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Child porn loving choir master brought kids to Late Late Toy Show

Crime DeskBy Alan Sherry
Eanna McKenna worked with children's choir groups
Eanna McKenna worked with children's choir groups

A PERVERT choir master who distributed sickening child pornography once appeared on the Late Late Toy Show with a group of child singers.

Eanna McKenna has spent the last 20 years surrounded by kids in his different roles as a school teacher, choir master and church organist.

The publicity hungry 39-year-old, from College Green, Summerhill, Wexford, even became a minor local celebrity after doing a series of interviews about his work with the young people.

In 2007, McKenna brought a group of child singers – between the ages of eight and 18 – on to the Late Late Toy Show to perform.

The twisted teacher also performed with his child choir alongside Mary Byrne on a TG4 Christmas single competition shortly before she appeared on the X-Factor.

Calculating McKenna portrayed himself as a child-champion during his many public interviews.

However, this week it emerged that there was a darker and more deviant side to his public persona.

He pleaded guilty to possession of 521 images and 159 movie files on his computer on June 6, 2014, as well as distributing child pornography on dates between November 11, 2010, and March 13, 2011.

McKenna taught at a number of secondary schools in Wexford and he also taught
students privately.

As well as being a church organist and bell ringer, he was also involved in a number of children’s choirs,
including the Young
Wexford Singers and Rowe Street
Junior Choir – both of which he
established.

He previously spoke about how he found being involved with children in the choir very rewarding.

“It’s good to see the children come on and develop. A child who you may think is only average, could turn out to be brilliant in two years time,” he said.

McKenna added: “The choir entered the competition [The X Factor] themselves, but didn’t get through. However, the producers liked our sound, so they then asked us to do backing vocals [for Mary].

“When we worked with her we found her to be a very nice and genuine person.”

While he had no problem distributing pictures of child pornography, McKenna previously expressed his disgust after a newspaper featured a picture of youngsters pretending to drink champagne at a wedding show.

In a letter to the editor of the Irish Independent, he wrote: “In my opinion, this photo was totally unsuitable as it depicts girls aged eight and nine about to drink champagne. As a teacher, I try to encourage my pupils to abstain from drinking alcohol until they are 18.

“A picture such as the one that appeared in your newspaper gives children the opposite message, ie that drinking alcohol is quite acceptable for children aged eight and nine. I suggest that in future more thought should be given to the content of photos published in your newspaper.”

The children in the picture were not actually drinking champagne, but joking around.

McKenna appeared at Wexford Circuit Court this week where he plead guilty to the offences at a short hearing.

Judge Barry Hickson remanded him on continuing bail to appear before on November 22 when sentencing will take place.