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Brendan Boland was born in 1961 into a strong Catholic family. In 1975, at the age of 14, Brendan was involved in a secret canonical inquiry where he first told priests that he was being sexually abused by Father Brendan Smyth. He married his childhood sweetheart Martina in 1983 and later moved to England in search of work. He’s been working as an engineer at News International since 1991, where he is still employed today. Brendan lives in Essex, England.

Darragh MacIntyre is an award-winning investigative reporter with BBC Panorama, and the author ofConversations: Snapshots of Modern Irish Life. He was the reporter of the BAFTA winning BBC programme, The Shame of Catholic Church, broadcast in May 2012. Originally from Celbridge, County Kildare, Darragh lives in Belfast.

Sworn to Silence Brendan Boland

One boy who bravely speaks up. A church determined to keep him silent.

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