Gabriel Byrne was educated by Christian Brothers in Dublin, Ireland up until he was 12. In November 1999, he reported in an interview with the New York Post, that severe physical abuse was common and that he suffered from it from the the ages 8 to 12. Boys were pulled up on their hair and beaten with the legs of chairs. He also talked about a priest, his Latin teacher, who molested him sexually at the age of 11. Many years later he called this priest who remained silent during the call. Byrne didn't press any charges.