SARDA members pictured at The Sallows Hostel, Clogheen, before setting off for a day's training at the Vee, l-r: Simon Kelly, secretary SARDA with Flash; Gerry Tobin, SARDA training officer with his Collie Retriever Dex; Sheelagh O'Malley, SARDA PRO with Rowan and Pauliina Kauppila with her dog Koiru.

The Search and Rescue Dog Association, SARDA, held a national training weekend at the Vee, in Clogheen on Saturday last, taking respite at the eco-accommodation, training and events centre, The Sallows hostel in Clogheen.

SARDA Ireland is a voluntary 999/112 emergency search and rescue organisation concerned with the training, assessment and deployment of Air Scenting Search and Rescue Dogs to search for missing persons.

Pauliina Kauppila from SARDA with her search and rescue dog, Koiru who were in training last weekend in the Clogheen area.


The dog teams, which consist of the handler and their dog, operate effectively in the mountains, woodlands, rural and urban areas, waterways and seashore, as well as in locating accident or disaster victims nation wide.

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