Quinn 'in jovial form' after Cavan Christening

Thu, Dec 27, 2012, 00:00

Seán Quinn was reported to have been in jovial form following the Christening of his granddaughter at Staghall Church near Belturbet, Co Cavan, yesterday.

He spent his last night at home in Ballyconnell on his three-day temporary release, before he returns to the training unit of Mountjoy prison today. He will be released on January 4th.

The Christening, which had been rescheduled from September, was a low-key affair attended by members of the Quinn family and their spouses.

Fr Gerry Comiskey, who officiated at the Baptism, said “all of the family circle were able to be together” for the ceremony.

“When they heard of Seán’s arrangements for when he got home, they didn’t ask me about the Christening but I quickly volunteered to do anything that would accommodate them.”

‘Not worried’

On Mr Quinn’s return to prison, Fr Comiskey said: “He’s not a bit worried, he knows it’s almost over . . . He’s extremely grateful to everyone for their support.

“In the boot of my car from the last time I was up in the prison, there’s a box of cards and he tells me there’s over 800 in it.

“That was from a few days’ post last week and the letters are from all over the country . . . He has been able to spend a lot of time in prison reading and reflecting. Getting all the letters has strengthened his resolve.”