Mountain Rescue Ireland

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Mountain Rescue Ireland (Cumann Tarrthála Sléibhte na h-Éireann) operates the mountain rescue services on an island-wide basis in Ireland under the umbrella name Irish Mountain Rescue Association (IMRA).[1]

IMRA is a member of the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (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 Garda Síochána 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, that 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 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 Ireland

Sperrin Mountains, County Antrim and County Fermanagh

Mourne Mountains


  1. ^ "Three names?". Mountain Rescue Ireland. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Members". IKAR-CISA. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "2008 Winners, Northern Ireland". The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The Cabinet Office. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 

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