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Having set up his account just five days ago, the welder could not have anticipated the reaction to his heartwarming daily cook-alongs.

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Padraig getting recipe tips from The Happy Pear

Padraig getting recipe tips from The Happy Pear

Padraig getting recipe tips from The Happy Pear

A plant-powered pensioner has gone viral after committing to going vegan for 21 days.

Padraig Howley, 67, who once smoked 80 cigarettes a day has vowed to complete the health kick following a health scare.

The doting dad is now sharing his get fit journey on Instagram @sing_andstep_withpadraig to his 37,000 followers.

Having set up his account just five days ago, the welder could not have anticipated the reaction to his heartwarming daily cook-alongs.

The talented crooner from Clare, documents his meals on the social media account while also serenading fans while he gets to grips with new recipes and dishes.

Introducing himself to fans Padraig wrote: “My name is Padraig I’m 67 and I’m on a journey to get fit. I am attempting to go vegan for 21 days starting tomorrow, February 22nd.”

“I met Dave and Stephen Flynn from @thehappypear for a sunrise swim with @snamhaisasta and I never thought I’d ever say I would go vegan. But with advice from doctors and health professionals, I need to make a few changes. So here I am.”

“I hope you can follow this page and maybe I can help to motivate someone else. I am new to Instagram and am a very slow typer so my daughter is typing this for me now, I’ll get learning and ‘blogging’ soon,” he added.

Speaking to the Irish Sun about his superstatus, Padraig said: “It is a big surprise that’s to be sure. I don’t understand it, I barely can use a computer.

“I’m old stock, it takes me ten minutes to send a text, my kids laugh at me and then I could delete it after all of that. And now this!”

“I’m a self-employed welder by trade for the last 40 years, so I was always fit and healthy," he said.

“In my business you are always carrying weights of steel all the time.

“Then this time last year, around March, I started getting terrible pains. It was in my back, my shoulder, down my left side.

“Then lockdown came and I had difficulty getting it checked out but when I did get an appointment, no one could figure out what was wrong with me. I suffered the whole summer.

“I got everything done; MRIs, ultrasounds, and nothing showed up so I started to think, ‘Is this in my head? Is there anything really wrong with me?’”

“I sent a hair sample and we spoke on the phone and she said it was the nerve system as well.

“But she also said I needed to change my lifestyle. One thing she said was I am an irregular eater, which is very true.

“I work long hours, I could be up at 6am and not have breakfast until 10am, and then work till 8pm and not have dinner until 9pm and it’d be a big dinner.

“Being unfit doesn’t suit me, I’ve been fit all my life, I played a lot of sports throughout my life so I knew changes had to be made.

“And then she said I could change my lifestyle if I gave up a bit of dairy."

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