Saturday 21 April 2018

Sport coach handcuffed and bound boys during sex assaults

Bill Kenneally
Bill Kenneally
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A sports coach and election tallyman warned a teenage boy he had just abused that he would never be believed because the coach was a member of a renowned Waterford political family.

The revelation came as it emerged the garda investigation into Bill Kenneally (65) was triggered by a young man who got the courage to lodge a formal complaint after being inspired by the Jimmy Savile case.

Jason Clancy (45) contacted gardaí in 2012 about the Waterford sports coach and Fianna Fáil tallyman after he had read about the bravery of the Savile victims.

Kenneally is also a former national basketball coach.

The trial heard that another family contacted gardaí in 1987 about Kenneally.

Kenneally made specific admissions but no prosecution was taken because the family involved did not want to make a formal Garda complaint.

Kenneally, who is single and an accountant by profession, appeared before Waterford Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing after he pleaded guilty last December to indecently assaulting 10 teenage boys.

Mr Clancy, who waived his right to anonymity, fought back tears as he admitted the abuse had "changed my life forever".

"He (Kenneally) repeatedly told me throughout my years of abuse that he was part of the Kenneally political family and I would never be believed," the victim said.

Kenneally is related to three generations of Fianna Fáil TDs in Waterford.

"I felt dirty all the time. I felt my secret was shameful," Mr Clancy said.

Kenneally, of Laragh, Summerville Avenue, Waterford, pleaded guilty to indecent assaults between the dates October 31, 1984 and December 31, 1987.


The abuse involved the defendant plying the 12 to 16-year-olds with alcohol and cigarettes and paying them money in amounts which always involved the number seven.

The court was later told that the number seven was "lucky" for the Kenneally family.

He would strip the teens and assault them.

He would also handcuff, bind and blindfold the youngsters.

Kenneally also took Polaroid photographs of youngsters and, in one case, twisted a boy's testicle to force him to smile.

Judge Eugene O'Kelly adjourned sentencing until today.

Irish Independent

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