On the dark trail of Fr Joseph Maskell, subject of 'The Keepers' documentary who fled US amid child abuse allegations

On the dark trail of Fr Joseph Maskell, subject of 'The Keepers' documentary who fled US amid child abuse allegations

John Meagher , June 11 2017, Independent

The green fields and high hedgerows in the Wexford countryside around the villages of Castlebridge, Screen and Curracloe must have felt utterly alien to Joseph Maskell.

Born and bred in the blue-collar city of Baltimore, Maryland, Maskell found himself in his mid-50s - after a completely urban life - in the rural heartland of the country of his father, who hailed from Limerick.

He arrived in this south-east corner of Wexford in 1994 and lived in Castlebridge - just a few miles from bustling Wexford town - but he would have been familiar with the pretty churches that were a short drive away, such as St Cyprian's in Screen and St Margaret's in Curracloe.

And it was in one of these churches, in April 1995, that he first   ...

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