Former GAA coach from Sligo jailed for indecently assaulting two brothers

A former GAA coach has been jailed for seven years for indecently assaulting two brothers between 1972 and 1975.

Ronan McCormack from Cloonloo, Co. Sligo denied the charges but was found guilty following a trial earlier this year.

The two brothers came forward in 2014 after hearing Ronan McCormack groomed and abused five young boys he met through his work as a GAA coach in Sligo in the 1980s.

He was jailed for seven years and ten months for those offences.

During the course of this trial, the jury heard he abused one of the boys up to 100 times on various dates in the early 1970s.

This victim told the court today he became confused about his sexual orientation in later years and for a long time he blamed his parents for what happened and was angry they’d allowed themselves be hoodwinked and manipulated by McCormack, who was found to have abused his brother on three occasions.

Judge Martin Nolan jailed him for seven years. Before handing down sentence, he described his behaviour as reprehensible and said he showed no regard for the well-being of his victims.