Former GAA coach found guilty of indecent assault

Tuesday 13 May 2014 22.01
Ronan McCormack appeared at Sligo Circuit Court
Ronan McCormack appeared at Sligo Circuit Court

A 71-year-old former Gaelic football coach has been found guilty of indecently assaulting five boys in the 1980s.

Ronan McCormack of Cuppanagh, Cloonloo, Co Sligo had pleaded not guilty to 54 offences but after a trial lasting over two weeks, the jury found him guilty of 53 charges.

McCormack was a coach with the under-12 team at Eastern Harps GAA club in Sligo at the time of the offences.

Four of the victims were players on the under-12 team and McCormack got to know the fifth boy through his family.

Judge Petria McDonnell at Sligo Circuit Court turned down a prosecution application to remand McCormack in custody.

Barrister Eileen O'Leary said gardaí were concerned about the impact on the local community of his return there.

However, defence barrister Delia Flynn asked that because of particular family circumstances McCormack be given time to settle his affairs.

McCormack, who is married with three children, was remanded on continuing bail for sentencing in June.