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'Evil man' Survivors shocked to learn abuser continued to teach after leaving Christian Brothers school

Now it's emerged Manning went onto work in a south city national school and was a musical director of a concert band for young people.

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Jack Manning

Jack Manning

Jack Manning

ABUSE survivors were shocked to learn their depraved tormentor continued to work as a teacher after leaving the school when they had been pupils.

Jack Manning (85) got a three-year-sentence this year following his guilty plea to a series of sexual assaults in the1970s at Westland Row CBS.

Four men, now in their fifties, Kieran Best, Thomas O’Callaghan, Anthony Doherty and Donal Lynch waived their anonymity this week to ensure Manning could be publicly named.

Now it's emerged Manning went onto work in a south city national school and was a musical director of a concert band for young people.

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Thomas O’Callaghan, Kieran Best, Donal Lynch and Anthony Doherty leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

Thomas O’Callaghan, Kieran Best, Donal Lynch and Anthony Doherty leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

Thomas O’Callaghan, Kieran Best, Donal Lynch and Anthony Doherty leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

Kieran Best said he believes more survivors are likely to come forward in the wake of this week’s court case.

“I would imagine this is only the beginning of it.”

He added that until this week he hadn’t been aware Manning had continued his career in teaching after leaving the Christian Brothers in 1977.

Similarly, his former school mate Thomas O’Callaghan said he was shocked to learn Manning had continued as a lay teacher after complaints had been made to Westland Row CBS, including by his father.

He also believes that more people who were subjected to Manning’s depravity might now come forward to the authorities.

“I was in total shock because I thought that that man, when he left the Christian brothers around 1977 and got married, that was it. Obviously, he became a lay teacher.”

He too fears more children like him fell victim to Manning’s twisted sexual desires.

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“He didn't change there's no way that man changed. To my mind he never stopped doing what he was doing to us. He's just such an evil man, just horrible.”

“How that man was allowed to teach kids - as far as I was concerned Westland Row knew everything about him.”

“I would imagine there's going to be a huge floodgate opened on this.”

Thomas said the four men thought long and hard before making the decision to go public with what they had suffered at Manning’s hands.

“I waived my anonymity because I want other people to come forward, people that were afraid. We were afraid, I didn't think anyone would believe me neither did the other lads.”

“It took a long time for us to build the courage and things to be right for us to do it.”

Despite his age and failing health Judge Martin Nolan imposed a three-year sentence on Manning who waited until the last minute to enter a guilty plea to the charges.

“I’m thrilled the man was jailed to be honest with you,” said Thomas.

“There is a sense of relief knowing that he is in jail, but it wasn't a nice thing to have to go through.”

“I want other people to come forward that's the whole reason we gave our names - we wanted anyone who had anything to do with him to come forward.”

“He's just an evil man, an evil piece of work and how he got away with what he got away with for so long, I don't know.”

“It is a shame it came so late in his life I would have preferred if it was earlier because the judge did say he would be getting more time in jail only for his age.”

Manning pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecently assaulting the four boys aged six to eight at Westland Row CBS.

Most of the offences took place during the school year which ran from September 1972 to June 1973, although one of the boys was abused as late as June 1975.

The four told gardaí how Manning would put his hands down their trousers and fondled them, sometimes after calling up to his desk in in the classroom.

Too young to fully understand the nature of the abuse they were all terrified of Manning who also used a leather strap to hit the children.

The court heard how the abuse continued even after complaints had been made to the school about Manning’s behaviour.

Before being sentenced, the court was told that Manning suffered from severe vascular disease, an ulcer and enlarged prostate.

During the time of the offences, he drank to excess, and doctor wrote in a letter he didn’t believe Manning “can realistically survive in a prison environment”.

He had joined the Christian Brothers in 1950, when he was just 14 years of age, and started teaching in 1954.

“This court over the years has dealt with many of these cases – but this is a particularly bad one,” Judge Martin Nolan said.

“What Mr Manning did was morally reprehensible. He was a teacher who had care of young boys... it is difficult to imagine a greater breach of trust.”

The four men all made Victim Impact Statements which were heard in court and how the abuse and affected their lives for years to come.

“It has been on my mind all the time it never ever went away for me at all. Anytime I see the collar of a priest I don't want to know them – I don't want them anywhere near me that's how bad it is for me, I have no time for them,” said Thomas.

“I had no education because of that man, he ruined my education.”

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