The Cardinal Connell Files No 4 – Fr Walsh

February 9, 2008 at 11:50 pm 1 comment

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Father Tony Walsh was a priest in Coolock and Ballyfermot, who impersonated Elvis Presley as a member of the All Priests Show during the 1980s. He sexually abused an unknown number of children, including masturbating on top of an altar boy who had served at his ordination mass and raping a young boy in the Phoenix Park on his ninth birthday. In 1995, following a funeral, he sexually assaulted the eleven-year-old grandson of the deceased.

Here is how the Catholic Church dealt with this case. >>>

The Response to the Crimes of Father Tony Walsh

In the early 1990s, the mother of Ken Reilly, who was one of Father Walsh’s victims, complained to five priests, Monsignor Alex Stenson, Bishop James Kavanagh and Archbishop Dermot Ryan about Father Walsh sexually abusing her son.

In 1992, Cardinal Connell set up a three-man internal tribunal to investigate these complaints. The tribunal included two current Catholic Bishops, Willie Walsh of Killaloe and John McAreavey of Kilmore.

The internal tribunal found Father Walsh guilty, and recommended that he be defrocked as a priest. Given that so many paedophile priests were simply moved to a different parish, this says something about how serious Father Walsh’s crimes must have been.

Father Walsh appealed its decision. While he was appealing the decision, Father Walsh was allowed to continue as a priest. Neither Cardinal Connell nor the internal tribunal told anyone about the conclusions the tribunal had come to.

The Archdiocese did speak to the police about these crimes, but they did not tell the police everything that they knew.

In 1995, following a funeral, Father Walsh sexually assaulted the eleven-year-old grandson of the deceased.

In 1997, Father Walsh was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for these and other sexual assaults on children.

The Cardinal Connell Child Sex Abuse Files

The Cardinal Connell Files No 1 – Fr McGennis
The Cardinal Connell Files No 2 – Fr Payne
The Cardinal Connell Files No 3 – Fr Reynolds
The Cardinal Connell Files No 4 – Fr Walsh
The Cardinal Connell Files No 5 – Fr Naughton

The Scale of Clerical Sex Abuse of Children

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Entry filed under: Ireland, News, Religion.

The Cardinal Connell Files No 5 – Fr Naughton The Cardinal Connell Files No 3 – Fr Reynolds

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  • 1. anthony  |  July 5, 2008 at 8:32 am

    The Ballyfermot Parish – There was a lane (Lynchs Lane) between the De la Salle school and the Dominicant Convent on the Ballyfermot Road, a “”short road led from Ballyfermot Road to the top of Lynchs lane. The lane no longer exists.

    On the “short road” Fr Walsh would give children lessons in driving. – He would sit the child between his legs in the drivers seat and show the child how to drive. I know this happened because my son was one of children .

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