To those old enough to remember the banking crisis of the late noughties, the name Séan FitzPatrick will mean a lot and provoke an instant reaction.

For many the memories of that turbulent, tumultuous and at times frightening period remain raw and the economic and social cost continues to be counted to this day.

Séan FitzPatrick was at the epicentre of it all, ultimately leading the construction of a banking behemoth that through its weaknesses contributed to the spectacular collapse of the Celtic Tiger economy, a banking sector bailout by the Government and bailout of the state by the EU-IMF.

All developments that turned him into a lightning rod for the wave of public anger and disgust that followed.

It wasn't always like that, however.

In the years leading up to 2007, "Seanie Fitz" as he was known in financial and media circles, was the high-flying banker who in the eyes of many investors, customers and others in the world of finance, could do no wrong.

Confident, gregarious, with a sharp financial mind he kept company with the some of the highest profile people in Irish life at the time, including politicians, developers, and other prominent business people.

He skillfully used those contacts, his knowledge and a natural sales instinct to build up Anglo from a tiny operation into the third biggest bank in the country that employed large numbers of staff and had a ballooning balance sheet.

Quarter after quarter, Anglo’s results shone, as it lent increasingly eye-watering sums of money to a range of businesses, particularly those involved in property.

Through this the bank became instrumental in fuelling the property boom upon which the Celtic Tiger economy was built.

And Mr FitzPatrick at the helm seemed to epitomise through his public image the "go get 'em" attitude and mentality of the Celtic Tiger mindset.

Yet, when the music stopped, it very quickly became apparent that Anglo was not what it had seemed.

Overstretched, it had become grossly overexposed to one sector of the economy, and within that sector to a small pool of individuals and firms.

It also quickly emerged that the bank had been involved in a range of dubious and questionable practices.

As it began to crumble, the highly destructive consequences for the bank, the Irish economy and for the taxpayer rapidly became apparent.

Séan FitzPatrick, the one-time poster boy for the bank and its Celtic Tiger ethos, quickly became the focal point of the resentment that was unleashed and a magnet for public opprobrium.

He certainly didn't help his own cause in some of his public comments around that time, like his failure to apologise for his failings or the bank’s reckless lending during a famous Marian Finucane interview, or indeed subsequently.

Instead, he maintained the lender’s troubles were ultimately brought about by an unavoidable international crisis.

While there was a grain of truth to that, and light touch regulation also played a role, it is also clear that the seeds for Anglo’s demise were sown long before the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers in the US.

All during a period when Mr FitzPatrick was ultimately in charge.

Unlike some of his peers though, he did remain in the country to face the fallout, including a series of charges brought against him by gardaí and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, of which he was ultimately acquitted.

He also served out his bankruptcy in Ireland when others in a similar predicament around that time were running off to the UK and elsewhere to speed up the process.

In the intervening years, he kept a very low profile, continuing to live in Ireland in his Co Wicklow home.

Ultimately, in time history will decide how exactly Séan FitzPatrick is remembered by the Irish public.

But without doubt his name will forever remain synonymous with the rise and the subsequent fall of Anglo Irish Bank, its bailout and all the destructive legacies that flowed and continue to flow from it.