Athgarvan man names abuser in his US book

ATHGARVAN’S best known emigrant Larry Enright who has performed for Elizabeth Taylor, the Kennedy Clan and Bill Clinton has published his second memoir entitled ‘The Truth Hurts’.

ATHGARVAN’S best known emigrant Larry Enright who has performed for Elizabeth Taylor, the Kennedy Clan and Bill Clinton has published his second memoir entitled ‘The Truth Hurts’.

As the title suggests this book is a far cry from the tales of ‘mayhem, magic and moments’ of his first memoir and instead Larry speaks for the first time about the abuse that he encountered as a child at the hands, he claims, of an elderly local man from Athgarvan. Larry names his attacker in the book, whom he describes as, “that dirty, old rat-faced boll**ks” and who is now dead.

The man named by him, ‘old Dinny Craddock’, has passed away and is unable to challenge the allegations.

Mr Enright writes “so may you rot in hell. I don’t know to this day if it happened to anyone else in Athgarvan or surrounding areas, but I pray it did not.”

“The abuse is a big part of the book,” explained Larry talking from his home in Tyngsboro, USA to the Leinster Leader.

“I never told anyone that I was raped at the age of seven. I was too afraid - I didn’t know what was going to happen. He threatened me and I was worried what my parents would say.”

Larry (54) who also recounts a series of adventures and outrageous pranks in which he barely escapes death, lengthy jail time, Hurricane Bob, will be home next month to sign copies of the book.

“I feel so much better now and I have got some help with it,” said Larry. “I am worried that people will look at me differently but I‘m so happy I got the weight off my shoulders. I’m now going to tell everybody in the whole world. It took me a long time. Everybody knew this guy in the village - my mum thought he was a nice old man. When ever I had to go to the local store, Doyles, for my mum I would go the long way round - I was terrified that I would meet him and I would go the long way home. My mum would wonder why it took me so long.” Larry published his first book - a memoir entitled ‘Mad Man from Athgarvan’ last March to rave reviews and he is currently in talks with Hollywood producer Jeff Dionne of hits ‘The Departed’ with Jack Nicholson and ‘The Fighter’ with Mickey Rourke to turn his story in to a film or a television series.

“I always thought I was less of a man (because of the abuse) in my personal life,” he said. “I took to the drink, I did some drugs trying to forget - I made a proper ass of myself. I ruined my music career and I got sick with a brain aneurysm. That’s what book three is all about.”