Former principal charged with 12 indecent assaults
Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30
A former Irish boarding school principal and cleric faces 12 charges of indecently assaulting teenage boys in his care over 40 years ago.
Fr Donnacha MacCarthaigh (82) appeared before Cork District Court charged with indecent assaults at one of Ireland's most prestigious former boarding schools, Colaiste an Chroi Naofa in Carrignavar, Co Cork.
The 12 charges all relate to alleged incidents at the Carrignavar school, which is located some 10km from Cork city.
The charges relate to various dates between September 1972 and June 1983.
The charges involve three different boys who, at the various dates, were aged around 14 years.
The school, also known as the Sacred Heart College, has not operated as a boarding school for many years.
However, in the 1960s and 1970s it ranked as one of the best-known and most prestigious boarding schools in the south of Ireland.
It was particularly famous for its sports programmes, which ranged from Gaelic games to athletics.
Judge Con O'Leary was told that the defendant attended Gurranabraher Garda Station by appointment yesterday.
He was arrested and charged at the station at 10am.
Detective Garda Kevin McCarthy said that, when cautioned, the defendant replied: "I did not touch anybody sexually or inappropriately."
The cleric was a member of the Order of the Sacred Heart.
He has an address at Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Western Road, Cork.
The elderly cleric did not speak during the brief hearing yesterday.
The defendant was accompanied by an acquaintance who drove him to and from the district court premises on Angelsea Street.
Judge O'Leary was told that the book of evidence in the matter is still being prepared by gardaí.
Officers hope to have the book of evidence ready shortly.
It follows a lengthy investigation conducted by gardaí drawn from Gurranabraher and Glanmire stations in Cork.
Judge O'Leary remanded Fr MacCarthaigh to appear again before Cork District Court on June 16 next.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) confirmed to Inspector Mary King that the matter must be dealt with by indictment before a Circuit Criminal Court judge and jury.
Judge O'Leary was told that gardaí have no objection to the defendant being remanded on bail.
He remanded him to appear again on June 16 for service of the book of evidence by gardaí.
The defendant will then be remanded for trial to the next available sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
These are likely to be the September court sessions.