Trial of former football coach hears from alleged victim

Wednesday 30 April 2014 21.58
The trial is under way at Sligo Circuit Court
The trial is under way at Sligo Circuit Court

The trial of a former Gaelic football coach, who denies 54 charges of indecently assaulting five boys in the 1980s, has heard evidence from one alleged victim.

The alleged victim said he was abused by the man on two occasions before he took him to Croke Park.

The trial at Sligo Circuit Court heard that the man, who is now in his early 70s, promised to take the boy to the All-Ireland semi-final, but said he would have to stay in the man's house the night before so he could attend early mass before the train to Dublin.

He said the man collected him from his parents' house the night before the match and indecently assaulted him when he went to bed in the man's house later on.

The alleged victim said the man also brought him to the All-Ireland football final the same year and again he stayed over in his house the night before and was assaulted.

He said he was pushing him away and the man kept saying: "Don't be shy, don't be shy", words which, he said, keep ringing in his head.

After both matches, he said, the man brought him home and had tea with his parents.