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Former Sligo GAA coach's appeal on sex convictions dismissed

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a former GAA coach’s attempt to have his convictions for abusing young footballers overturned.

Ronan McCormack from Cuppanagh, Cloonloo in Co. Sligo was sentenced to almost six years for a series of sexual assaults on five schoolboys. See link below

In 2014, McCormack was convicted of 53 charges of indecent assault on five boys between Oct 1981 and Aug 1986 – four of whom he coached on the Eastern Harps U12 football team.

Sligo Circuit Court heard he conned some of their families into letting them stay overnight at his home where some of the abuse took place.

One of them was abused while he showed him a county championship medal he won with the club.

Judge Petria McDonnell described the then 72-year-old as a man who groomed the boys when they were aged between 10 and 13.

Mr McCormack’s appeal focused on the directions given to the jury on system evidence and corroboration.

In dismissing his arguments, the Court of Appeal accepted the judge’s charge on those issues was suboptimal, but said they had not been persuaded the conviction was unsafe or that the trial was unsatisfactory.

Link: Sligo Today 14/5/2014