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Former “singing priest” accused of sexually abusing boy

Tony Walsh was known as the “Singing Priest” in the late 1970s.

A former priest will stand trial on historic child abuse charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse of a boy.

Tony Walsh (67), who used to perform Elvis impersonations, is accused of assaulting a male complainant between January 1983 and December 1985, and was served with a book of evidence at Dublin District Court today.

Walsh “made no reply” when the charges were put to him at Clondalkin Garda station and did not indicate how he will plead during today’s sitting.

The complainant had made a statement to the Garda Protective Services Unit in 2019, with the DPP eventually issuing a direction to charge Walsh on June 14 this year.

The ex-priest, who will stand trial on October 29 at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, was described by the Murphy Commission as “probably the most notorious child sexual abuser” to have come to its attention.

“It is likely that he has abused hundreds of children,” its 2009 report said.

In the longest sentence handed down to a clerical sex abuser at the time, Walsh was sentenced to over 100 years in prison for child abuse in 2010, which were served concurrently, leaving him a maximum jail time of 16 years.

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