Relief at Last in Yet Another Irish School Abuse Story

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A former rugby coach and assistant headmaster, John McClean, was sentenced to prison this week for his sexual abuse, across 17 years, of 23 boys at Dublin’s Terenure College. See https://www.independent.ie/news/former-terenure-college-rugby-coach-jailed-for-8-years-over-sexual-abuse-of-23-boys-40105893.html.

For one of the survivors, Damien Hetherington, justice was a while in the making. Forty-seven years, to be exact.

Damien, a taxi driver, has been a good friend of Concussion Inc. for years. Watch him in this spontaneous street interview with RTÉ News following the verdict. Like his entire life, it’s a model of sensible reflection and dignity.

I missed connections with Damien on my Irish trip in 2019, but I’m hoping to get back, and when I do, I look forward to joining him and his wife, from County Derry, for some bacon, cabbage and spuds.

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