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'I am sickened about how they treated my gran' - Could this be the greatest grandson in Ireland?

Published 03/06/2015 | 15:15

Zach McCarthy bought the rail tickets with his confirmation money
Zach McCarthy bought the rail tickets with his confirmation money

A young Irish boy (13) has written to the media in protest at the way his grandmother was treated on public transport.

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Zach McCarthy, from Blackrock in Co Dublin, has said his journey to Cork with his 76-year-old granny with Irish Rail was not a very pleasant one.

It started off well at Dublin Heuston Station with the young teen buying the rail tickets with his own confirmation money.

However, after a "loud announcement came over the sound system", passengers rushed to claim their seats on the train ahead of the duo.

"We weren't fast enough though and my granny and I stood for the three hours that the journey lasted and my granny's back still hurts now," Zach wrote in a letter to the Irish Examiner.

"The train was full of people standing, with 30 people sitting on the floor and a pregnant woman standing, holding her belly.

"I am sickened by this: it was a dreadful act of cruelty towards old and pregnant women. Irish Rail let the people down and there's no excuse for it."

The Dublin boy has called on the train firm "to find a new way of ticketing on our trains as this is horrendous".

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