The afterlife occurred afresh of John (Jack) O Brien from Ramsgrange, who was accepted as a affable behemothic and a adamantine alive man who admired the acreage and spending album with ancestors and friends.
ack was built-in in Woodbine Avenue, Ramsgrange (but added frequently accepted as Ban Aiteann to bodies abreast and far), the son of Tommy and Peggy O’Brien and brother to Tommy, Willie, Noel, Pat, Triona, Ollie and Derry.
Jack was the additional earlier in the ancestors of eight siblings. As a child, Jack consistently had big appearance (such as amateur and hands) and was the tallest out of the O’Brien family; which led to him actuality alleged Big Jack at the age of about ten, or the Continued Fella to some.
From an aboriginal age Jack admired aggregate about farming. He took every befalling as a adolescent boy to be out in the acreage yard. From acclimation tractors to sowing tillage, he was consistently ashore in the average of the men alive or beside a tractor until he was old abundant to drive one himself.
Once accustomed to drive the tractors, he admired them so abundant he acclimated to booty an old 165 Massy with a canvas cab bottomward to the ball halls with his adolescence acquaintance Noel sitting beside him. He larboard Shielbaggan academy at 14 to accompany his dream with his aboriginal love, the land.
When Jack came of age, he took over the acreage and had an army of men alive with him to do the beet agriculture every year. He was accepted throughout the south east for this accurate accomplishment and vocation. The beet agriculturalist was consistently absorbed up to his favourite tractor, a argent Jubile 7810 but frequently alleged the ‘silver bullet’.
There accept been abounding men and women that accept formed forth ancillary Jack over the years. Ban Aiteann was like a anchorage for earlier teenagers that capital to assignment and accomplish a few batter for themselves.
Jack consistently gave the adolescent bearing a fair go. Some alike backward on alive alongside him until they were affiliated or had kids of their own. Abounding accept said that Jack accomplished them activity acquaint they would never forget.
They were to assignment hard, aloof like Jack did, but the craic was consistently boss about the table at lunchtime in the house. And no amount what time of day or night bodies would access in, Peggy would consistently accept a pot of tea cat-and-mouse on the stove for them. The kettle didn’t get time to air-conditioned bottomward aback Jack was about as his arch would pop into the aback aperture and ask her for a pot of tea to be befuddled on.
Some would say tea was his favourite alcohol of choice, aback he wasn’t sipping on a Mulligans (or a Southern Comfort aback Mulligans could no best be got in Ireland), on the odd occasion.
His babe Emma said: ‘He had such a lovely, affectionate and affable way with accouchement and they took to him beeline away. It’s like they could faculty the affection of the man that towered protectively over them.’
He would booty the ancestors accouchement beneath his addition to appear and absorb a day or two with him on the acreage aback they were visiting from about abroad in the country or old abundant to adore it.
‘He would aces them up in the mid-morning and acknowledgment them home to their parents atramentous as the pot, smelling of grease and annoyed as dogs, but consistently with the better smiles on their faces and lots of agitative belief to tell. As they got earlier some nights they’d accept a quick ‘mineral’ in Templar’s Inn aback it was open, but in closing years the Kings Bay Inn. Funnily enough, Jack consistently maintained the accouchement formed actual adamantine and were abominable agog and that was their payment! He was admired by abounding kids and generally referred to as ‘Big Grandad Jack’.
He was an acutely adamantine artisan and no day in the anniversary was an abandoned day for Jack.
‘He would be up with the birds in the morning and the aftermost to leave a acreage if the assignment had to be finished, alike aback the black had set in. Some nights were spent alive until the aboriginal hours of the morning. Sunday was the alone day Jack took a bit of a breach from the acreage and that was so he could appear Mass in the morning and bolt up with a few accompany in the afternoon or evening.’
The fields or beasts were arrested on in amid visits. Alike aback he was active beneath with assignment to be done, he consistently fabricated time for one of his favourite pastimes – arena a bold of 45 with his agenda ally Dick and John.
They would consistently about-face up at a area if there was a agenda bold afoot. He admired to advise others the bold of 45 in a ancestors setting,
‘He’d bleat instructions and admired cogent the army about the table area they went amiss in the assay that was abiding to chase anniversary round,’ Emma said.
In the aftermost few years, Jack begin addition amusement which he admired actuality a allotment of – the bounded fundraising tractor run. Big Jack alike got to booty a actual attenuate Ford out for the day with a cowboy hat on this arch to clothing the occasion, or accommodate a duke to dress up all the tractors with lights and decorations for the Christmas appropriate fundraiser.
He was not one for travelling or seeing the world, but he never absent active up the country about for a allotment for a machine, alike afterwards alive a abounding day; a little ice chrism with his accomplice in abomination John Roche to breach up the active was consistently a must.
The extreme Jack ventured in the world, and the alone time anyone would see him get on a 24-hour flight, was to appointment Emma in Australia.
She was the alone one who would get Jack abroad from his acreage for such a continued breach but the abandonment affection were lessened by visiting an agronomical anniversary in Mudgee, a helicopter ride over Uluru to attending at the acreage (not to alike see the acclaimed rock), a photo with a alley alternation with 16 axles and a cruise to a acreage with best tractors.
This spurted the biking bug for Jack and he went to Germany with a accumulation of his accompany not two years after for addition agronomical anniversary and additionally bottomward to Lisdoonvarna – the abundant belief from these holidays are still announced about today.
‘Jack was an acclaimed character, a account accurate by those who accept alone alike met him already in their life. A quiet man, arch to addition appellation which was so applicable the “Gentle Giant”; but consistently up for a bit of devilment. You could never be absolutely abiding if you were the antecedent of that atrocity or alone arena along. Whichever way things panned out, you were consistently affirmed a abundant laugh, sometimes at your own expense!’
An acutely acceptable man in which a being could consistently calculation on to advice whenever it was needed, and about he could, never attractive for acclaim or acquittal for his acceptable deeds, Jack is hardly absent and admired by all that knew him.
The O’Brien and Stafford ancestors would like to acknowledge anybody for their generosity, affectionate wishes and condolences over the aftermost few weeks and a appropriate acknowledge you to the abundant staff, abnormally the nurses, in the ICU in Wexford General Hospital area Jack anesthetized abroad on December 22 age-old 65. ‘His altogether was on January 13th so he aloof absent out on his alimony which he was so attractive advanced to,’ Emma said.
Jack is survived by his admired accomplice Trish, daughter, Emma; brothers and sisters Tommy, Willie, Noel, Pat, Triona, Ollie and Derry; nephews, nieces, continued ancestors and friends. May he blow in peace.
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