Deep Deception

Deep Deception : Ireland's Swimming Scandals

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In recent years, the world of Irish swimming was shattered by an appalling series of child sexual abuse scandals. Renowned swimming coaches George Gibney, Derry O'Rourke and Frank McCann have become synonymous with some of the worst crimes against children ever to come before the Irish courts. These coaches, the most respected in the sport, preyed on young swimmers. They exploited their dreams of greatness and betrayed the trust of their parents. Between them, they are believed to have left hundreds of victims in their wake. And the failure of the sport's authorities to respond adequately to complaints paved the way for the abuse of many more young victims. In candid interviews, survivors outline the effects of the abuse - psychiatric illnesses, broken marriages, financial hardship, and alcohol and drug addiction. This book examines the structures of Irish swimming, looks at the reasons these men escaped justice for so long and assesses the measures that have been taken to protect children in the aftermath of the scandals.

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • O'Brien Press Ltd
  • DublinIreland
  • English
  • 13 black & white halftones
  • 184717082X
  • 9781847170828
  • 1,141,328

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'all people involved in sport and households should have a copy of Deep Deception' -- Aidan O'Toole, Sunday Tribune 'bristles with anger, glows with compassion and asks some difficult questions ! a thoroughly researched and readable work' -- Sunday Tribune 'Heartrending' -- Sunday Tribune 'mandatory reading for every parent' -- Joe Duffy, Liveline, RTE Radio 1 'This is a story that needed to be written. All the victims have ever asked for is justice and for people to know what happened. Now, thanks to Justine McCarthy, they do.' -- Irish Times 'hard-hitting' -- Irish Daily Star Sunday 'very compellingly written' -- Pat Kenny, RTE Radio 1 'damning but compelling ! essential reading' 'the best of the large crop of books by Irish journalists this year, it grows beyond its immediate subject to become a terrifying anatomy of the capacity for denial and vilification within any enclosed world -- Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times 'it grows beyond its immediate subject to become a terrifying anatomy of the capacity for denial and vilification within any enclosed world' -- Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times

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About Justine Mccarthy

JUSTINE MCCARTHY is an award-winning journalist with The Sunday Tribune and a frequent broadcaster. She is also the author of Mary McAleese: The Outsider.

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