COME VISIT US daily from 10 am - 5 pm
Seal Rescue Ireland opened in March 2014 after our original rescue centre, The Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary in County Kerry was destroyed in winter storms. Dingle was operational from June of 2010 and closed down after the storm damage. Thankfully we were offered a new start in Courtown, County Wexford where have continued our rescue work!
Seal Rescue Ireland is a not for profit Charity (CHY21315) 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 around 60-80 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, three large nursery pools, public viewing area, a food preparation kitchen and our visitor centre with gift shop, bathrooms and education area.
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.
If you are interested in seeing the seal pups in rehabilitation we recommend calling ahead of time to confirm that we have patients in our care.