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sad passing Supervet star Noel Fitzpatrick mourns his mum Rita who has passed away at age 92

Ms Fitzpatrick's removal will take place this evening at Saint Fintan's Church in Ballyfin

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Rita Fitzpatrick RIP

Rita Fitzpatrick RIP

Rita Fitzpatrick RIP

Channel 4’s Supervet star Noel Fitzpatrick is in mourning after his beloved mum Rita passed away at the age of 92. 

Rita was well-known to viewers of Fitzpatrick’s hit TV show as her son regularly talked about her and told how he often flew back to his family home in Laois to visit her.

A statement from Noel's family that was published on RIP.ie reads: “Our beloved mother, Rita Fitzpatrick (92), passed away peacefully in her home at Esker, Mountmellick, on Wednesday 2 February.

"Rita was predeceased by her husband Sean, brothers Tom, Sean and Pat, her sister Marie and her daughter-in-law Sheila.

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Noel Fitzpatrick with Cocker Spaniel Cookie (Channel 4/PA)

Noel Fitzpatrick with Cocker Spaniel Cookie (Channel 4/PA)

Noel Fitzpatrick with Cocker Spaniel Cookie (Channel 4/PA)

"She is mourned by her sister Philomena, her children John, Mary, Frances, Grace, Noel and Josephine, her daughter-in-law Geraldine, her sons-in-law Robert, Liam, Willie and Patrick, her brother-in-law PJ, her sisters-in-law Bernie, Ettie and Sadie, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, wonderful neighbours and everyone in her care team."

Mrs Fitzpatrick's removal will take place this evening at Saint Fintan's Church in Ballyfin.

Her funeral will then take place tomorrow morning, followed by her burial.

The Fitzpatrick family has asked that the house remains private on Friday morning with family flowers only. Donations, if desired can be made to Laois Hospice.

Supervet Noel also lost his father Sean, who he described as his hero, who died in 2006 after collapsing on the family farm.

Last year, he was devastated when his beloved pet dog Keira passed away.

Noel is best known for being the star of The SuperVet, as well as pushing the boundaries of treatment available to animals.

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Throughout his career, he’s developed ground-breaking surgery including fitting the world’s first bionic leg on a dog.

But, his love of animals first began in his childhood growing up in Ireland.

In a recent interview, Noel opened up about his past and got emotional when reflecting on his relationship with his late father.

When Noel was a child he often helped out his father, Sean, who was a farmer.

As a small boy, Noel’s job was to count the sheep at night which he credits as the spark for his love of working with animals.

Chatting to Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the veterinarian looked back on his youth and his relationship with his father.

When Lauren asked if Noel was close with his father, Noel replied: “He was a great man in many ways.

“But, he was never one to say ‘you did alright there’ or to concentrate on anything material."

Noel continued: “I remember he only ever actually gave me one thing material in my whole life. I’ll remember it forever.

“It was my birthday and he walked in with a box with a Timex watch in it and he just gave it to me and he said ‘just use your time wisely’.

“That was the thing about him you know, he would say the most profound things.

“Having said that, he was a man of few words and it wasn’t until I left home to make my home in Great Britain and before he died that I really asked him some big questions and we bonded a little bit,” he revealed.

However, Noel confessed he did have one regret about his relationship with his father.

“I feel sad though because we never had the chat you know. We never really had the ‘What’s this all about, Daddy?’ chat,” Noel admitted.

“But it sounds like he knew you loved him,” Lauren said, with the veterinarian replying: “Oh I think so, yes.”

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