Claims about John McClean’s abuse were ‘swirling as far back as 1970s’ | #College. | #Students

There were rumours “swirling around Terenure College” about former teacher and rugby coach John McClean as far back as the 1970s, one of his former pupils has said.

McClean (76) was sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday over the sexual abuse of 23 boys in the south Dublin school, in incidents between 1973 and 1990.

John Kenny, RTÉ sports commentator and radio DJ, was taught English by McClean for two years in the late 1970s.

Mr Kenny said he remembered an air of suspicion surrounding McClean as a pupil. “The rumours were there. It’s good that justice has been served, not before time. This has been swirling around for a long time,” he told The Irish Times.

Mr Kenny said McClean taught English and was known to set up a lot of school plays, often Shakespeare dramas. “He’d get the fifth and sixth years to put on a play, whichever one was on the Leaving Cert that year,” he said.

During the court case it emerged McClean had used costume fittings for the plays as an opportunity to sexually abuse multiple pupils.

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