Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lady Luck smiles as Quinn daughter weds on Friday the 13th

Businessman Sean Quinn and his daughter Aoife at St Mary's Church, Belturbet
Businessman Sean Quinn and his daughter Aoife at St Mary's Church, Belturbet
Aoife married Dubliner Stephen Kelly yesterday

Anita Guidera

IT was low-key compared to the typical high-profile wedding of the Celtic Tiger era.

The Quinn family have always kept a low profile, and it was no different yesterday at the wedding of businessman Sean Quinn's daughter Aoife.

Apart from the odd Mercedes and Range Rover, most of the cars parked outside St Mary's Church on the outskirts of Belturbet, Co Cavan, were unremarkable, the kind seen at any country wedding.

If they had looked a little closer they might have spotted that the groom, Dubliner Stephen Kelly, glided up in a sleek black Mercedes CLS 63 AMG, costing about as much as your average modest house in Cavan after the bust.

By the time the bridesmaids, the bride and father-of-the-bride pulled up to the church door in a vintage Bentley and a Rolls Royce, it was obvious that this was indeed no ordinary affair. And what else would you expect when the bride is Aoife Quinn, who is on Ireland's young rich list and the father of the bride is Mr Quinn (62), once listed in 'Forbes' magazine as the 164th wealthiest person on the planet?

In what has been an 'annus horribilis' for the once-multi-billionaire business magnate, who now owes an estimated €4bn to banks, yesterday, despite being Friday the thirteenth, was the day for the proud father to let Lady Luck smile on his fourth child.


A serious-faced Quinn gave a single wave to the only press photographer in the gateway of the church as the car drove past the two friendly security guards -- who were protecting the entrance from the conspicuously absent crowds of onlookers and paparazzi.

Wearing a black suit, black tie with a simple white rose in the lapel, he posed briefly with his elegant 28-year-old daughter in the doorway of the church, a respectable 15 minutes late.

Dressed in a full-length, strapless, white ruffled gown, featuring a bow with diamante detail on the left thigh, and a fishtail hemline, Aoife looked every inch the gorgeous bride.

The simple elegance was completed with a long veil with satin trim and a bunch of baby pink roses for a bouquet.

The bride was attended by her bridesmaid sisters, Colette, Ciara and Brenda, all dressed in full-length grey silk gowns with pink lace bodices.

After the ceremony the relaxed bride posed for pictures with her bridegroom, who works in the accountancy wing of the Quinn Group. Aoife is a company shareholder and director of the €5.9m Holiday Inn in Nottingham.

Almost three years ago in the same chapel, when Aoife's sister Ciara married solicitor Niall McPartland the occasion, although equally low key, attracted huge media interest.

Irish Independent

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