Former rugby coach charged with 40 indecent assaults on boys at Terenure College

A former rugby coach and English teacher is on trial in connection with the historic abuse of a string of teenagers at a south Dublin school.

John McClean, 77, is charged with more than 40 indecent assaults on the boys over an 18-year period between 1972 and 1990.

He faces a jury trial in the district court after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) ruled the allegations were too serious for the district court to handle.

Judge John King placed him on bail until a date in October to facilitate the preparation of an evidence book.

The defendant, with an address at Casimir Avenue, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6, faces 49 counts of indecent assault dating between 1972 and 1990.

The crimes allegedly took place at Terenure College, Templeogue Road, Terenure, where Mr McClean was an English teacher and rugby coach.

Garda James Duffy told Dublin District Court that he had arrested Mr McClean and charged him in court. He was given a true copy of each indictment and, after being cautioned, did not respond.

Defense attorney Dara Robinson said there is no request for legal aid at this time.

Dressed in a navy blue blazer and black trousers, Mr McClean sat facing the judge and cupped his hand to his cheek. He did not address the court during the brief hearing.

The defendant has not yet announced what he intends to say about the charges.

Mr McClean, an English and drama teacher who also coached rugby, worked at the prestigious South Dublin school for decades before taking up a position as rugby coach with UCD in the 1990s. Former rugby coach charged with 40 indecent assaults on boys at Terenure College

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