Sunday 8 December 2019

Boy (5) found alone near Luas stop is reunited with his mum

EAGLE-EYED: Driver Barry Paterson spotted the lost boy
EAGLE-EYED: Driver Barry Paterson spotted the lost boy

Lynda O'Donoghue Donnelly

A five-year-old boy has been reunited with his relieved mother after being found wandering alone close to a Luas line.

He was spotted by tram driver Barry Paterson who noticed the youngster by himself at the Blackhorse stop.

Mr Paterson first saw the boy while he was on his way to Saggart.

“I saw that there was nobody with him,” he said.

“I radioed to control and security were just a few stops away so they went up to have a look for him but he wasn’t there,” he added.

When Mar Paterson was returning towards the city centre last Monday evening, the boy was still alongside the tram lines and boarded the Luas on his own.

At this point, the driver decided to investigate.

Mr Paterson, a father-of-four from Scotland, left his cab to check on the youngster.

“I spoke to him and he told me his name and where he lived. When I asked him some of the questions he didn’t seem to understand,” he said.

“I just noticed him because he was on his own and he was very small. He was five years old but he only looked about four.

“He was not upset, he was fine, not over-awed by the situation,” said Mr Paterson, who lives in Tallaght.

A Luas spokeswoman said the company was very pleased to see the young boy reunited with his parents.

“Our control contacted Sundrive Garda Station to inform them that the young boy was on the Luas and his mother was in the Garda Station looking for the child,” she said.

“He was handed over to customer service staff on the Luas and they stayed with him at Blackhorse until the Garda and his mother arrived,” she added.

The boy was reunited with his ‘very relieved’ mother at around 7.30pm on Monday.

The incident echoes a recent case in Limerick where a two-year-old boy wandered from his home in Garryowen.

Theo Costello ended up over a kilometre away on one of the busiest roads in the city in the early hours of the morning on March 19.

He was found on the Dublin Road shortly after 2am by University of Limerick student James Ryan, who alerted gardai.

Mr Ryan was returning home from work in a local nightclub when he spotted the toddler wandering on the road.

Christine Costello (26) said her son, Theo, had managed to get out of his cot and out of the front door of his home.

Ms Costello said she knew nothing of his disappearance until gardai arrived at her home at around 4am.

(The Herald)

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