When I was in Clonliffe (1970 – 1973) there was a fair share of homosexuality happening.
Older seminarians, in their 4 th and 5 th years targetted the new seminarians that came in every September.
Peter Meldon ( later ordained but left) was a big culprit.
At one stage the college president, Bishop Joe Carroll, asked a senior seminarian to investigate. I dont know if he ever got an accurate picture.
Peter Meldon continued his behaviour in parish life. This appeared on Facebook after his death:
WERE ALTAR BOYS SEXUALLY ABUSED IN CLONLIFFE BY SEMINARIANS AND PRIESTS?
It was custom for groups of altar boys to visit Clonliffe on Saturdays to encourage them to think of becoming priests.
They were shown aroubd by certain seminarians.
I have received credible reports that some altar boys were abused by seminarians and a priest on these visits.
Some of the abuse happened in Bishop Joe Carroll’s former robing room which had at least one floor to ceiling mirror.
Boys could remember watching themselves being abused in the big mirror.
These matters are known to the Gardai and an investigation took place.
I do not know if compensations with a silence clause have happened?
DUBLIN PRIEST HAVING SEX WITH MALE MINORS.
A senior Dublin priest has been having sex with male minors for many years.
A fellow priest said he has been “lucky” that none of the young boys / men have reported him to the police.
I dont know if he has been reported to the church.
I have let Dermot Farrell know of the allegation through his Safeguarding director but I have no evidence to offer him.
At least he can be aware of it and look into it.