Tuesday 20 March 2018

From court to church for Quinns

Newlyweds Sean Quinn Jnr and Karen Woods share a kiss after the ceremony
Newlyweds Sean Quinn Jnr and Karen Woods share a kiss after the ceremony
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

FROM the Four Courts to the church. Bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn took a break from his legal travails at the High Court yesterday to watch his son take an oath of a different kind.

In front of around 150 close family and friends, Sean Quinn Jnr married his long-time girlfriend Karen Woods in the quaint St Mochta's Church in Porterstown in Dublin.

Just a few miles from the Four Courts in the city centre, both Mr Quinn Snr and Jnr were excused from attending the case yesterday where the former Anglo Irish Bank is claiming they are in contempt of court by putting assets beyond the reach of the bank.

Peter Quinn, Mr Quinn Snr's nephew, who is also involved in the court case, served as best man for his cousin yesterday.

The three men are expected to be back in the High Court on Tuesday.

However, thoughts of the legal difficulties were put to one side and members of the wedding party were all smiles yesterday.

Among the wedding party were the groom's parents, Sean Snr and Patricia, and the groom's pregnant sister, Ciara McPartland. Ciara gave a reading at the Mass while a second sister, Colette, read the reflection after Communion. Two other sisters, Aoife and Brenda, were understood to also be present.

Guests began arriving at the tiny church -- which can only hold around 150 people -- shortly before 12.30pm. A large evening reception for around 230 people was held at the glitzy Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow last night.

Unfortunately, the weather was not on the side of the happy couple yesterday.


As the beaming bride stepped out of the wedding car -- a fashionable 20 minutes late -- the first drops of a tremendous rain and hail shower were just beginning to fall.

Just over an hour later, the bride and groom emerged from the church and posed for photographs.

As they were being congratulated, a sudden barrage of hailstones sent them and their guests running for cover.

Mr Quinn Snr sheltered under trees in the churchyard with guests and Fr Gerry Comiskey, who officiated at the wedding Mass.

Fr Comiskey, a family friend of the Quinns and parish priest of their home parish Drumlane in Co Cavan, had earlier told the newlyweds that their relationship should be a refuge from the "chill winds of the world".

The bride, from Castleknock in Dublin, is the daughter of Patrick and Joan Woods, who own the popular Dame Tavern pub in Dublin city centre.

She wore a stunning dress with a delicate, ivory, lace bodice and a folded full skirt.

Her sister Eimear was her chief bridesmaid while she had two further bridesmaids -- Lisa Kilmurray and Sinead Cahill. All three wore figure-hugging, cerise-pink dresses

Meanwhile, the groom's nieces, Neala and Cadhla McPartland, and little Ava O'Neill looked adorable in white flower-girl dresses.

Sean Jnr's best men were his friends Liam Maguire and Anthony Briody.

In their Mass booklet, the couple thanked their parents for the "love and support they have shown us."

They added: "We would also like to thank our family and friends for sharing this special day with us."

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