Am army sergeant who was told to pretend he was gay by a defence forces chaplain who then sexually assaulted him has been commended for his “courage” by the Defence Forces.

Fr David Tyndall was convicted at Dublin District Court last week of sexually assaulting his then colleague on January 16, 2015, at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines in Dublin.

The 58-year-old served as a Defence Forces Chaplain from 2008 to 2021 before being removed from the role over the incident.

On Friday, Fr Tyndall received a three-month suspended sentence under Section 2 of the Sex Offenders Act after he pleaded guilty to kissing and touching Sergeant Noel Brennan.

Waiving his right to anonymity, Sgt Brennan told the Irish Examiner the priest asked him to pretend he was gay, in order to get an annulment of his marriage.

Mr Brennan said: “I still have nightmares over what he did to me, and I have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“This was a man I thought I knew,” said Mr Brennan “He had married me and my former wife.

“I went to him for help, and he just lunged at me out of nowhere after asking me to pretend I’m gay, which he said would get me an annulment. I told him there was no way I was going to say that.

“I can still see his bloodshot eyes and the froth on both sides of his mouth when he attacked me.

“He was like a man possessed. I was afraid I’d have to submit to him; he was a former rugby coach, and he was bigger and stronger than me.”



How stupid of Fr Tyndall to act like this.

He assaulted and totally offended a young soldier whose marriage to a woman he had celebrated.

Tyndall assaulted the young soldier who went to him for help.

The priest told the young soldier to pretend he was gay to get an annulment

I’m afraid Tyndall has proven himself unfit for ministry and needs to seek another job.

Diocese of Meath
Clerical Appointments, May 2023.

The following appointments will take effect Saturday, July 1st 2023.

Fr. Ray Kelly, PP Oldcastle to be AP, Kilcormac, Rahan and Eglish parishes, resident in KIlcormac.


Kelly did not want to leave Oldcastle where he has been for 17 years.

But Tom Deenihan insisted.

He will not be PP in Kilcormac.

He will be a kind of curate roving between three parishes in Co. Offaly.

Is this his “Swan song”?

Fr. Padraig McMahon, PP Athboy to be Adm, Ballivor and Kildalkey, in addition.
Fr. Mark Mohan, PP Ballivor and Kildalkey to be PP, Oldcastle.
Fr. Ciaran Clarke, CC, Ashbourne to be CC, Ballivor and Kildalkey.
Fr. Conor Magee, CC Multyfarnham to be PP, Multyfarnham.
Fr. Ciprian Solomon, CC, St. Mary’s, Drogheda to be CC, Mornington.
Fr. Derek Ryan, CssR, to be CC, Holy Family, Drogheda and CC, Saint Mary’s, Drogheda.
Fr. Brendan O’Rourke, IVE, CC Holy Family, Drogheda to be CC, Ashbourne.
Fr. Stephen Kennedy, IVE, CC Holy Family, Drogheda to be CC, Ashbourne.
Fr. Joseph Apust, CC, Mornington to return to Minna Diocese.
Fr. Emmanuel Ibitoye CC, Mornington (Minna Diocese) to be AP, Saint Mary’s, Drogheda.


Diocesan Appointments 2023

18 May 2023

Raphoe Diocese clergy appointments May 2023.


Very Rev Cathal Ó Fearraí, PP, VF, Kilbarron to retire.

Very Rev Patrick Dunne, PP, Kilmacrenan to be PP, Kilbarron (Ballyshannon) effective 24th June

Very Rev Michael McKeever, PP, VG, Gartan and Termon to be in addition PP, Kilmacrenan

Rev Martin Chambers, Chaplain Letterkenny University Hospital to be CC, Kilmacrenan and Termon, resident in Termon.

Rev Francis Ferry, CC, Mountcharles, & Drimarone to be Chaplain, Letterkenny University Hospital.

Very Rev Seamus Dagens to be AP, Mountcharles & Drimarone.

Appointments effective 10th June unless stated otherwise.