Former priest has prison sentence for abusing boys increased by 15 months

Friday 07 June 2013 22.03
Tony Walsh was known as 'the singing priest' as he performed as part of the All Priests Show
Tony Walsh was known as 'the singing priest' as he performed as part of the All Priests Show

A former priest who is serving a 16-year prison sentence for the sexual abuse of nine boys in the 1970s and 1980s has been sentenced to an additional 15 months in prison for abusing two other children.

Tony Walsh, 59, admitted indecently assaulting the 10- and 11-year-old boys in 1979 while he was a curate in Ballyfermot.

He was known as "the singing priest" as he was part of the All Priests Show, however during this time he continually abused children.

Judge Martin Nolan said that "with cold-blooded intent" Walsh worked his way into the confidence of families and parents who had great faith in the church and churchmen. 

They allowed him to take their children on trips and outings. That faith, the judge said, was greviously misplaced.

In sentencing, Judge Nolan said that the evidence was graphic and it was disturbing that a grown man could do such things to young boys.

After the sentencing Angela Copley from the Revive Support Group in Ballyfermot said the victims were happy that the judge had made the sentence consecutive and that Walsh had admitted abusing boys.

Judge Nolan said he had to impose additional time in jail because of the seriousness of the offences and the harm Walsh had done.

The court was told that Walsh is appealing his 16-year sentence.