Originally established in June 2010 as “Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary” located in Co Kerry, the facility was destroyed by a severe storm in March 2014. At that point, the organisation rebranded as “Seal Rescue Ireland” and moved to the current site in Courtown, Co Wexford, where we’ve continued our work ever since. Since 2014, our responsive conservation efforts have resulted in successful rehabilitation and release of over 350 EU protected, indigenous, grey and common (harbour) seals. 


Seal Rescue Ireland is a not for profit Charity (CHY 21315 / RCN 20108519) that works around the clock with a team of hard working resident volunteers to care for Grey and Common Seals from around the coast of Ireland. We deal on average with over 100 seal pups per year who come in to the centre injured, sick or orphaned. We aim to rehabilitate the pups back to full health and then return them to the wild when they are fit and ready.
We rely entirely on the public coming in to the centre to fund our work. We are open daily for visitors to see the rehabilitation work first hand and see the seals in care. Our volunteer interns provide guided tours of the facility to inform guests about the steps of the rehabilitation process, and the stories about each individual animal in care.

Seal Rescue Facilities

The Rescue Centre comprises of 3 out of view intensive care units, twelve kennels with baths,  four large nursery pools, public viewing area, a food preparation kitchen and our visitor centre with gift shop, bathrooms and education area.

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Returning Seals to the Wild

The centre is at its busiest during the two pupping seasons. Common seals are born during
the summer months of June and July and grey seals between October and December. Once the pups have been through the rehabilitation process our aim is to release all our rescued seal pups back into the wild when they are healthy.  

For this reason we cannot guarantee that there will always be seal pups at the sanctuary, although it is very rare that we have none at all! 

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The beautiful Courtown Harbour is nestled quietly amongst a vast area of natural beauty. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway or even a day trip down from Dublin or the Midlands make the quick trip down the “The Sunny South-East”.
Things to do:

  • Explore the wild & well kept Courtown Woods, with walkways for all ages.

  • Follow your toes as you wander along the sandy, East coast

  • Get your swimming trunks on and dive into the Irish Sea


  • Enjoy a frothy pint of Ireland’s black gold and a deliciously warm bite to eat at one of Courtown’s cafe’s, bars, restaurants or pubs.

  • Have a laugh at Pirate’s Cove, Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre, Flanagan’s Wharf, Courtown Amusement Centre or any of the other activities you’ll find if you come visit this gorgeous coastal community.

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 For more information on the process of Rescue to Release of the seal pups, please see our "What We Do" page