Seal Rescue Ireland is a registered charity that works around the clock to rescue, rehabilitate and release native seal pups found orphaned, sick and injured across the coast of Ireland.
As the only seal rescue centre in the Republic of Ireland, we respond to seal strandings nationwide and are faced with a growing number of intakes each year. We aim to rehabilitate the pups back to full health so that we can return them to the wild. By educating and engaging the public in solution-based, proactive conservation efforts, we aim conserve the natural world.
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 efforts have resulted in successful rehabilitation and release of over 350 EU protected, native seals.
Our facility comprises of 6 (out of view) intensive care units, twelve kennels with baths & heat mats, four large nursery pools, a seal hospital/ food prep kitchen, a public picnic and garden area, and our visitor centre with and education space and gift shop.