Big cat sighting near Naas!
I received this email Tuesday 17th of February. It’s from Sórcha Bracken-Conway, with the subject ‘ Large cats in Kildare?’ We’re posting it on her approval, and in good faith. As she says ‘…feel free to add the mail I sent ya to your site, I’d be interested in finding out if anyone’s had similiar experiences!’
The other day I was driving from Mullacash (outside of Naas, Co. Kildare) to Kilcullen with my boyfriend. It had just started to get properly dark as we left. About 5 or 6 mins up the road from his house we spotted something in the hedge up ahead of us. I slowed my car down quite a bit, it is a rural area and there’s often some sort of wildlife about! We crept past it in silence until my boyfriend turned and said to me “What the hell was that? Did you see it? It looked like a panther!”. The only way I can describe it is it was about 2.5 maybe 3 feet in height to the shoulder, well muscled, pitch black with green eyes and a long cats tail. Is there any other instances of things like this being seen in Kildare, or elsewhere for that matter? It was no dog, that’s for sure & the boyfriends family breed domestic cats and he has assured me that whatever it was we saw was no normal moggie, feral or otherwise!
We got another email from Sórcha, on February 19th:
Right, lemme think about this… It was on or near Tuesday the 10th of this month, maybe a day or two later. I was just after picking my boyfriend up at his house so it would have been about 7:30, 8pm(ish).
Location is a little bit more complicated as I don’t know the name of the road we were on at the time. Best way I can place it is as you’re travelling from Naas to Kilcullen in Co. Kildare there’s a turn off on your left that’s marked as the Dunlavin/Brannockstown road. If you take this turn there is another left off it only a few feet up the road. The name of this road I don’t know, we just call it “Smullen’s road” after the family that live at the top of it! Anyway, it was a few hundred feet up that road that we saw the cat thing. We were travelling in the opposite direction to those I’ve given you, so the ditch in question would have been on our right, but would be on your left as you were travelling down ok?
There was a few really bad potholes (which have since been filled in) so we were going fairly slow when we passed it, that’s how we got such a good look at it. As I said before, it was pure black, about 2 maybe 2 and a half feet to the shoulder and very muscular. It turned towards us as we passed and the headlights caught its eyes which glowed bright green. It’s snout was fairly short and cat-like, it’s ears were flattened against its head so we couldn’t really make them out. The body of the cat was not something we looked at in detail, as it was the eyes that had caught our attention. From what I saw it was maybe 3 or so feet in length, with a very powerful yet compact build. It’s tail was about the length of its body, maybe a little bit shorter and set low but curled slightly upwards at the end (same as house cats tend to do). It stared back at us while we were passing it then disappeared into the field there that leads up Mullacash Hill. There’s really nothing else I can think of, far as I can recall it was a clear, dry night so whatever we saw was not a shadow seen through fog or heavy rain!
Oh yeah and my full name is Sórcha Bracken-Conway. Feel free to use this information in any way you like for your site. I’d love to know if anyone else has seen this, not just in my area but anywhere else!