House debates

Monday, 25 May 2009

Statements by Members

Brother Richard Doheny FSP

6:40 pm

Photo of David BradburyDavid Bradbury (Lindsay, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

I recently attended the funeral of a great man, Brother Richard Doheny FSP, who passed away on 13 May 2009 at the age of 74. Brother Richard was a man of devotion and commitment. He was devoted to his God and committed to his sport and to shaping the minds of the young men he taught, coached and mentored. He taught at both primary and secondary schools, but for the largest part of his vocation was a revered and integral part of the Patrician Brothers’ College community at Fairfield, where he was my rugby league and cricket coach.

Brother Richard, who emigrated from Ireland in 1956 and was a member of the Patrician congregation for 56 years, will be remembered as an icon of the college and will always be held in the highest esteem by those who knew him and served with him. At a time when rugby league has received much bad publicity, the code would do well to highlight the great contribution of men like Brother Richard to the sport and to the development of character and respect amongst generations of young men. Among the many insights that he has left behind for us is the invocation, heralded at the beginning of many a sporting season: ‘Lads, you can’t fatten the pig on the day of the market.’


Brandon Chant
Posted on 27 Apr 2010 6:51 pm (This comment has been reported to moderators)

I find it so strange when I read such glorified and positive comments about Brother Richard. He was my school principal at Patrician Brothers Granville in 1985 and 1986. He was also my english teacher in Year 6.

I found Brother Richard to be a brute of a man, always accompanied by his flea-ridden mut (Suzie I believe it was called), who assaulted myself and many other students on a regular basis with his rubber strap. I remember living in absolute fear of him. I remember clearly being brutalised by him on many occasions - once for spelling the work "inclusive" incorrectly.

I also remember him lining us all up naked in the group shower at school camp in 1985, and repeating over and over in his Irish accent "Isn't it beautiful boys."

What I have written above I swear to be the truth, and would gladly swear the above in front of a court and on a lie detector test.

The man was a pig, and I am so glad he has left this world.

So whilst you glorify him, I detest him, his memory, and the evil actions he visited on us "boys". What a hideous start to our lives and a detestable introduction to the Patrician Brothers.

So let's remember him how he ACTUALLY was, shall we?

carlos aparicio
Posted on 13 Apr 2012 8:15 pm (This comment has been reported to moderators)

i too attended patrician brothers granville during the mid 80's. i also confirm brandon's comments. brother richard was an evil predator of young boys. i also remember that dirty unwashed dog of his in the class room & his bag on the floor with porn in it.

he was the only person in my entire life that scared me to death. i too felt the sting of his rubber strap first week at school for taking shelter in the corradoor from the rain.

school camps horrified me. he would watch us shower & if he didn't think we washed enough he would reach in & wash us himself. i ended up swalling detergent, burning my throat to get out of camp.

playing handball before school i broke his office window with the tennis ball. i passed out in fear. not for getting in trouble or breaking the window. but of brother richard. he grabbed me by the neck & kept me in his office all day. i missed all classes.

that's when to my horror i saw what he'd been doing to another student who rarely attended classes coz he spent all day everyday in brother richards office. i was forced to sit in the corner of his office & watch him with his hands down this students pants while sitting on his lap. he ordered me to approach. if i had a knife i would have cut my own throat.

there's more. i could go on but i won't coz a can't stop shaking. i know for a fact there are others out there who are glad that this evil monster is now burning in hell for his sins.

Posted on 18 Dec 2012 4:48 pm (This comment has been reported to moderators)

I have read with horror the comments made by David Bradbury. All can say is that my experience with Brother Richard was very different to the great man he described. I recently returned to Smithfield where I grew up and was shown the article by Bradbury. It is difficult to know where to start with the injustices that that fiend inflicted on defenseless students. I attended Patrician Brothers in 1975 and 1976 and was at the Junior School. I remember clearly getting into trouble in the class I was in and being put into his class, which was 6A and he had the middle classroom that faced onto the then Horsley Drive. Doheny after lunch would shut the curtains and light a cigarette (that he had in a cigarette holder) and call one of his favorite children to come and sit on his lap while Doheny had is hand in cassock and touching his penis. He used to have this dog called digger. We went to these camps at Douglas Park and the shower consisted of a canvas sheet and a hose and we used to have to line up and we would soap ourselves up while he hosed us down and commented on our bodies. If we needed to move anywhere he was always touching us on the buttocks. I once got caught being somewhere in Fairfield where I should not have been and he called me into his back office in the walk way to the class rooms and he asked me questions like, Did they touch your privates and numerous other questions like that. There was no reason to ask me questions like that but all the time he was talking to me he had his hand under his Cossack and was masturbating. I too was struck lots of times by that rubber strap that he had and I witnessed the way he would beat and bully other students who didnt do what he asked. So yes, lets remember Doheny as the fiend as he was. He was pedophile and bully. So never write that he was a "great man" again because there are lots of other children who remember him the way I have described . I support the claims of Carlos and Brandon.

John Sweeney
Posted on 21 Dec 2013 12:38 pm (Report this comment)

I attended Fairfield Patrician Brothers and agree fully with the above comments, this man was a sick child molester and also had links to other evil shits like Dolly Dunn, one of his chums was my year 7 teacher who was caught molesting children and killed himself. I hope Richard your death was long and painful.

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