THE power of Twitter was once again highlight in Ireland recently when the social networking and message-sending site solved a missing dog query in just over a half-an-hour.

Patch, a Jack Russell, went missing when he hopped on a Dublin-bound Irish Rail train at Kilcock, a town on the outskirts of the Irish capital, on Wednesday morning.

He was discovered on the train when it arrived in Dublin and the internet-savvy staff there took a picture of Patch and attached it to a tweet informing the world that he was unaccompanied on his arrival

The power of Twitter then went into overdrive and 32 minutes later the original tweet had been re-tweeted more than 500 times until it was spotted by owner Deirdre Anglin who promptly claimed Patch as her own.

 Deirdre added: “I did “the usual social network thin - posting pictures of the dog on my Facebook account and appealing for followers to spot him.”