The Purpose of Cave Rescue

Caves, potholes, abandoned mines and surface shafts and other underground cavities exist within every county in Ireland. Occasionally people or animals may get into difficulties in these and may require assistance from experienced personnel.

Rescue Personnel

The Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO) is a self help organisation specialising in cave rescue who have recognised the need for expertise in such situations and who will attend, manage and carry out rescues at the request of the police.

Throughout Ireland cave rescue is the responsibility of the police forces, the Garda Síochána in the Republic and the PSNI in Northern Ireland.

Cave Rescue Training

ICRO personnel hold a number of training events throughout the year. Further information can be found on the training page.


ICRO would like to acknowledge the support received from Viewranger in the provision of digital maps for Ireland North & South.


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