Friday, July 08, 2016


Morgan Costello, final year, 1951, Coláiste Mhuire

The occasion of this post is the death of Morgan Costello on 3 July 2016.

I have posted on him elsewhere shortly after discovering, in 2012, that he had been a child sex abuser in St. Catherine's parish in Meath St. in Dublin's Liberties in the mid-1960s. He was accused of buggering a young man there over a period of a few years.

Since I did that post in October 2012 it has become clear that his activities in Meath St. were only a part of a wider picture.

Comments left on my post revealed that he was a known abuser in Seán McDermott St. and in Portmarnock/Baldoyle at least.

One commenter blames him for his brother's suicide. Another describes how he was defended by the commenter's father from an attacking crowd in Seán McDermott St. While the father did not believe the rumours, the mother made sure that none of her children were ever left alone with Morgan Costello. She was not the only mother in the country who safeguarded her children in this way.

One commenter tells that Morgan Costello was a prolific abuser and sadist in Portmarnock while another commenter tells how he was shifted from there after having being found to have abused a boy in the vestry.

Morgan Costello, first assignment, c.1959/60,
Chaplain, Cenacle Convent, Killiney

But it was before all of this that he came on his first priestly assignment to be Chaplain to the nuns in the Cenacle Convent, Killiney.

Morgan Costello, Celebrant, Cenacle Convent, Killiney

Myself and my friend Brian Reynolds along with a number of other neighbouring boys were altar boys there at that time.

That's me, on the left, in the picture above.

Morgan Costello, Court Appearance, 2010

It took till the year 2010 for him to be brought before the court for buggering the young man in Meath St., but the hearings kept being postponed and the case was finally abandoned by the DPP. I assume that this was due to either Morgan Costello's or the victim's health. So, while charged, after an intensive Garda investigation, he was never actually convicted by a court.

However, the fact that charges were brought after all these years, and after an intensive Garda investigation, combined with the comments referred to above leave me in no doubt what the outcome of the trial would have been had it been pursued to its conclusion.

I should make it clear that I was not abused by him and my anger comes from a wider sense of betrayal.

In keeping with current practice in these cases, the funeral was private, and I understand that known victims will be informed after the event. As there was no notice of the death in the papers, I don't know where the unknown victims will learn of his death other than on this blog.


1 comment:

Póló said...

As there has been no notice of the death or funeral arrangements on I can only assume that the funeral was private.

I'm not sure of my reaction to this. I suppose the church wanted to avoid a potential fuss but attendance might have meant some closure for survivors or relatives, particularly given the abandonment of the court case initiated in 2010.