Ex-GAA coach handed 7 more years for sex abuse
A former GAA football coach has been jailed for seven years for dozens of indecent assaults on two boys in the 1970s.
Ronan McCormack, 75, a farmer from Cloonloo, Co Sligo, went on to groom and abuse schoolboys as young as ten in the 1980s. In 2014 he was jailed for seven years and ten months for those assaults.
He was convicted this year of 14 charges of indecently assaulting two boys aged between seven and 13.
McCormack, a father of three, had pleaded not guilty to 26 charges of indecent assault against one boy between June 1972 and March 1975. He also denied three charges of indecently assaulting a second boy between August 1972 and December 1973.
Former GAA coach sexually abused 5 schoolboys
A former Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) coach has been convicted of a series of sex assaults on schoolboys in the Republic of Ireland.
Ronan McCormack, 71, was found guilty of 53 out of 54 charges of indecent assault on five boys aged between nine and 13 years.
The offences happened in the 1980s when he was 39 to 44-years-old.
The father of three girls conned families into believing some of them could stay safely at his home.
McCormack, a farmer from Cuppanagh, Cloonloo, County Sligo, who coached the under-12 team at Eastern Harps GAA Club in nearby Keash, abused boys on trips to the Croke Park sports stadium in Dublin.
The 71-year-old’s horrifying list of crimes included:
Indecently assaulting a young boy during a match while he was umpiring an Under-12s game
He abused one young victim during a trip to Croke Park to watch an All Ireland match
He conned some of the parents of his victims into allowing them to stay at his home overnight
He persuaded an 11-year-old boyto examine a county championship medal in his darkened bedroom and then sexually assaulted him, and
He also assaulted boys in his car, at a breakfast table in his kitchen and on fishing trips to lakes and rivers.