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‘Hamish’ to be reunited with owner after solo train ride

Fans christened the train-loving terrier "Hamish" but it turns out his real name is Tyson. Credit: Credit: Iarnród Éireann

The owners of an adventurous Irish dog who took a solo train ride to Dublin have been found.

Irish Rail announced the happy ending to a shaggy dog's story that has captivated pet lovers on social media.

The canine commuter boarded the 0846 in Sallins, Co Kildare on Wednesday morning and joined bemused passengers on a 30 minute journey into Dublin's Heuston Station.

Irish Rail's efforts to track down his owners proved a hit on social media, with its Twitter appeal shared and liked thousands of times, as fans christened the train-loving terrier "Hamish".

But it turns out his real name is Tyson, and Irish Rail said a reunion with his owners was now planned.

Announcing the news on Thursday afternoon, the operator joked: "The movie rights are exorbitant.”

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Ted Maher, who works for Irish Rail but also volunteers at an animal sanctuary My Lovely Horse Rescue, looked after Tyson overnight on Wednesday.

Irish Rail later highlighted that both "Hamish" and "Tyson" were trending on social media, generating more tweets between them than German chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Dublin for Brexit talks.

The operator tweeted "#SorryAngela".