Saturday 16 December 2017

So fur so good... stowaway cat gets ideas far beyond its station

Shane Hickey

IT was the story of a missing cat, an unpaid €1.20 fare and a massive internet and word of mouth campaign.

'Lilou' the tabby was sleeping contentedly at home in Dublin yesterday after coming to national attention when she boarded a DART train and travelled halfway across the capital.

The six-month-old moggy was found in Pearse station on Wednesday, when a member of the public handed her into staff after she was discovered travelling alone on a carriage.

It was established she had boarded in Malahide and the search began for her owners.

Shortly after a press release from Irish Rail went out, Lilou became an internet sensation.

Thousands of people on Twitter began forwarding news of her plight to their friends.

Meanwhile, in Malahide, restaurant manager Eric Bieci thought he had lost a family pet who had been with him for just six weeks.


His feline was feared dead after it went missing on Monday night. However, a friend soon called to say a cat matching Lilou's description had been found by Irish Rail.

"All night we went everywhere for the cat. Honestly, we thought she died. She is so small. It was on the news during the morning and someone called me to say that they found a cat," Eric said.

"I called the information in Pearse station and they said she had come from the north."

Lilou -- temporarily renamed Dart -- had been looked after by staff in the human resources department at Irish Rail and was said to be a "bit nervous" of her new surroundings, spokesman Barry Kenny said.

A number of people contacted the station, saying they would take care of her should her owners not turn up.

However, when feline and owner were reunited, all was good again.

"We are so happy. She is so nice. She is young and she looked very tired. Three days outside is a lot. Now she is sleeping," Mr Bieci said.

And as for the missing €1.20 child fare from Malahide to Pearse?

"We will let her off with a warning," Mr Kenny said.

Irish Independent

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