Thursday 19 April 2018

Purrfect solution as DART cat gets 'licence' to stray

Louise Hogan

THE country's most adventurous tabby cat has just been issued with her very own DART travel smartcard -- just in case she strays again.

Cat commuter Lilou, who caused a sensation after sneaking on board a DART train only to travel half way across the capital, has now been issued with her own official 'licence' to wander.

Last time, railway officials let her off with a warning over the unpaid fare, but next time they'll expect the six-month-old cat to be fully paid up on account of having her own smartcard depicting a slightly startled moggy.


Word quickly spread on the internet that an adventurous cat had snuck on to the train in Malahide and was found in Pearse Station on Wednesday.

She was joyfully reunited with her owner -- Malahide-based restaurant manager Eric Bieci -- who revealed the young cat was now happily sleeping at home after her exhausting travels.

Irish Rail spokesman Barry Kenny revealed it was highly unusual to find a cat venturing on to the DART, but their canine compadres often proved far more adventurous.

"The odd time you might see a dog run on to the DART but it is just not a cat thing to do," he said. "The cat just sauntered on to the DART at Malahide and was sitting up on the seat.

"She seemed to befriend passengers on the journey and a woman handed her over to staff at Pearse Station."

Irish Independent

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