THE pregnant mum at the centre of a Tiger kidnapping told her toddler son that the terrifying ordeal was all just a game.
Brave Sharon Lambe protected her son from the frightening four-man gang attack on her husband Martin.
She set off the panic alarm installed in the couple's house in Cluain Ard, Kilmeade near Athy, Kildare -- and then calmly told her son that the incident was a game so that he wouldn't be frightened.
Sharon, who is five months pregnant, rewarded her toddler son Charlie (2) with a present after the ordeal was over.
A group of men appeared on the scene as Mr Lambe was leaving for work with security company G4S Cash Solutions at 5am yesterday.
Mr Lambe called out a number of times and Sharon activated the alarm inside the house before the men could get to her.
The gang went into the bedroom and told Sharon to wake the child out of his bed -- and she told him they were playing a game with their dad.
The thugs took the family out of the house with blankets over their heads.
It's believed that the gang brought the couple, who are in their 30s, and their son to nearby bushes to hide before moving them to the back of a van parked outside.
There they struggled to handcuff Mr Lambe before gardai arrived on the scene a short time later and the men fled on foot.
It's understood that they left a Peugeot van behind, while the Lambes sought refuge in a neighbour's house.
A statement by G4S Cash Solutions said that the company is "thankful" that there member of staff was unharmed.
"All security systems and procedures worked effectively," the statement added.
Gardai cordoned off the house and were yesterday conducting technical examinations.
Anyone who was travelling on the nearby N78 between Kilcullen and Athy yesterday morning is asked to contact Kildare Garda Station on 045 527730 with any information.
This is the third Tiger kidnapping in Kildare in as many weeks and the fourth around the country in the last month.
General Post Office (GPO) senior executive Liam O'Sullivan and his wife Mary were taken prisoner from their home at Fennore at the start of this month.
And on Good Friday, there was another attempted Tiger kidnapping in Prosperous, Kildare, where a 50-year-old postmistress, her mother (75) and sister (45) were taken hostage by four masked thugs.