Cat travels 12kms into Limerick in a car engine

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A LOCAL dog took the train to Dublin last month – now a cat has travelled in a car engine from the Clare Glens to Castletroy.

A LOCAL dog took the train to Dublin last month – now a cat has travelled in a car engine from the Clare Glens to Castletroy.

Patch the dog was reunited with his owners but sadly Smokey the cat is still missing.

Mary Heffernan says her family’s feline climbed into a neighbour’s car engine last week. How he wasn’t killed on his 12km journey from Newport to Castletroy is a mystery.

“When she pulled up to work at Vistakon a cat jumped out of her car and ran away. It wasn’t until Tuesday evening when we were looking for him that we met her. She didn’t know it was our cat until we put two and two together,” said Mary.

The cat is very precious to the Heffernans as he was rescued as a kitten.

“He was being attacked by magpies down the road He was only a couple of weeks at that stage, magpies had broken his tail off and given him a bit of a doing. Dad found him, rescued him and brought him home,” said Mary.

He has already used up one of his nine lives and the Heffernans hope his run of good luck continues.

Smokey’s tail is docked from the magpies’ attack so he is very distinctive. He is a 5 year old male, with a grey coat, white bib and paws and was wearing a navy collar with a bell.

Mary says Smokey is a “real pet” and will come if his name is called.

“We are still hopeful of getting him back because he stands out so much. A lady thinks she saw a cat fitting his description run in to a field on the Golf Links Road on Wednesday night.

“We think he wants to come home but he’s lost, so it would be lovely to get him back and make sure he’s all right.

“You would worry,” said Mary, who has been searching every day for Smokey in the Castletroy/Monaleen/Annacotty areas.

She asks people who may see Smokey to contact her on 0871383090 or if they can pick him up she will collect him immediately.