Jackson Owens RIP

Aug 10, 2022

At GARLAND we were very sorry to learn of the recent death of our former Director, Friend and Colleague, Jackson Owens.

Jackson, born in Enniscorthy in 1924, qualified as an Engineer from University of Dublin, Trinity College in the mid 1940’s and then worked with Pearson Steel designing concrete structures. 

Through his association with our former Chairman, John Gwynn, with whom he had been in college, Garland carried out a huge amount of design work for Pearson’s. Jackson joined Garland and was appointed a director in 1968, at the same time moving to Limerick to run the newly opened Limerick office which was established to service the rapidly growing Shannon Free Zone and adjacent Shannon Town. 

Jackson Owens

Some of Jackson’s major projects included Krupp’s factory, Industrial Parks & Buildings in Raheen, Newcastle West, Rathkeale, Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock, Roscrea ,Gortlandrow in Nenagh, Thurles and Ennis, the reconstruction of Doolin Pier in 1984 and restoration Work to St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick.  

He acted as Chairman of the Engineers Ireland Thomond Branch and was also involved with the Irish Concrete Society. 

Jackson retired from Garland in 1987 and then returned to live in Dundrum with his wife Dorothy. He continued his association with Engineers Ireland by, until very recently, attending many lectures in Clyde Road, where he was known for his searching questions on a wide range of topics.

Jackson passed away at the great age of 98 in the wonderful care of Brabazon Trust Home in Sandymount and their kind and loving staff.  

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