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Railway kittens survive thanks to teamwork and quick thinking of a passer-by

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Bray rail workers Frank Byrne and Ciaran Devitt with the box of rescued kittens. Photo: Dee Dooley.

Bray rail workers Frank Byrne and Ciaran Devitt with the box of rescued kittens. Photo: Dee Dooley.

The white kitten fell from the railway bridge.

The white kitten fell from the railway bridge.

Rescued Bray railway kitten.

Rescued Bray railway kitten.

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Bray rail workers Frank Byrne and Ciaran Devitt with the box of rescued kittens. Photo: Dee Dooley.

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A litter of kittens is alive thanks to the quick thinking and sharp hearing of a passer-by.

Dee Dooley was out walking her dog last Sunday September 25, when she saw a woman standing underneath the Sidmonton avenue rail bridge. The woman had her hands outstretched out with a tiny kitten safely nestled in them. The kitten had fallen from the rail bridge overhead.

That weekend, there were well-publicised rail disruptions, and Bray (Daly) station was closed. The tracks were silent due to ongoing works.

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Dee Dooley says the woman was apparently staying in the Martello and her bedroom overlooked the track. It was by chance she happened to be out getting some air when she was called in to action. Dee said the woman told her: “It just fell down, and there is another two wee kittens popping their heads over." Sure enough there were more in need of rescue.

Dee dropped her dog home and went directly to the train station with the kitten. She met two rail workers there who she informed of the situation. The workers found a little box for the kitten Dee brought to them and said they would walk the line shortly to see what they could find. Dee left her phone number with the rail staff and made her way back to the bridge.

A couple of minutes later Dee was back on the scene and could hear feint ‘meows’. She said: “A few minutes later I saw them (the men) coming. In no time, they had located three more kittens and the mother and brought them to safety. I knew the kitten wasn’t hurt because the woman had caught it brilliantly."

The kittens were living in a den right next to the track.

Ciaran Devitt and Frank Byrne were the rail workers who helped reunite the family. Ciaran said: “Frank and me brought the white kitten that had fallen from the bridge back to the rest of the kittens that were located just north of the bridge. We wanted to bring it back to its mother as it was quite young.”

On seeing the kittens were healthy the two men decided to leave leave them safely nearby, and to monitor them later in the day. The following morning they found the kittens had been removed completely.


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