seeing our SARDA dogs due to social distancing!
Fred, you can keep the toy! We owe you and Terry Brophy a lot more for all your assistance over the years, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! 🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
I am delighted to be able to help any way I can. Fred is not. He never forgave Bono (search dog, not the crooner) for bursting his ball when he was a pup!
Many of you might know this already, but Terry Brophy was involved in one of South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association's most recent call outs, where they rescued sheepdog Ruby after she got stuck on a narrow path on the cliffs near Coumshingaun Lake. We shared the amazing video of the rescue last week for anyone that wants to see something inspiring!
He is a working dog after all, the mud adds to his rugged good looks 🙂
Beautiful clever Fred he is gorgeous
I had the honor to watch Fred in action proofing Fia when I was over a bit ago. So impressive!
Beautiful pup and worn out after a hard day's work on the farm. What a life.
Beautiful heart lifting post, tyvm.
So Fred what this means is you are the Boss Man of them all 😍😍
Love the dirty paws
Good boy Fred
He was in the mud... so cute
Wednesday 15th April 2020, 14:56
** Callout 14 **
Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue team were tasked by An Garda Síochána at 22.25 last night to a missing person in Glenealy, Co. Wicklow. Glen of Imaal MRT requested the assistance of SARDA Ireland to conduct a hasty search in an area that the missing person was known to walk in.
Upon arrival, SARDA Ireland handler Martina assisted with coordination of the hasty search and began searching a forest track with search dog Ella. A navigator was provided by Glen of Imaal MRT.
Thankfully, the missing person was sound safe and well walking on a nearby road.
SARDA Ireland would like to thank Glen of Imaal MRT for their hospitality and assistance during the callout.
Also in attendance:
Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team
An Garda Síochána Dog Unit
K9 Search & Rescue NI
These posts serve to highlight the work which SARDA Ireland and other search and rescue organisations carry out. We truly appreciate your positive comments, likes and shares, but please refrain from any negative comments relating to COVID-19 restrictions. ... See MoreSee Less
Well done Ella.. and Martina. Great outcome. Well done all involved!! ❤️
A good deed Martina and Ella...be proud of yourselves x
Great job Martina & Ella.
Well done Ella & Martina extra bonios for Ella please .
Well done Ella and Martina. Keep up the great work. ❤
Well done Martina and Ella
Well done Martina and of course all important Ella xx 👍🤗
Well done everyone
Looking good Ella. And Martina also.
Well done Martina
Well done girls 🤩
Well done Ella and Martina! Looking great!
Awesome work Martina and Ella!
Great work Martina and Ella 😍
Great job Martina OKearney Flynn and Ella 💕💕
Sunday 12th April 2020, 19:25
Fia says thank you to all the kids who coloured in lovely pictures of her! Please like and share! If any other kids would like to colour in Fia, the link is here: www.facebook.com/SARDA.Ireland/photos/a.171697312937898/2822554414518828/?type=3&theater ... See MoreSee Less
Gorgeous Fia! Look forward to bodying for you again if you come back to Wales when all this is over ❤️
Thank you very much for doing this. The girls were delighted ♥.
This is so cute, Aisling and Tara love it 😍 thank you ❤️
I hope she got some coloured in Easter Eggs .😊
Sunday 12th April 2020, 17:31
This is the most heart warming video we have seen in a long time! A working sheep dog became trapped, and South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association came to the rescue! Well done everyone! They deserve a round of applause 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association
The rescue of a working sheep dog high up on the cliffs above Coumshingaun yesterday was a prolonged operation but there was no time pressure and it is a good example of the skills we have developed in heights rescue. The team members who attended the incident yesterday have completed height rescue courses down the years and it was an excellent opportunity to put those skills to good use. We were more than happy to help a sheep farmer to rescue his working dog from very steep ground in an inaccessible location.
Thanks again to the Coast Guard Rescue 117 for assisting us on two occasions yesterday afternoon bringing team members and equipment high on the mountain and making it possible for us to carry out this rescue with a relatively small number of members. Rescue 117 were themselves out on a training mission at the time. It was a great oppurtunity for inter-agency trainining and learnings can be applied to rescus in the future.
Hopefully this positive story and the happy outcome will give everyone a little lift in these difficult and challenging times. Thanks again to all the walkers who are staying away from the mountains at this time and making our job easier.
We hope our supporters and friends who are so important to us, enjoy this insight to what happens on a mountain rescue. ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday 5th April 2020, 14:51
Search dog Murphy is taking a well earned rest day at home today after a busy callout yesterday evening. What a good girl! 😍 show us how your dogs are spending their Sunday!
You can see that lots of our handler’s dogs have very comfortable places to chill!
Stay home. Stay safe. 🐕 ... See MoreSee Less
Its a Dogs life .... for me too 🤣🤣 happy sunday
Must be a setting on the page, cant add photos. But well done all the Sarda dogs!
Brilliant shots !! 👍
How do we add photos ?
Saturday 4th April 2020, 22:11
** Callout 13 **
SARDA and South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association were tasked by An Garda Síochána at 17:49 this evening to search for a walker who had become disoriented while walking in the woods at Clogheen. Search dog Murphy with handler Eadaoin were dispatched along with SEMRA to search the forest tracks & trails. The walker was found safe and well at 20:20 and was handed over to An Garda Síochána at 20:59 for transport home.
Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) remain operational during Covid-19. ... See MoreSee Less
He is a smasher
Look at that face and those eyes 😍
Omg Murphy is adorable. Well done all.
Beautiful dog, well done
Well done Murphy.. and Eadaoin!! Great outcome.. Love this dog.. (Why was a walker out during covid19? Not very respectful.. but very happy walker was found safe and well).
Well done! Amazing work and great outcome!
Well done Murphy & Eadaoin👍
Good result SARDA and SEMRA
Well done. Don't be so quick to judge. Amazes me how we preach be kind but are straight on keyboards trolling and critizising. In the absence of facts as a front line worker I would support leaving it to the profession's 👌 and as a front line worker in addition to both my sons I go everyday for a walk if I didn't I couldn't do the job but in 5 weeks have had no contact with anyone while doing so.
well done Eadaoin O'Gorman and Murphy 😊
So, no lock down then? Why are people still out walking lije this? Puts great volunteers at risk!!! 🤬🤬
Well done everyone, but have to question was the 2km perimeter being observed.
Well done Murphy and Eadaoin great outcome
Fabulous result for all involved.
Beautiful eyes, 🐶🐶🐶
Well done Semra. Someone was further than 2k from home methinks! Not only ignoring advice but putting emergency services at risk and thats just not right!!
Some people do live beside woods etc. Maybe well within 2km zone. Some people very quick to jump to conclusions. And where do the rules state someone is not allowed to walk? Well done to all involved.
Wednesday 1st April 2020, 14:54
Can you tell that our dogs are the biggest part of our kit? 🐕
A brilliant photo from our sister organisation Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales). #tetrischallengeWe’ve all got a bit more time on our hands at the moment so one of our handlers decided to check his kit and make sure everything was ready in case of a deployment - just need some new batteries for that dog!! ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday 28th March 2020, 19:12
** 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗯𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻 **
Two of our dog teams were placed on standby to search for a missing person yesterday, the 27th of March, as Callout #12.
Thankfully, the missing person was located safe and well.
Thank you to our colleagues Castletownbere Coast Guard, Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat for their hard work.CALLOUT. The team was called out in the late afternoon yesterday when a lady from Castletownbere was reported missing since Tuesday. The CG crew searched through a number of locations along the sea shore and other areas while our boat crew carried out searches on water. Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat was also tasked and assisting with the incident. The search was stood down for the night at 9.30pm, to be resumed again in the early morning. Two dog teams from Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) were also due to join the search today. Happily, just as we were preparing to mobilise this morning, news reached us that the missing person had been located safe and well. We are delighted with this outcome and wish her all the best. ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday 19th March 2020, 9:00
Do you know of any kids that like to colour? We want them to colour in Search Dog Fia, and share it with us on Facebook. 🐕 Maybe you can even add in a background! She is able to search anywhere, so let your imagination go wild!
We will let Fia pick the winner at the end of the month, she has a good nose for talent! She might even post a video saying thanks, hopefully you can all speak 'dog'! 😍
Please share far and wide 🐾 🐕🦺
#workingfromhomelife #colouring #wereinittogether #socialdistancing #COVID19 #ireland #searchandrescue ... See MoreSee Less
Colette Mcgann Wyse here's one for your bambinos.
Davitt Ward another one for your portfolio?
Carol Doherty x
Neville Murphy John Manning
Anew McKnight (for the kids)
Sharon Rattigan Would the kids like this?
Carol Hill for Lucy?
Lesley-Anne UziceCarla Gunning
Gary Helena for Henry
Davina Ni Riada Aoife De Barra Sharon Duggan Fiona O'Gorman Yvonne Murphy
Caroline Hyland Karen Farrell
Laura Walsh a nice little job for Hazel
Laura Murray Fiona Sullivan Elaine Ní Fhíoruisce a big of artwork to pass the day? 😂
Grainne Irwin Dee Murphy
Nicole Shanahan Sarah Quilty
Tuesday 17th March 2020, 18:07
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️ Normally we would be involved in parades in different parts of the country, but as we all know things are a little different this year. Have a look at our LEGO colleagues in their own emergency services parade.
Thank you to all our emergency services and frontline staff for everything they are doing during Covid-19. SARDA have limited our training schedule however we are still responding to call-outs as required.
Stay safe everyone, limit movements 🚷, practice social distancing 🙅🏻 and wash those hands 🧼
Mountain Rescue Ireland
Irish Coast Guard
An Garda Síochána
#rtevirtualparade ... See MoreSee Less
Reminds me of the time you took photos of miniatures beside beer cans etc Brilliant Video 👍🥇
Did I see the ghost buster car in there. Great guys.
Just leave it to you Great job
Louise Burgoyne That must be you at the start with the pink hair 😂
Class well done
Edelle Doherty... did you organize a Lego parade?
That's brilliant Edelle Doherty 🤣🤣
Sunday 15th March 2020, 21:03
We’re honoured to be part of the amazing Mountain Rescue Ireland community. Together we’re there for anyone when they need us.
Hike in the Night - Mayo Mountain Rescue Team
Mountain Rescue Ireland created and shared this informative video with us so we can tell people a bit more about the work carried out by the 11 rescue teams across the island of Ireland. The teams work tirelessly to keep the hills and coastal areas safe; they come together every year for Reek Sunday in Mayo, they share the incredible resource of Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland). 300+ volunteer members across the country, what an amazing community to be a part of. ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday 14th March 2020, 10:23
This weekend we remember the passing of R116 crew, Dara, Mark, Paul and Ciaran at Blacksod exactly 3 years ago today. Paul and Ciaran have never been returned to their families and all are constantly in our thoughts. We also remember at this time Caitríona Lucas, Kevin Hallahan, search dog "Dex" and search dog "Koiru", along with all our search dogs that have passed.
Go Maridis Beo. #SearchAndRescue ... See MoreSee Less
so sad my taughts and prayers with you stay safe
Brian Motyer Neville Murphy Brian Fleming John Manning Terry Brophy
Sunday 8th March 2020, 11:02
Happy International Women’s Day to all our awesome women across Ireland and to the amazing women from other agencies that we work alongside. 💪🏼 🐾
Please share to show your support 🐕
National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) 🐕
Mountain Rescue Ireland 🧗🏻♀️
An Garda Síochána 👮🏼
Irish Coast Guard 🚁
National Ambulance Service (NAS) 🚑
Civil Defence Ireland ⛑
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Great post. Happy Women’s Day everyone.
Friday 6th March 2020, 20:16
Callout #10 and #11 of 2020
On Monday 2nd March, SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána Bandon to a missing person search in the Bandon area of Co. Cork. The search was later stood down when the missing person was located and recovered from the river by Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the missing persons family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
An Garda Síochána
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
Cork West Civil Defence
Mallow Search and Rescue
Irish Search Dogs
Today, SARDA were tasked by Dublin Wicklow MRT and Glen of Imaal MRT to a missing person search in Newtownmountkennady, Co. Wicklow. Michael Grant with Search Dog Ziggy, Gerry Tobin with Search Dog Fia and Eadaoin O'Gorman with Search Dog Murphy responded. Mick and Ziggy arrived on scene just as the missing person was located safe and well by members of Glen of Imaal MRT. A fantastic result, well done to all involved.
An Garda Síochána
Garda Dog Unit
Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue
Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team
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Sunday 1st March 2020, 19:23
As we made their way home from our National Training Weekend, tired and cold, 3 of our members joined their mountain rescue team, South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to assist a fallen walker. Rescue 117 airlifted the patient to safety. We wish the patient a speedy recovery.
The job of a search and rescue team is never done!
South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association
While taking part in a training exercise at Mahon Falls today, SEMRA were tasked by the National Ambulance Service to the scene of a incident next to the Holy Year Cross above Clonmel. Short video of SEMRA members transferring the injured walker to Rescue 117. More details to follow. ... See MoreSee Less
Nice one. I’d say that under the helicopter was NEARLY as windy as training yesterday 😁. Hope everyone is home now with feet up.
Sunday 1st March 2020, 19:05
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Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) is at The Vee Mountain Pass.
Sunday 1st March 2020, 18:52
This weekend, SARDA Ireland dog handlers, search dogs and dogs bodies travelled from across the country and braved the elements to train in The Vee. We had all seasons, sunshine, rain, snow, and a status orange wind warning thrown in too!
Our dog and handler teams were amazing, from the young dogs learning to speak (bark on command), to our qualified dogs who showed the young pups how it’s done.
Many thanks to our dogs bodies and new volunteers who joined us this weekend, it takes a community to make a search dog!
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Fantastic job everyone. Ye're brilliant 😀
Sunday 1st March 2020, 7:46
Call out # 9 of 2020
On Friday Feb 28th SARDA Ireland were tasked to a missing person incident by An Garda Síochána Dingle.
A short time later our dog teams were stood down when a person was recovered by the Irish Coast Guard. SARDA Ireland would like to extend our sympathies to the missing persons family and friends.
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Friday 21st February 2020, 16:52
This week SARDA Ireland received the very sad news of the passing of one of our long-standing search dogs, Koiru. Koiru (Finnish for 'dog') and her handler Pauliina Kauppila completed their first assessment in 2010 and remained on SARDA's callout list for seven and a half years. During that time, the pair responded to numerous callouts with their own team, Castletownbere Coast Guard, as well as in many other locations around the country.
Having carried out her duties to the very best of her ability, Koiru retired from active service in 2017 at the age of 13, now starting to get a little stiff in her joints. She enjoyed her well-earned retirement over the past 2 years in the picturesque Beara Peninsula.
From SARDA's chairperson, Helen NicChonmara: "It was always a joy to watch both Pauliina and Koiru search the hills, so graceful were they together that you might be fooled into thinking this is easy work, but looks are deceiving. We wish you a very peaceful final resting place, Koiru. Take care, Pauliina, we are all thinking of you." ... See MoreSee Less
Condolences to everyone who knew her family friends team and Sarda RIP beautiful search dog best wishes to the handler
I am absolutely gutted! I had the pleasure of meeting Koiru at the mountain festival in killarney & enjoyed throwing sticks for her. What a beauty❤❤ she will be missed xx
Job well done Koiru,, condolences to the handler,, so sad, wish they could live much much longer xx
She has earned his rest so rest peacefully little lady but I know that parting causes such sweet sorrow. Your handler is sent a huge hug and understanding in your loss
I really enjoyed ever walk I had with Koiru, a dog that was never off duty. RIP buddy, the mountains are less safe without you😔
RIP brave girl, enjoy your time in Heaven and run free, you deserve it 😢
RIP Koiru, wonder dog and an amazing team. Xx
Lovely tribute to this special canine Helen.
RIP Koiru, deepest sympathies on your loss Paulina
We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Search Dog Koiru. Our thoughts go out to Pauliina at this impossible time. RIP Koiru, still on the hill. x 🐾💕
Lovely pictures and , I'm sure, even lovelier memories Paulina.
I am so sorry for her loss. 💜
Condolences from SARDA South Wales
Sorry for your loss Paulina ❤️
So sad ... The one and only koiru... And the one and only Pau of course.
God love her
Sorry to hear this
Heartbreaking to loose your furry friend.
John O Loughlin
Laura Fagerroos 😌
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 23:03
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Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) updated their cover photo.
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 20:12
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Brilliant photo, 🐶🐶
Monday 10th February 2020, 22:37
This weekend while three of our dog teams were involved in a search in Co. Meath, other SARDA members attended the Party Leader Training Course which was based in Kilfinane Oetc and on the shores of Lough Gur
The event was hosted by South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association with instructors from Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and beyond.
Some SARDA members participated as trainees while others assisted by acting as casualties. Thanks for a well organized event which was a great opportunity for learning and meeting our MR colleagues from far and wide. ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday 9th February 2020, 18:46
***Call out #6 08.02.2020
Yesterday afternoon, SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána Ashbourne to a missing person incident in Co. Meath.
Martina with Search Dog Ella, Mick with Search Dog Ziggy and Eadaoin with Search Dog Murphy responded.
In three hours of searching the three dog teams covered over 15km of farmland in the Dunboyne area. The search was stood down for the night and Gardai are currently carrying out further investigation.
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Sunday 2nd February 2020, 23:35
Hi all. We have had our assessment weekend in Wicklow and after two tough days of our handlers and dogs being put through their paces we are delighted to tell you that both dog teams have passed!
Gerry Tobin from Tipperary has qualified his second mountain rescue dog Fia and Martina OKearney Flynn based in Wicklow has earned her first prestigious red tag with Fia’s sister Ella.
We thank Gerry and Martina for the years of hard work that has brought them to this point. To their families also, we acknowledge their support and hope that they too are proud today.
One of the ways that SARDA maintains its high standards is to insist on using independent assessments using external assessors. In this case we had the pleasure of having Ian Thompson and Ellie Sherwin of Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and Harold Burrows of Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales) as assessors. We thank them for taking the time to travel from overseas to observe our search dogs teams and cast their professional eye over our working standards. We also thank our Irish assessors Michael, Helen, Don, Pauliina and Henry.
While assessments were ongoing we made the most of the weekend by continuing to train our trainee and qualified air scenting dogs and our trainee trailing dogs. This was done in the company of new members who have just started to get involved.
We would finally like to thank the entire SARDA team that make weekends like this happen. Much work goes into training dogs to our high standard and organizing events such as this one, so we thank you all for your help. We now have two more dog teams in Ireland that will assist in bringing our loved ones home.
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Congratulations Gerry and Martina, and of course Fia and Ella, well done all
Massive congrats Gerry & Fia and Martina & Ella. Fantastic weekend as always
Brilliant news to share...congratulations Gerry & Fia and Martina & Ella for passing your assessments this weekend. Well done indeed both handlers and your dogs in team Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)
Hurray from USA! Strong work bringing those two wiley pups along. Congrats!
Congratulations to you both, well done🎉
Delighted for you both a massive well done 💪🏼👏👏
Congratulations, great achievement 😀
Congratulations Martina OKearney Flynn and Gerry Tobin great achievement, best of luck with Ella and Fia!
Brilliant News , congratulations to all involved
Congrats to your two latest dog teams and to everyone else involved in SARDA. We are all indebted to you.
Congrats to the dogs and their handlers......you are such an integral part of life. Amazing work ! 🐾🎉
Brilliant news from the assessment weekend in Wicklow with Gerry Tobin qualifying with his second mountain rescue dog Fia & Martina OKearney Flynn based in Wicklow who has qualified with Fia’s sister Ella. Huge congratulations Martina & Gerry Tobin. 👏👏👏 Big hugs for Fia & Ella 🍖🍖🍖 Gerry and Martina have like all NSARDA handlers spent years of hard work to achieve this and pass a multi day assessment process demonstrating their abilities repeatedly in 4 different types of search areas. Many thanks to external assessors Ian Thompson and Ellie Sherwin of Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and Harold Burrows of Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales) ensuring that NSARDA maintains the highest standards at all times. Thank you. Huge thanks also to the Irish assessors Michael, Helen, Don, Pauliina and Henry. Whilst this happened training continued for trainee and qualified air scenting dogs and our trainee trailing dogs. Well done to everyone not mentioned but vital to help make this all happen. NSARDA are rightly proud of all their dogs and handlers that get through this gruelling but necessary process to clearly demonstrate and prove their ability to be deployed by Mountain Rescue England and Wales, Scottish Mountain Rescue, Lowland Rescue other agencies and search teams to find vulnerable missing people. Just brilliant team Ireland.
Getting through an assessment like this is a very particular – and exquisite – type of joy! 🙂 Congratulations once again, Gerry and Martina. Well deserved. I am so happy for you both! ❤️
Congratulations. You all do amazing work 😁🐶
Congratulations 🎉 Martina OKearney Flynn!
Was that you near the miners village in Glendasan on Saturday morning ? Saw what might have been a training and wondered.....
Congratulations such an amazing achievement
Great to hear Gerry is back in action 💪🏻 well done to all
Aaaaaah brilliant news, well done, 2 fantastic teams, congratulations!!!!!
Congratulations, well done, and thanks to everyone involved in rescue work for giving so much of your time to prepare to help
Well done Gerry and Fia. Brilliant news.
well done guys..gerry you look the part....congrats too you all.
Good to hear well done
Congratulations to you both and to your dogs!
Sunday 26th January 2020, 20:55
Call-out #5 of 2020
SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána Kinsale to a missing persons incident. Between Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th January, Eadaoin with Search Dog Murphy and Mick with Search Dog Ziggy covered around 13km of woodland, parkland and coastal terrain. Louise and Search Dog Lyla remained on stand by for today.
The search was stood down on Saturday afternoon when a person was located in the water by Old Head/Seven Heads Coast Guard and recovered by Mallow Search and Rescue. SARDA Ireland extends our sincere condolences to the missing persons family and friends.
An Garda Síochána
Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery
Old Head/Seven Heads Coast Guard
Mallow Search and Rescue
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That is very sad but you guys are something. You have our utmost respect.
😢 nonetheless well done to all agencies involved who allowed the persons close to know the body was found.
Having a busy time ,
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 10:00
Earlier yesterday SARDA were tasked by An Garda Síochána Carlow to a missing person incident. Dog teams were stood down en route when searchers in the area recovered a person from the river. Our condolences to the missing person's family and friends. ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday 19th January 2020, 18:58
SARDA held a local training session in Wicklow today. Our ever-loyal dogsbodies spent the best part of the day in their bivvy bags on the hillside, ready for any eventualities – the most probable one of them obviously being found by a very excited (and perhaps a little muddy) search dog. 😅 Thanks for this excellent shot, Edelle Doherty. ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday 18th January 2020, 16:28
CALLOUT. Two of our dog teams, Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy and Louise Burgoyne with search dog Lyla, assisted South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association with this search for a missing person in Co. Tipperary on Friday. Sadly, the missing gentleman was located deceased. RIP.Just after midnight Friday 17th Jan, SEMRA received a request from AGS for assistance in the search for an elderly gentleman who was missing in the Toureen area. A full team call out was made and working from a base at the Silver Sands/Keating’s 4 search parties including, Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland)dog Ziggy and handler Mick, searched the farmland, farm buildings and forest tracks until 5am. The search was stood down temporarily to allow the search teams to re-group and for more team members to join the next phase. The search base re-located to the car park at the Lady Gregory pub and at 8am 4 SEMRA search teams went out again. They were joined by 2 SARDA search dogs - Ziggy with handler Mick and Lyla with handler Louise. Tipperary Civil Defence joined the search with a K-9 unit, a drone unit along with more of their team members. The An Garda Síochána from Cahir were on scene throughout the day to provide support and called in the An Garda Síochána Air Support Unit helicopter to search during the night and again in daylight. Members of the Galtee Walking Club and local people all joined the search. Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail assisted also by sending a crew to check along the railway line. The Defence Force & Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery were on standby to join the search. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of so many people, the deceased gentleman was found shortly before 1pm. SEMRA would like to thank everyone who assisted in the search and to thank the kind people who provided tea & sandwiches to the searchers. Our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased. ... See MoreSee Less
Great effort by all. condolences to his family
Saturday 11th January 2020, 14:16
Just a few snaps of our team collecting around Cork today. Rubs available all day. No appointment needed. ... See MoreSee Less
We need to respond to a message from a concerned volunteer (with a bushy beard). THE RUBS ARE FOR DOGS ONLY. We may, in future hold a beard rubbing event if we can get the permit.
We met Penelope and tracker today on Patrick street. Stunning dogs. ❤.
Well done guys and dogs
Friday 10th January 2020, 11:23
We are doing our annual fund-raising collection in Cork tomorrow (Sat 11th). You will find our collectors and SARDA dogs in the city centre and all the main shopping centres (Bishopstown, Douglas Court, Blackpool and Wilton) all day tomorrow. Come and meet the dogs and chat with the handlers if you're around! ... See MoreSee Less
Good Luck guys! Hope you raise loads of money 😉
Sunday 5th January 2020, 11:29
Last night SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána to a missing person incident in the South Cork area. SARDA dog handlers Eadaoin O'Gorman with Murphy and Michael Grant with Ziggy responded. The dog teams were en route when the missing person was located safe and well. Well done to all the agencies involved. ... See MoreSee Less
Friday 3rd January 2020, 10:47
This morning SARDA Ireland were tasked by An Garda Síochána in Clonakilty to assist in the search for a missing person in the area. As the dog teams were preparing to travel the missing person was located deceased. Our condolences to the missing persons family and friends. ... See MoreSee Less
Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) updated their profile picture.
Thursday 2nd January 2020, 10:05
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Monday 30th December 2019, 23:48
Earlier tonight SARDA were tasked by the Gardaí in Tulla, Co. Clare to assist in the search for a missing boy in East Clare. Jarlath Folan with search dog Syd and Michael Grant with search dog Ziggy responded while Louise Burgoyne with Lyla were to join the search later. Niall Devery was also involved as a member of Killaloe Coast Guard Unit
Our dog teams were stood down en-route at approximately 9:30PM when the missing boy was located safe and well by a Garda patrol.
Another great outcome, well done to all involved.
Agencies involved included:
An Garda Síochána
Killaloe Coast Guard Unit
Doolin Coast Guard
Limerick Land Search Team
Tipperary Search And Rescue Group ... See MoreSee Less
Great outcome well done
Great result everyone❤
So glad the boy was found. Well done to all
That’s great news
Well done lads
Monday 30th December 2019, 11:44
SARDA dog team Michael Grant and Ziggy were on their way home from training in Wicklow yesterday when they were called out to this incident in the Comeragh mountains, along with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association. The missing pair were located safe and well by the rescue team. Well done to all involved!SEMRA received a request from AGS Waterford at 16:20 this afternoon to assist a father & daughter who had got into difficult terrain with fog closing in above Mahon Falls. A full team call out was initiated, Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) search dog Ziggy & handler Mick Grant also responded. The first SEMRA members on scene went up to locate the walkers. A second and third group followed, bringing the 2 team land rovers up the shoulder as far as possible. They then proceeded on foot to meet up with the first group. The father & daughter were able to walk off the hill escorted by SEMRA & arrived back at the car park at approx 19:00, a bit cold and tired but safe and well. ... See MoreSee Less