Abuse victim Brendan to launch book in Dundalk this Thursday

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Local man Brendan Boland will be launching his book ‘Sworn to Silence’ this Thursday evening at  6.30pm at Easons in the Marshes Shopping Centre.

The abuse victim wrote the book to focus on his life, the abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth and the cover up by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Brendan, from Dundalk, was an 11-year-old altar boy when he was first sexually abused by Fr Smyth in the Friary Church in the mid-Seventies.

The abuse lasted for two years before he reported the matter to Fr Sean Brady – now a Cardinal – in 1975.

However, after giving evidence about the abuse of him and others, he was sworn to secrecy.

Cardinal Brady signed two reports about the abuse of Boland and another boy and passed them on to his bishop, but the police were never informed.

It was not until 1994 that Smyth was…

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