LIKE most gardai, John Quinn knows the underbelly of life in the criminal world.
So when he was offered a small part in 'Love/Hate' he jumped at the chance.
Det Gda Quinn from Mullingar did not realise that his scene was on TV last Sunday – he was playing the dame in 'Rapunzel' at Mullingar Art Centre. The RTE role gave him the chance to indulge in his favourite pastime – acting. Playing a cop had to be a piece of cake.
With nearly 15 years as a detective under his belt and 28 years in the force, he knows all about gangsters.
The detective, who is based in Athlone, fitted right into the role when he was shaking down IRA man Paddy, played by Jason Barry.
He said: "It is nice to be associated with such a good show. It is well researched, very profession and a very pleasurable experience."
The 49-year-old began acting back in 2003 with a part in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' with the Mullingar Variety Group.
The detective, who was at Abbeylara, Co Longford on April 20, 2000 when the Emergency Response Unit shot John Carthy dead, has another TV appearance to come with a small part in BBC 's 'Vexed' .
Det Gda Quinn is father of 'Voice Of Ireland' 2012 runner-up, Conor Quinn.