Reality bites for Sean jnr in jail
Published: 2 Aug 2012 13:000 comments
Sean Quinn Jnr inside the training unit in Mountjoy Prison.
Photo courtesy of the Sunday World.
"It was good to see him, he was quite delighted to have a visit. The time is long and difficult, the reality has come home to him. He is isolated, away from his new wife and parents and sisters and that is getting to him the most," he said, adding: "He is saddened but I don't detect any resentment".
Sean jnr has been following developments on the outside by listening to the radio and watching the news. He even watched footage of his dad's emotional speech at the Ballyconnell rally on Sunday.
"He watched his father on the TV, I know for sure he was overcome with gratitude when he watched the news. I give him a good account of all that has been happening and I told him about the long line of men and friends from Teemore who came up to me after the rally with tears in their eyes. He was amazed about the gathering and that it had happened. He was deeply grateful and asked me to convoy his gratitude".
The Drumlane priest says Sean jnr who is two weeks into a three month stretch for contempt of court is passing the time by watching the Olympics and playing snooker.
"The Olympics are a great blessing and he knows absolutely everything about it. He is watching the television all the time, everything is sports related. He was telling me there are four games he is looking forward to watching next week. I know he is enjoying playing games of snooker, too," he said.
But Father Comiskey who spent an hour with him yesterday says the prison is "far from cushy".
"There is no such thing as a cushy prison, no person who is detained or has their freedom taking from them can be having a whale of a time. It is incomprehensible for people to be talking in those terms. It is a very harrowing time for him leaving his wife and family and heading into prison. It is very daunting for someone so young, it is truly shocking," he said.
The priest, who officiated the wedding of Sean jnr and new wife Karen Woods a few weeks ago, has also been spending time with Sean and Patricia Quinn in recent days.
"The family are simply devastated and for Patricia this is a mother's worst nightmare. For her who has been so committed to the family and such a loving and warm presence in the home and community it is a horror for her. I think it's good for them both to cry for their son," he said.
Furthermore, the priest says Sean snr is fearful of going to jail like his son.
"He's extremely worried about what the future holds and one gets the impression if his fate is to go to prison he would nearly prefer that it would begin sooner rather than later," he said.
Commentscomments powered by Disqus
Get more stories from our Roundup section
15 Apr 2014 22:00
A 35-year-old man has been fined £425 and banned from driving for three months after he took his wife’s car without her permission.
15 Apr 2014 19:00
Police in Fermanagh and other parts of F District are asking everyone who uses the roads to promote safety messages through social media over the next three Bank Holiday Mondays.
15 Apr 2014 15:00 • Editorial Department
In Fermanagh I don’t think there is anything that causes so much anger and frustration than the weather; specifically the abundance of rain.
15 Apr 2014 13:00
A mentally ill man who bludgeoned his elderly uncle over the head with a hammer until he thought he was dead has been committed to hospital indefinitely.
15 Apr 2014 11:30
Enjoying your chocolate egg but don't know what to do with the packaging?
15 Apr 2014 09:00
POLICE are dealing with a security alert in Fintona, County Tyrone, after an incident in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).
14 Apr 2014 22:00
A 44-year-old businessman has been fined £500 for failing to knock down a block of apartments that pose a danger to drivers.
14 Apr 2014 19:00
Fermanagh District Council is encouraging householders to have their heating appliances, which have been well used over the winter, serviced and chimneys cleaned to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.
14 Apr 2014 16:00
A 28-year-old man involved in a fight outside a pub claimed remarks had been made about his former partner.
14 Apr 2014 13:00 • Meadhbh Monahan
Fermanagh tourism providers have to “work harder” because the county is “not the first choice destination.”
14 Apr 2014 11:00 • Brian Donaldson
The mother of a soldier serving in the First World War, had to resort to writing for financial help after her son died as result of the appalling conditions right at the end of the War in November 1918.
14 Apr 2014 09:30 • Lily Dane
An inspirational young Fermanagh woman, Rachel Wilson (formerly Byers) was only married a matter of months when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
14 Apr 2014 08:21
A 28-year-old single mother who betrayed the trust of her employer of over 11 years by stealing from his shop has been given 200 hours of community service.
13 Apr 2014 16:00 • Editorial Department
When the competition hotted up at the 37th Annual Fermanagh Bridge Congress over the weekend, bridge playing talents from the county demonstrated they ‘can hold their own.’
13 Apr 2014 14:00 • Editorial Department
THE Watermill Lodge Restaurant, Lisnaskea scooped an awards treble at the Ulster Regional Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards this week.
13 Apr 2014 12:30 • Editorial Department
Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal was this year supported by over 12 local primary schools in the Clogher and Fermanagh areas.
13 Apr 2014 10:00 • Julie Kenwell
AN important part of Fivemiletown’s past has secured a place in the village’s future thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
12 Apr 2014 18:30 • Editorial Department
The new club season rolls into action this weekend and the 2014 league will have added significance for clubs with placings for the 2015 Championships based on how sides perform in the league this season.
12 Apr 2014 18:30 • Editorial Department
Results will matter right from the outset in SFL Division Two this year as changes in the structures in the division will see the league split at the midway stage.