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Former Anglo chief Sean Fitzpatrick gets his swagger back at son's K Club wedding

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IT was like the good old Celtic Tiger days for Sean FitzPatrick yesterday as he rolled up at the K Club dressed in black tie for his son's wedding celebrations. Former Anglo Irish Bank chief Mr FitzPatrick smiled as he arrived with his son Jonathan for the wedding of another son, David, to Barbara Clear, the niece of tycoon Michael Smurfit.

IT was like the good old Celtic Tiger days for Sean FitzPatrick yesterday as he rolled up at the K Club dressed in black tie for his son's wedding celebrations. Former Anglo Irish Bank chief Mr FitzPatrick smiled as he arrived with his son Jonathan for the wedding of another son, David, to Barbara Clear, the niece of tycoon Michael Smurfit.

former tycoon Sean
FitzPatrick

former tycoon Sean FitzPatrick

Newly-wed Barbara
Clear at the luxurious
K Club, where she
married David
FitzPatrick

Newly-wed Barbara Clear at the luxurious K Club, where she married David FitzPatrick

the luxurious
K Club

the luxurious K Club

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IT was like the good old Celtic Tiger days for Sean FitzPatrick yesterday as he rolled up at the K Club dressed in black tie for his son's wedding celebrations. Former Anglo Irish Bank chief Mr FitzPatrick smiled as he arrived with his son Jonathan for the wedding of another son, David, to Barbara Clear, the niece of tycoon Michael Smurfit.

LOOKING tanned and dapper in his tuxedo, Sean FitzPatrick's white smile stretched from ear to ear yesterday.

It was a throwback to the "good old days" for the disgraced former Anglo Irish Bank chairman.

'Seanie', as he is affectionately called by his pals, had his swagger back as he strolled across the lobby in the K Club in Co Kildare with his hands in his pockets and a grin across his face.

There was a chorus of "Oh Seanie, how are you? You're looking well, Seanie! Great to see you -- welcome back to the K Club, Seanie", as he walked towards the door with his wife Catriona by his side.

He looked like a man who had spent the past month in Marbella. Appearing rested, golden, handsome even, he was as proud as punch on his son David and Barbara Clear's wedding celebrations.

For a few moments, it could have been 2004 -- and one of those black-tie dinners that Seanie pocketed a fortune for when turning up as guest speaker.

Laughing

It is understood that David and Barbara wed at a civil ceremony at 5pm on Thursday ahead of yesterday's reception.

Seanie held court smiling and laughing before a blacked-out mini-van arrived at the front door.

"Time for the family photographs," he said, as he stepped out the main door and into the hotel's transportation to the clubhouse around the corner.

Family members were whisked to the nearby Smurfit Clubhouse at 4pm for the wedding reception itself with 240 guests.

Luckily for bankrupt Seanie, his new daughter-in-law's uncle is Irish business royalty Michael Smurfit, who happens to own the five-star hotel where yesterday's nuptials were celebrated.

However, NAMA effectively controls half of the K Club, having taken over loans owed by property developer Gerry Gannon, who has a 48pc stake in the luxury golf resort.

Mr Gannon and Mr Smurfit paid €115m for the resort seven years ago. It is understood Mr Smurfit has offered as little as €10m to buy the stake from Mr Gannon -- who would then use the money to pay off NAMA.

Guests had begun arriving at the main hotel from lunchtime yesterday -- with some travelling from as far away as Australia to celebrate David and Barbara's wedding.

The party appeared to be a private affair with family and close friends -- with the clubhouse chosen over the main hotel.

The bride appeared nervous as she noticed uninvited photographers and covered her face.

Wearing a strapless ivory gown with intricate beading on the bodice, Barbara looked stunning. David wore a black tux.

Seanie was confident enough to acknowledge the press photographers outside the clubhouse but Barbara rushed inside with her soft, wavy, fair hair hiding her face.

Irish Independent