Detective Garda Colin Greenway arrested the pensioner and brought him before Cork District Court on four charges yesterday.
The charges stated that he indecently assaulted the boy on different occasions on dates between January 1972 and December 1973.
Cautioned by the detective, the accused man replied to the first charge: “I never did anything like that.”
To the second charge he replied: “No, I never did anything to him.”
When he was accused of the third count of indecent assault he said: “No, these things never happened.”
He made no reply to the fourth charge.
Inspector Ronan Kennelly said the DPP had directed trial on indictment.
The case was adjourned until January 18 to allow time for preparation and service of a book of evidence.
Det Gda Greenway said there was no objection to the accused being remanded on bail. Judge Leo Malone remanded him on a bond of €500. Conditions of bail require him not to interfere with any witness in the case.
Donal Daly, solicitor, represented the accused and there was no application for free legal aid.