Sean Quinn enjoyed Christmas lunch with his family after being let out of Mountjoy jail for the festive period.
The bankrupt Co Fermanagh businessman left the prison under cover of darkness on Christmas Eve and was whisked away by his son Sean Quinn jnr, who also did jail time this year.
They are understood to have headed straight for the family home in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.
The 66-year-old may yet get to attend the christening of his granddaughter Orna while on three days’ temporary release from his nine-week sentence.
In the run-up to his temporary release, his daughter Ciara told Mountjoy governor Ned Whelan that not having her father at the christening “will leave a large void in the ceremony and a dark cloud over the entire day”.
The country’s former richest man is serving nine weeks for contempt amid allegations he put the family's £400m property empire beyond the reach of the former Anglo Irish Bank.
Prisoners held for contempt can only be released by the courts but Quinn's legal team provided legal submissions to the Irish Attorney General, Marie Whelan, and Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
But the clock is ticking on Mr Quinn’s time with the family. He must be back in prison tomorrow and is due for release in January.