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'Incredible journey': Owner of 'Hamish' the rail-riding dog comes forward

The response to the terrier’s trip to the Big Smoke has been “overwhelming”, Irish Rail has said.

Hamish. 'Hamish the terrier at Heuston Station Source: Irish Rail

THE OWNER OF ‘Hamish’ – a terrier who made a 28km solo train journey from Co Kildare to Dublin yesterday – has been found, according to Irish Rail. 

Irish Rail has confirmed that the dog’s real name is Tyson. 

The terrier is currently staying with Irish Rail staff member Ted Maher, who volunteers with animal welfare charity My Lovely Horse Rescue. The charity is now chipping the dog so he can be found if he goes missing again. 

Following his arrival at Heuston Station yesterday morning, the intrepid terrier disembarked at Platform 7 and was kept company by Irish Rail’s communication staff at the station as the call was put out on social media to try track his owner. 

“Anyone lost their dog? We have this little fella in Heuston,” Irish Rail tweeted. “He was found on the 08.46 Sallins – Heuston. Help us find the owner.”

Dubbed ‘Hamish’ by Irish Rail staff, the terrier had tried to board the previous 8.33 Sallins service, Irish Rail spokesperson Barry Kenny told

“He seems to have been at the station for a bit of time. The previous train…he made an effort to board that as well,” he said.

Boarding the 8.46 Sallins service, ‘Hamish’ hopped on the seats and made himself comfortable for the 30 minute train journey to the capital.

The response to the terrier’s trip to the Big Smoke has been “overwhelming”, Kenny has said. Following the call-out, a number of people came forward offering Hamish a home. 

A “family reunion” has yet to be confirmed, according to Irish Rail. 

With reporting by Cónal Thomas

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