A 63-year-old resident of the Enniscorthy district was handed a two-year sexual assault sentence for repeatedly groping a neighbour's child.
The offender maintained that any touching of the girl's private parts was unintended but he was found guilty of three offences by a jury.
The abuse took place in 2016 or 2017 when the man's victim was aged eight or nine.
He would rub her genital area through her clothes when lifting her up on to walls or hay bales.
The defendant, it emerged, had a record of 69 previous convictions for offences committed in Ireland or the UK.
Circuit Court Judge James McCourt noted that the list included counts of indecent assault and indecent exposure dating back to the 1990s.
It was also stated that the victim's family moved from their home in order to get away from the defendant.
Speaking out about the assaults lifted a weight off the child but coming to court to sit re-live the experience was a horrendous ordeal, according to the victim impact statement.
Defending counsel Mark Murphy told the sentencing hearing his client accepted that his actions had caused great upset.
The barrister also suggested that jail is a difficult place for those who are old and not able-bodied.
Judge McCourt responded that he could not ignore the previous convictions and the way that the offender had abused the trust put in him. What happened was inappropriate and inexcusable, deserving two-year sentence.
This prison term was back-dated to the beginning of April when the defendant was first taken into custody.