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by Irvin Muchnick



An offshoot of our investigation of former rapist Irish national swim team coach George Gibney — a long-time American permanent resident alien and No. 1 at-large sex criminal in global sports — is the disturbing history of someone who seems to have been an early Irish colleague and perhaps even supervisor: John Furlong, CEO of Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics.

Furlong was the athletic director of the Newpark School in Blackrock, County Dublin, in the same early 1970s period when Gibney was a teacher there. By 1976, Gibney had founded the Trojan Swim Club, which operated out of the school’s new aquatic complex.

As Canadian writer Laura Robinson has documented, Furlong leaves a trail of his own abuse allegations. His patriotic autobiography, a bestseller in Canada and the springboard for his lucrative current gigs as an inspirational speaker and fabulist, conveniently omits Furlong’s time in Canada several years before he officially emigrated from Ireland to Canada. In 1969 Furlong taught at a Catholic missionary school in Burns Lake, British Columbia, where he exhibited undeniable physical and mental cruelty against the First Nations (indigenous) children he was teaching and proselytizing, and where numerous victims credibly contend that he sexually abused them as well.

Now the First Nations group has asked Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, to force Furlong to step down from his chairmanship of the government-funded sports organization Own the Podium. See

See also this compelling article in the National Observer by Joan McEwen — the only journalist other than Robinson who has bothered to tell the Furlong accusers’ side of the story: “Waiting to be heard: Claimants versus John Furlong,”

My first take last month on the Gibney-Furlong connection is at Headline links to all of Concussion Inc.’s Gibney coverage are below.



Why Is George Gibney — No. 1 At-Large Pedophile in Global Sports — Living in Florida? And Who Sponsored His Green Card?

Published January 27th, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Offers Confused Initial Response to FOIA Request For Rapist Irish Coach George Gibney’s Visa and Green Card Files

Published February 18th, 2015

Senator Feinstein Leads Congressional Group Assisting Concussion Inc. in FOIA Request For Former Irish Coach George Gibney’s U.S. Immigration Records

Published February 19th, 2015

How Former USA Swimming President Dale Neuburger Responded To an American Court To Questions About Rapist Irish Coach George Gibney – Now Living in Florida With a Green Card

Published February 22nd, 2015

Rapist Irish National Coach George Gibney in Colorado in 2000 – Coached For USA Swimming Club, Claimed To Be on Board of At-Risk Youth Center, Traveled to Peru With a Priest

Published February 23rd, 2015

Colorado Police Confirm Basics of Concussion Inc.’s George Gibney Reporting; Questions Persist on USA Swimming’s Cover-Up Role

Published February 24th, 2015

Archdiocese of Denver ‘No Comments’ Irish Coach George Gibney – Plus Other New Notes on USA Swimming’s Cover-Up

Published February 24th, 2015

George Gibney’s USA Swimming Club in Denver Claims ‘No First-Hand Knowledge’ of His Dismissal and Notice to Others in 2000

Published February 25th, 2015

More Info on George Gibney at the USA Swimming Club in Denver, As Public Records Requests Escalate

Published February 25th, 2015

What’s Ahead in the George Gibney / USA Swimming Investigation

Published February 26th, 2015

BREAKING: Arvada (Colorado) Police Say George Gibney Left North Jeffco Swim Team As Early As 1995, Following Sexual Harassment Incident And Exposure of His Irish Past

Published February 27th, 2015

“Alleged abuser Gibney’s green card queried” — Sunday Times of London, Irish Edition

Published March 1st, 2015

George Gibney Swimming Abuse Cover-Up Featured Tonight on Irish TV

Published March 2nd, 2015

Here’s the 2000 Wheat Ridge (Colorado) Police Report on Rapist Irish National Team and USA Swimming Coach George Gibney

Published March 3rd, 2015

Member of Irish Parliament Calls on Government to Seek George Gibney’s Extradition From the U.S.

Published March 3rd, 2015

Tuesday Night Notes on the Exploding George Gibney / USA Swimming Story on Two Continents

Published March 3rd, 2015

See It Now – Irish Legislator O’Sullivan, Journalist McCarthy, Whistleblower Parent Discuss the Quest For George Gibney Justice on TV3’s ‘Tonight With Vincent Browne’

Published March 4th, 2015

Wheat Ridge (Colorado) Police: We Destroyed 1998 Report on George Gibney

Published March 4th, 2015

Status of Our Freedom of Information Act Request For George Gibney’s Immigration Files — Now Being Closely Watched in Both Ireland and U.S.

Published March 4th, 2015

Link to Irish Times Story on Irish Parliament’s Maureen O’Sullivan’s Appeal For Extradition of George Gibney

Published March 4th, 2015

What Complicates American Prosecution of Irish National Team and USA Swimming Coach George Gibney For His 1991 Rape on American Soil

Published March 5th, 2015

Irish Times: Minister of Justice to Discuss Legislator’s Appeal For Extradition of George Gibney

Published March 5th, 2015

Reprint of Sunday Times Article on Muchnick’s Freedom of Information Request For Rapist Irish and USA Swimming Coach George Gibney’s American Immigration Records

Published March 6th, 2015

Roundup of New Media Coverage of Irish National Team and USA Swimming Rapist Coach George Gibney

Published March 6th, 2015

Irish Legislator: George Gibney Prosecution Follow-Up Being Pursued in Both Ireland and U.S.

Published March 10th, 2015

“Disgraced coach Gibney investigated in America” – Sunday Times of London

Published March 15th, 2015

Irish Legislator Seeks Assistance on George Gibney From Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Published March 16th, 2015

Reprint of Sunday Times Article on ConcussionInc.’s Reports of Investigations of George Gibney by Colorado Police

Published March 16th, 2015

Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman May Ask to Inspect 1995 Arvada Police Report of Sexual Assault Complaint Against Ireland and USA Swimming’s George Gibney

Published March 18th, 2015

U.S. Immigration Agency Official: ‘Final Review’ For Release of George Gibney Files Is Under Way

Published March 19th, 2015

Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Decides (Reasonably) Not to Intervene in Arvada Public Record Matter – All Eyes on Our Fed FOIA Request for George Gibney’s Immigration Files

Published March 23rd, 2015

Irish Times: ‘Detective Appointed to Look Into George Gibney Case’

Published March 28th, 2015

Rapist Irish National Swim Team Coach George Gibney’s American Odyssey Begins — And May End — In Florida

Published April 12th, 2015

U.S. Government Asserts Blanket Privacy Redactions of Rapist Irish National Swim Team Coach George Gibney’s Immigration Files — FOIA Appeal Is Likely

Published May 5th, 2015

Muchnick Appeals Government’s Rejection of George Gibney Immigration Records FOIA

Published May 21st, 2015

Federal Court Appeal Next After Government Denies Internal Appeal For Release of Rapist Irish National Swim Team Coach George Gibney’s American Immigration Records

Published June 12th, 2015

Courthouse News Service Reports Our Federal Court Appeal For Rapist Former Irish National Swim Team Coach George Gibney’s U.S. Immigration Records

Published July 7th, 2015

U.S. District Court Senior Judge Charles Breyer to Preside Over Gibney FOIA Case

Published July 14th, 2015

Court Pleading in Gibney FOIA Appeal

Published July 15th, 2015

Irish Independent Covers Our George Gibney FOIA Lawsuit

Published July 18th, 2015

Update on George Gibney Criminal Investigation in Ireland

Published July 21st, 2015

Irish Legislator to Representative Speier and More Than 100 Women in U.S. Congress: Help Us Get Justice in the Matter of Swim Coach George Gibney

Published July 28th, 2015

IrishCentral: ‘How did an indicted Irish pedophile manage to get a US green card?’

Published July 30th, 2015

‘US lawmakers urged to release Gibney ’s files’ — Sunday Times of London

Published August 2nd, 2015

Roundup of Irish and U.K. Coverage of George Gibney Investigation and Our FOIA Litigation in the U.S.

Published August 6th, 2015

U.S. Government Answers Muchnick’s George Gibney FOIA Court Complaint

Published August 6th, 2015

Sunday Times of London: “Swimmer says Gibney ‘gained visa in lottery’”

Published August 8th, 2015

Reprint of Sunday Times of London Article: ‘Swimmer Says Gibney Obtained Visa in Lottery’

Published August 10th, 2015

To End the George Gibney Misery, Good People in America Must Reach Across the Water to Good People in Ireland

Published August 10th, 2015

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