Convicted Priest Served in Ballagh

Roscommon Herald [Ireland]
January 10, 2007

A priest and former De La Salle Brother who was, in recent weeks, convicted of child sexual abuse served as principal of the former De La Salle National School in Ballaghaderreen in the 1970s, the Roscommon Herald can reveal.

Fr Con Desmond, a priest attached to the Diocese of Killaloe in County Clare, was in recent weeks given a three-year suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a ten-year-old boy at a Waterford school in the early 1980s.

The offences occurred when he was Principal of the De La Salle boys' primary school on Stephen Street in Waterford city. The case also spurred controversy last week involving the Bishop of Killaloe, Most Rev. Dr. Willie Walsh who defended the handling of Fr Desmond's case.

A former De La Salle Brother, Fr Desmond served as principal of the De La Salle National School in Ballaghaderreen during the 1970s.

The De La Salle Brothers confirmed to the Roscommon Herald that Fr Desmond, formally known as Brother Cornelius, served as principal of the primary school between 1970 and 1976.

Fr Desmond was suspended from the priesthood pending the investigation into the allegations of child sexual abuse in Waterford.


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