Mountain Rescue Ireland

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Mountain Rescue services in Ireland operate under the umbrella association of Mountain Rescue Ireland (Cumann Tarrthála Sléibhte na h-Éireann in Irish) (Irish Mountain Rescue Association) (IMRA).[1]

IMRA is a member of the International Commission for Mountain Rescue (Internationale Kommisia fur Alpines Rettingwesen, (IKAR-CISA)).[2]

Voluntary mountain rescue teams in Ireland are independent charities whose membership consists of highly trained volunteers who are called out by the an Garda Síochána (Police) in the Republic of Ireland or the Coastguard in Northern Ireland.

Teams exist in all the major mountain areas in Ireland. These teams are independent democratic bodies. A federation of the teams form the overall body, Mountain Rescue Ireland which supports and represents them.

Each team has its own area of responsibility but can deploy outside these areas in support of other teams.

The association teams are also supported by SARDA Ireland (Search and Rescue Dog Association-Ireland) and the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO).

SARDA Ireland is a voluntary emergency search and rescue organisation concerned with the training, assessment and deployment of Air Scenting Search and Rescue Dogs, to search for missing persons in the mountains, woodlands rural and urban areas including rivers, lakes and seashores, as well as avalanches and demolished buildings.


The Mountain Rescue Teams (MRT) are located in the following areas:

Wicklow and Dublin area

South East of Ireland

Galtee Mountains, the Blackstairs, the Comeraghs, the Knockmealdowns and the Slieve Blooms.

Southern Coastal Cliffs, the Comeraghs, and the Knockmealdowns

Cork and Kerry area

Mountainous areas of Counties Cork and Kerry, primarily the peninsulas of Beara, Iveragh and Dingle.

Galway area

Mountainous areas of counties Galway and Clare.

Mayo area

Sligo and Leitrim area

  • Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team

Donegal area

Mountains of Slieve League, Bluestack Mountains, Errigal, Muckish, Derryveagh Mountains and the Inishowen Peninsula.

North West of Northern Ireland

Sperrin Mountains, County Antrim and County Fermanagh

Mourne Mountains


  1. ^ "Mountain Rescue Ireland". Mountain Rescue Ireland. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "IKAR-CISA". IKAR-CISA. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "2008 Winners, Northern Ireland". The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The Cabinet Office. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 

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