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The Second Captain who went in search of George Gibney

Paul Kimmage


Mark Horgan has spent his career behind the scenes and in the shadow of his brilliant siblings, Sharon and Shane. But his new podcast series on the notorious swimming coach could change all that

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Mark Horgan. Photo: Tricia Yourkevich

Mark Horgan. Photo: Tricia Yourkevich

Mark Horgan. Photo: Tricia Yourkevich

There's a fear rooted in all of us, a kind of primal instinct, that men who sit in cars at night are up to no good. That's what worried them. It was dark, they were sitting in a wine-coloured SUV, and it was the only parked car on the street. And this was America. What if someone peered through a curtain and decided to call the cops? Or came out a front door pointing a gun?

It was a classic suburban neighbourhood; timber-framed homes with US flags on the porches, pickups in the driveways and well-tended lawns. Mark Horgan sat at the wheel and checked his mirrors constantly; Ciarán Cassidy sat in the back and stared through the rear window at the house across the street.

They had found the house on Google maps and had been studying the neighbourhood for months: the way in, the way out, every twist and turn. Two days had passed since their flight from Dublin had touched down. They had hired the car, checked into an Airbnb and taken a dummy run to the neighbourhood to check the layout against their notes.