The Gibney-McCann Connection

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From top: Frank McCann walking outside Arbour Hill Prison, Dublin 7 last July (via Independent.ie) and George Gibney

Today.

Further to a report in the Irish Independent last Friday that former Irish swimming coach Frank McCann – who murdered his wife Esther and McCann’s sister Jeanette’s baby Jessica by setting fire to their family home in Rathfarnham in 1992 – is due for release…

US journalist Irvin Muchnick writes…

In 1992 Irish swimming coach Frank McCann burned down his house. It was his fourth, and this time successful, attempt to kill his wife Esther and their 18-month-old daughter Jessica. McCann chose multiple murder over disclosing that he had fathered a child by one of his swimmers, who was 17.

McCann is back in the news because, after two decades of incarceration for his crime, he has begun pre-release vocational training and supervised time out from Arbour Hill Prison. The Irish Independent reports that Esther McCann’s sister is fearful for the safety of the rest of the family. See here

In his 2016 decision in my Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for George Gibney’s American immigration records, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer recounts the sordid history of sexual abuse in Irish swimming. This includes the stories of McCann and Derry O’Rourke; the latter pleaded guilty to 29 criminal counts of abuse in 1998.

“George Gibney,” Breyer wrote, “got away.” In my recent settlement of the FOIA case at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the American government conceded that Immigration and Customs Enforcement supplied a memorandum in 2010 stating that Gibney could not be removed from the country even though he had lied in his citizenship application that year about his own 27-count indictment in Ireland in 1993 for illicit sexual relations with minors.

The Gibney-McCann connection gets worse.

As president of the Leinster Branch of the Irish Amateur Swimming Association, McCann was told of Gibney’s abuse of Chalkie White, by White. Later another coach, Carol Walsh, brought the same information to McCann.

According to the news site Broadsheet.ie, Walsh said McCann told Walsh to back off.

McCann also said “he hoped to fuck [the Gibney story] wouldn’t break while he was president.”

Family in Ireland Fears Prison Release of Swim Coach Frank McCann — Who Murdered His Wife and Daughter and Is Also a Figure in the George Gibney Cover-Up (Irvin Muchnick)

‘If my sister’s killer is released, I’ll have to look over my shoulder’ – Man who murdered wife and child due for release (Irish Independent)

Pictured: Double murderer serving life for killing wife and daughter gets a taste of freedom with new prison job (Irish Independent)

Previously: Unreasonable Delay

Irvin Muchnick on Broadsheet

7 thoughts on “The Gibney-McCann Connection

  1. Donk

    Second captains done a good pod on Gibney last week. Grim stuff

    I can’t find info online – is Derry O’Rourke still locked up?

  2. kellma

    A well organized little pedophile ring it was… it’s like a storyline out of Law and Order SVU…

  3. Blonto

    Great work by broadsheet.ie, Irvin, Gemma O’Doherty and Justine McCarthy.
    All the hard work will be worthwhile if McCann is kept locked up and if Gibney and they rest of them are locked up.
    It’s bizarre that there is so much information in the public domain about the swimming paedophile ring, yet so many are still not on trial.
    What a terrible ordeal for Esther McCanns family. What an absolute animal.

  4. Lilly

    Esther’s sister on Marian just now highlighting the dangers of McCann upskilling on computers in advance of his release. He got life x 2 – why, she asks reasonably, is he getting out at all?

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