Former priest guilty of indecently assaulting boy in 1980s

Irish Times

February 23, 2018

By Barry Roche

[See related past articles: Missionary order apologies for abuse at Cork school by priest, by Barry Roche, Irish Times, November 15, 2014; and Carrignavar school ‘a concentration camp’, say ex-pupils, by Claire O’Sullivan, Irish Examiner, August 3, 2011.]

Tadhg O’Dalaigh remanded on bail for sentence as complainant prepares statement

A 74-year-old former priest has been convicted of indecently assaulting a young boy while teaching in a boarding school in Cork in the 1980s.

Tadhg O’Dalaigh, a former member of the Sacred Heart Missionaries, had denied the single charge of indecently assaulting the boy at the Sacred Heart College in Carriganavar in Co Cork on a date between September 1st, 1980 and January 28th, 1981.

But the jury of nine men and three women at Cork Circuit Criminal Court took just one hour and 50 minutes to find O’Dalaigh, with an address at Woodview, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin unanimously guilty of the charge.

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