John McClean, a former Director of the Rugby Academy at UCD, has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting 23 schoolboys at Terenure College in the 1970s and 80s.
John McClean, 73, was an English and drama teacher, who also coached rugby at the school. He took up the position as director of rugby in UCD in the 1990s.
The charges were prompted by a 2018 article from Gemma O’Doherty, who spoke to a number of Mr McClean’s victims in Village magazine.Her report claimed some gardai were aware of allegations against Mr McClean for decades.
Former rugby coach John McClean pleads guilty to indecent assault of 23 schoolboys (RTÉ)
Previously: John McClean on Broadsheet
Yesterday at Dublin District Court, former rugby coach John McClean was charged with more than 30 counts of assaulting schoolboys at Terenure College between 1973 and 1989.
Mr McClean, a former director of UCD’s rugby academy, is charged with indecent assault on nine boys over a 17-year period.
The charges were prompted by work from investigative journalist Gemma O’Doherty, who spoke to a number of Mr McClean’s alleged victims in Village magazine in the past year.
The reports claimed some gardai were aware of allegations against Mr McClean for decades.
Ms O’Doherty covered the matter last night on her Livestream with court correspondent Tom Tuite. Watch here.
Former rugby coach charged with more than 30 counts of assaulting schoolboys at Terenure College (Irish Independent)
Terror-nure (Gemma O’Doherty, Village)
Rugby’s Dirty Secret (Gemma O’Doherty, Village)
Pic via Village