12 episodes

A famous Olympic coach charged with child sexual abuse never stood trial. Instead, he vanished.

Reporter Mark Horgan travels across Ireland, the UK and the US on his trail.

Where Is George Gibney‪?‬ BBC Podcasts

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A famous Olympic coach charged with child sexual abuse never stood trial. Instead, he vanished.

Reporter Mark Horgan travels across Ireland, the UK and the US on his trail.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    10. Sea Swimming

    10. Sea Swimming

    As a police investigation into Gibney is confirmed, survivors around the world begin to talk. A significant voice in the story of George Gibney comes forward.

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    Credits

    Reporter: Mark Horgan
    Produced and written by: Mark Horgan and Ciarán Cassidy
    Co-Producer: Maria Horgan
    Research and fact checking: Killian Down
    Editing: Ciarán Cassidy
    Composer: Michael Fleming
    Sound mixing: Ger McDonnell

    Caroline’s letter is voiced by Clare Monnelly

    Theme tune by Aaron Dessner

    Executive Producer for BBC: Dylan Haskins
    Commissioning Editor: Jason Phipps

    Where is George Gibney? is a Second Captains Production for BBC Sounds

    This podcast refers to child sexual abuse and contains interviews that some listeners may find upsetting, as well as some occasional strong language.

    If you've been affected by any of the issues in this series, please contact support organisations in your own country.

    For a list of organisations in the UK that can provide support for survivors of sexual abuse, go to bbc.co.uk/actionline.

    • 44 min
    9. Her Voice is Coming

    9. Her Voice is Coming

    Survivors continue to come forward for the first time and a new voice emerges from Waterford. We tell the story of Loraine Kennedy with some help from her daughter, Louise.

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    Credits

    Reporter: Mark Horgan
    Produced and written by: Mark Horgan and Ciarán Cassidy
    Co-Producer: Maria Horgan
    Research and fact checking: Killian Down
    Editing: Ciarán Cassidy
    Composer: Michael Fleming
    Sound mixing: Ger McDonnell

    Theme tune by Aaron Dessner

    Executive Producer for BBC: Dylan Haskins
    Commissioning Editor: Jason Phipps

    Where is George Gibney? is a Second Captains Production for BBC Sounds

    This podcast refers to child sexual abuse and contains interviews that some listeners may find upsetting, as well as some occasional strong language.

    If you've been affected by any of the issues in this series, please contact support organisations in your own country.

    For a list of organisations in the UK that can provide support for survivors of sexual abuse, go to bbc.co.uk/actionline.

    • 37 min
    A message to listeners - new bonus Q&A episode out now on BBC Sounds

    A message to listeners - new bonus Q&A episode out now on BBC Sounds

    Download the free BBC Sounds app to hear a new bonus Q&A episode with Mark and Cass.

    • 59 sec
    8. Talk

    8. Talk

    As our journey in the US comes to an end, it’s time to talk to George Gibney. But he hasn’t left his house in days and we don’t know why. Time is running out.

    Credits

    Reporter: Mark Horgan
    Produced and written by: Mark Horgan and Ciarán Cassidy
    Co-Producer: Maria Horgan
    Research and fact checking: Killian Down
    Editing: Ciarán Cassidy
    Composer: Michael Fleming
    Sound mixing: Ger McDonnell

    Theme tune by Aaron Dessner

    Executive Producer for BBC: Dylan Haskins
    Commissioning Editor: Jason Phipps

    Where is George Gibney? is a Second Captains Production for BBC Sounds

    This podcast refers to child sexual abuse and contains interviews that some listeners may find upsetting, as well as some occasional strong language right from the start.

    If you've been affected by any of the issues in this series, please contact support organisations in your own country.

    For a list of organisations in the UK that can provide support for survivors of sexual abuse, go to bbc.co.uk/actionline.

    The final two episodes of Where Is George Gibney? will take into account some of the correspondence and coverage received over the past eight weeks. Episode 9 will be available on Thursday 3rd December, with episode 10 coming a week later. You’ll be able to listen first via the BBC Sounds app which is available to download for free wherever you are in the world.

    • 28 min
    7. Christ Renews

    7. Christ Renews

    We discover new information on Gibney’s life today and investigate his religious and coaching links. A Hall of Fame coach speaks publicly about his mentor for the first time.

    Credits

    Reporter: Mark Horgan
    Produced and written by: Mark Horgan and Ciarán Cassidy
    Co-Producer: Maria Horgan
    Research and fact checking: Killian Down
    Editing: Ciarán Cassidy
    Composer: Michael Fleming
    Sound mixing: Ger McDonnell

    Theme tune by Aaron Dessner

    Executive Producer for BBC: Dylan Haskins
    Commissioning Editor: Jason Phipps

    Where is George Gibney? is a Second Captains Production for BBC Sounds

    This podcast refers to child sexual abuse and contains interviews that some listeners may find upsetting, as well as some occasional strong language.

    If you've been affected by any of the issues in this series, please contact support organisations in your own country.

    For a list of organisations in the UK that can provide support for survivors of sexual abuse, go to bbc.co.uk/actionline.

    • 38 min
    6. Sunshine State

    6. Sunshine State

    We learn of another abuse allegation involving Gibney, this time in Florida. A gifted former swimmer called ‘Susan’ is no longer well enough to talk to us. Her sister tells her story.

    Credits

    Reporter: Mark Horgan
    Produced and written by: Mark Horgan and Ciarán Cassidy
    Co-Producer: Maria Horgan
    Research and fact checking: Killian Down
    Editing: Ciarán Cassidy
    Composer: Michael Fleming
    Sound mixing: Ger McDonnell

    Theme tune by Aaron Dessner

    Executive Producer for BBC: Dylan Haskins
    Commissioning Editor: Jason Phipps

    Where is George Gibney? is a Second Captains Production for BBC Sounds

    This podcast refers to child sexual abuse and contains interviews that some listeners may find upsetting.

    If you've been affected by any of the issues in this series, please contact support organisations in your own country.

    For a list of organisations in the UK that can provide support for survivors of sexual abuse, go to bbc.co.uk/actionline.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
203 Ratings

203 Ratings

RCSanFran ,

Powerful

This is a disturbing story I was not familiar with. I give praise to those who carried through with this podcast and gave all of these victims a voice. It is a hard story to here but incredibly important.

no nickname listener ,

In appreciation

Thanks for giving voice to the survivors and for all who care about justice and about keeping children safe from predators like this man. Well done, professional and compassionate podcast done with such sensitivity. And much appreciation to those who shared their story in such a public way.

Elbybara ,

A bit hard to follow, wish there was less filler content

A very important story to tell, though I wish it had been executed better. It’s unclear why so much time was spent following/watching Gibney in Florida yet taking no action, and why this was even included in the final broadcast (mostly seems like filler content, designed to elicit suspense, which doesn’t seem appropriate). I also found it difficult to remember all the different people involved over the years and in this podcast. While it’s not my favorite investigative journalism, I’m thankful for the efforts to shine a light on the horrors this man inflicted on children and the tragedy that the law failed to hold him accountable.

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