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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Tributes paid to long-serving vet Jack Powell

Jack Powell, the country's longest serving vet, has died at the age of 101
Jack Powell, the country's longest serving vet, has died at the age of 101

Jack Powell, the country's longest-serving vet, died recently at the age of 101.

Born into a farming family at Toomevara, Co Tipperary in May 1913, Jack (pictured below in a photo taken on his 100th birthday) worked as a vet for close to 75 years.

He initially emigrated after qualifying in 1936, because he could not get work in Ireland. He joined an equine veterinary practice near Cambridge, England, at £3/wk, before becoming a pilot with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

He returned to practice in Ireland in the early 1950s and worked in north Tipperary up to 2011 when he became the longest-serving vet in Europe.

In an interview for the Farming Independent on his 100th birthday in 2013 he said: "I loved the work, meeting the farmers and having a bit of banter with them. I didn't do it for the money."

He was predeceased by his wife Sheila and is survived by his sons Charles, John and Richard.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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