This afternoon.

KC Peaches, Dame Street, Dublin 2.

Vax happy customers Patricia Bree (left) and Collette Harton enjoying café-made coffee in real cups on the first day of indoor dining and drinking for the sufficiently-dosed.

Lucky perishers.

*stares mournfully through café window*

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Meanwhile…

Fight!

Earlier: Into My Veins

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1575.

Rathlin Island, county Antrim

Seriously late medieval.

Francis Drake?

From top: George Gibney (seated) returning home with the Irish Swimming Team from the 1988 Seoul Olympics; Irvin Muchnick

Irvin writes:

With the Olympics underway, below for Broadsheet readers is a ‘Director’s Cut’ of a February article for the Colorado Springs Gazette on the 30-year Irish-American odyssey of swimming’s George Gibney, the most notorious at-large sex criminal in sports history.

The American immigration and criminal status of a former Irish Olympic swimming head coach, who moved to the U.S. after being charged with dozens of instances of sexual assaults of athletes he coached — and whose odyssey in this country began in the Denver area more than a quarter of a century ago — has gained renewed attention in the wake of the 10-part podcast series, Where Is George Gibney?.

The podcast led to the emergence, in both Ireland and the U.S., of up to 18 former swimmers with fresh allegations that Gibney abused them, according to the BBC, the producer in association with Second Captains. The BBC said the series, produced by Mark Horgan, has garnered more than two million worldwide listens.

In 2015, 21 years after a controversial Irish Supreme Court decision facilitated the quashing of Gibney’s original prosecution, the country’s director of public prosecutions had reopened an investigation of him at the behest of a now-retired TD, Maureen O’Sullivan, who campaigned for his extradition to face renewed criminal charges.

In 2018, O’Sullivan met in Washington with Congresswoman Jackie Speier, a leader monitoring the issue of sexual abuse in youth sports programs. Speier assumed the role when another California Democrat, George Miller, retired after investigating USA Swimming in his capacity as ranking member of the House Education and Workforce Committee. In 2014, Miller forwarded his findings to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Both the U.S. Department of Justice and the state prosecutor’s office in Hillsborough County, Florida, have interests in reexamining the permanent resident alien status of and sex crime allegations against Gibney, now 72 years old and living in Altamonte Springs, north of Orlando. The multitude of allegations includes one that, in 1991, he raped and impregnated a 17-year-old swimmer in Tampa during his Irish team’s training trip. The victim has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals ever since.

Additionally, the Gibney extradition campaign has intensified questions about the knowledge of his presence here by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s USA Swimming, especially during his brief tenure as a coach for a team in Colorado, and about whether the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), a professional group that specializes in troubleshooting coaches’ visas, helped arrange for Gibney’s move and first job in the U.S.

A federal investigation of Gibney is an offshoot of a reported federal grand jury probe of USA Swimming, by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, for insurance fraud, hiding of assets, and cover-up of abuse cases.

Gibney’s own movements in North America, and perhaps South America as well 20 or more years ago, are being scrutinized by the Justice Department’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS). Jane Khodarkovsky, a human trafficking finance specialist for MLARS, has not returned phone and email messages seeking comment.

Jonathan Little, an attorney who has represented dozens of plaintiffs in abuse claims against USA Swimming and other Olympic sports bodies, called Gibney “a monster” whose misconduct may exceed in scale that of Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics doctor who molested hundreds of athlete-patients. A recent report by the Justice Department’s inspector general criticised the FBI for botching solid information about Nassar’s crimes across a period of many years.

Little said.

“George Gibney is the most prolific child molester in Olympic sports history, including Larry Nassar. Gibney raped children not only in Ireland but in the United States. The fact that Gibney is permitted to stay in the United States when his criminal history is so well known is baffling to me and it shows the true power of the Olympic movement. As citizens, we need to be asking: ‘Who in our government is allowing Gibney to stay here and why?’”

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Aoife Cunningham

Beginnings

my powers are growing,

Im hugging the Rowan.

I attempt to plant my roots.

I can hear it in my heart,

The howling chants,

of the fire….

My invitation lies ahead.

An enchantress in her element.

I write to report.

Words have the power to cure.

Embrace my talent,

Grab the pen!

A soul lined with glitter,

From vein to finger tip.

Glitter and gold…

With a sprinkler of pleasure.

In the magical death of silence.

I search and heal.

Will I find my missing essence?

One day,

I will retreat back to my sanctuary.

Aoife Cunningham

Previously: A Path Made Of Thorns

Memory Storage

Wings Of Wardship

Running Out

Pic by @Donnphotogprahy

This afternoon.

Granville Hotel, Waterford.

It begins.

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This afternoon.

Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Michelle Murphy (left) and Ivet Corvea from Cuba settle back with some hooch in Cafe en Seine on the first day of indoor dining/boozing for the vaccinated.

Hic.

Earlier…

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This afternoon.

Doheny & Nesbitt, Lower Baggott Street, Dublin 2

Double jabbed Jim Whelan sinks back a pint of Guinness from barman Damian Ellis on the first day of indoor dining and drinking for the vaxxed.

Earlier…

This morning/afternoon.

Dame Court, Dublin 2.

Jubilantly jabbed regulars Jim O Neill (top) and Vincent Bryon (above) savour their first pints of indoor Guinness from Dame Tavern owner Pat Wood.

Earlier….

This morning.

Capel Street, Dublin.

Fully-vaxxed tippler Jimmy Nooks gets a second pint of Guinness from Becky Roche on the first day of indoor dining and boozing for the jabbed.

Lucky blighter.

Earlier: But Some Are More Equal Than Others

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Later…

It’s your only man, in fairness.

(cheeky Van Morrison photobomb, top right)

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