The Shame of Ireland
This is a despicable and disgraceful piece by John McEntee in this week’s edition of the local Cavan newspaper the Anglo-Celt which was republished by the papers editor Linda O’Reilly. This article will no doubt cause much anguish and anger by those who suffered clerical sexual and physical abuse. Please contact the papers editor Linda O’Reilly at Linda@anglocelt.ie Tel: 049 4379712 or write to The Editor, Anglo-Celt, Station House, Cavan. Thank You.
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Published: Wednesday, 8th February, 2012 5:30pm
Sexual abuse 'did me no harm' says former Celt columnist
by Linda O'Reilly
The former Cavanman in London columnist with The Anglo-Celt has caused quite a stir following the publication of an article in which he claims he was sexually abused in the De La Salle national school in Cavan town but declares 'it did me do harm'.
John McEntee told The Anglo-Celt this week that he had received quite a bit of reaction to the piece, which was published in 'The Oldie', Richard Ingrams' humorous monthly magazine in Britain. He claims that he, and a few friends were "fiddled with" by a brother (Francis) in the school in the 60s (article on page 4).
John emphasised that he was not trying to trivialise sexual abuse and concedes that what happened to him and others in the class "was wrong" but explains that he was far greater affected by physical abuse at the hands of another brother (Cyril) in the school.
"We were battered around the classroom, it was far more frightening," he said. "It's just another perspective. We had this older brother for Irish in the afternoon and I would go home and be banging my head against the wall and be covered in lumps and telling my mother that I had a headache to try and get out of the class," recalls John.
He said that he had received scores of letters following the publication of the piece. He said that one man, who had a similar experience in another school, wrote of how it had "haunted" him for years and he had carried around a "guilt" about the experience. He said that reading John's piece had lifted a weight off his shoulders and given him a different perspective. In fact, John says that he and others were quite "fond" of Brother Francis.
He said that at the time the authority of the church in Ireland was "sacrosanct".
Meanwhile, the Anglo-Celt contacted the De La Salle order to see if they wished to comment on the article. Brother Pius, the safeguarding officer for the order, said that this was the first they had heard of Mr McEntee's allegations. "In accordance with our policy on Safeguarding Children, I will refer the allegation to the Gardaí and the HSE. The order will cooperate fully in any investigation," he said in a statement.
"I consider it would be inappropriate to comment on the matter until such an investigation is complete," said Brother Pius.
Stockholm Syndrome: is an apparently paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.
I would actually be very wary of allowing my children near this guy .... he actually describes sexual violence on a child as 'fiddling'. If he thinks such awful violence has little consequence ....
Abusers actually think that what they do to children is not harmful in the least. Let's hope the Gardai get the full details of the abuser and that his victims (of which he must have many) come forward.
is an apparently paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness
Sometimes feelings are hidden so well that by ignoring them the person becomes incapable of feelings. it will catch up with him because if it hadent harmed him he wouldnt have spoken out about it .