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A Limerick man helping a swan cross the road has become a hero on Facebook

Good man Jack.

ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, Limerick Animal Welfare got word that there was a loose swan on Sarsfield Bridge in the city centre.

Unfortunately, they were 25 miles away, so one man had to step forward to help the swan cross the road and guide it back to the safety of water.

And that man was Jack

swannie Source: Limerick Animal Welfare Facebook

The charity shared the photos on their Facebook page on Sunday evening, and it’s a story worthy of a cutesy Hollywood movie:

Jack give us a call yesterday to say a swan was on the bridge and what could be done to help. After getting some information on the condition of the swan we talked to Jack about the possibility of either lifting or guiding the swan to the slipway and back to the safety of the water.
Jack realised we were 25 miles away and the swan was in danger for traffic so he guided the swan to safety and made sure traffic stopped to allow the bird to cross the street. It took time but as you can see from the photos taken by Deirdre Power, this gentleman successfully returned the swan back onto the river.

“Our sincere thanks to you Jack. You did yourself and Animal Welfare proud and most of all you helped a bird in need when we could not be there.”

swannie2 Source: Deirdre Power/Limerick Animal Welfare Facebook/

The photos they provided – taken by Deirdre Power – show Jack making sure the swan stayed away from traffic and are pretty much the most adorable thing Irish Facebook has seen in quite some time.

Be grand

swannie4 Source: Deirdre Power/Limerick Animal Welfare

“This way young swan”

swannie5 Source: Deirdre Power/Limerick Animal Welfare Facebook

Jack told The Limerick Leader about the reception he got as he navigated the bridge:

There were a couple of tourists hanging around but they didn’t know what to do. No one else really stopped to help. I kept whistling at him, and he just followed me, although we were stuck in the middle of the road for a while, and motorists kept laughing at us trying to get across.

He led him all the way down to the water <3

swannie7 Source: Deirdre Power/Facebook

And in the swan went

swannie6 Source: Deirdre Power/Facebook


The Limerick Swan Whisperer will be in all good cinemas by 2019, surely.

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