October 26, 2005

Canon preyed on girl (14) and made her pregnant

Belfast Telegraph

Senan Molony

26 October 2005
Sexual predator Canon Martin Clancy made a 14-year-old pregnant and threatened three years later to have the child taken away if she told anyone he was the father.

The serial child abuser preyed on at least five girls about which the Murphy Inquiry knows - but certainly many more - from at least 1965 to his death in 1993.

Clancy served in Ballindaggin, near Enniscorthy, from the early 1970s and moved to Kiltealy, north Wexford, in 1991.

Ciara was aged 11 when she was dragged into a dressing room at a concert in 1971 by Clancy. She was molested and the interference escalated, sometimes in his house or in a car, until full sexual intercourse took place when she was 14.

She became pregnant as a result and went to England in 1974, leaving a note for her parents telling of her condition but not identifying the father. Her mother took her home six weeks later, and her daughter, Rachel - now aged 30 - was born in 1975.

Canon Clancy gave Ciara two cheques of IR£500 each for the baby's upkeep when she was 16, but a year later threatened to take the baby away if she identified him as the father.

Posted by kshaw at October 26, 2005 09:26 AM