When pupils in a Dunboyne secondary school say they are going to see the lab they don’t mearidor … even when the pupils just see him.”

The school has more than 1,200 students, but Travis has a calming effect particularly on students with autism.

“They love him, and he just cheers them up,” Mr. McCarrick said.

Travis starts his school day like everyone – he arrives in the morning and leaves after the last class.

He is always by Mr McCarrick’s side.

“He spends time in class, the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) unit, with smaller groups, popping into classes. He is always by my side and does not greet students until he’s told to go say hello.”