This is the definitive story of Sean Quinn, Ireland’s bankrupt billionaire, who went from rags to riches, then gambled his fortune on Anglo Irish Bank shares and became the world’s biggest personal loser of the economic collapse of 2008.
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This is the definitive inside story of Sean Quinn, Ireland’s bankrupt billionaire, who went from rags to riches, then gambled his fortune on Anglo Irish Bank shares and became the world’s biggest personal loser of the economic collapse of 2008.
A millionaire by thirty, Quinn became an almost mythical character, creating thousands of jobs at a time when the shadows of mass unemployment and the Troubles loomed over the Irish borderlands. However, after four decades of unparalleled success, Quinn’s business empire imploded.
The atmosphere in ‘Quinn Country’ turned ominous. Violence and intimidation flourished, helping bring part of his business back under local control, with Quinn as consultant. However, what seemed like a ‘second coming’ soon turned toxic. Rifts in the boardroom between Quinn and his former executives, men he had once prized for their loyalty but now blamed for the loss of his companies, ended with Quinn’s final ousting. Further violence followed, culminating in the horrific attack on his former right-hand man, Kevin Lunney, an event that would end even local support for Quinn. His empire was gone.
This is the truly remarkable story of the man everyone said was too big to fail.
1. The Dig
2. Trouble at a Border Bank
3. Stone and Shite
5. Cavan’s Versailles
6. Border State of Mind
7. Failing to Compute
8. ‘Fuck It, Let’s Get a Jet’
10. ‘More than a Billion, Yes’
11. The Molly Maguires
12. Is This What You Want?
13. Mission Accomplished
14. Border People
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Trevor Birney is an Emmy-nominated film producer, director and journalist. In 2017 he produced the ground-breaking documentary No Stone Unturned, about the 1994 murder by UVF gunmen of six Catholics in Loughinisland, County Down. Birney’s work resulted in their wrongful arrests by the PSNI, who later paid the producers significant damages.