Whistleblowers Limerick date announced

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

A LIMERICK date of the Lance Armstrong Whistleblowers talk takes place at 8pm on Monday, February 25 in the Lime Tree Theatre.

A LIMERICK date of the Lance Armstrong Whistleblowers talk takes place at 8pm on Monday, February 25 in the Lime Tree Theatre.

Tickets go on sale for Whistleblowers: David Walsh and Paul Kimmage in conversation with Limerick Leader editor Alan English - from 10am on Monday, February 4.

Tickets costing €15 / €12 (students/pensioners/unwaged) are available from http://limetreetheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873490827/events

All proceeds will go to two Limerick charities - Cycle 4 Sick Children and Limerick Simon Community.

A Whistleblowers event takes place in Dublin on February 11, and Mr English says he is delighted that his former Sunday Times colleagues are coming to Limerick.

“The Lime Tree is a beautiful new 510-seat theatre, an excellent venue. All the proceeds will go to Cycle 4 Sick Children and Limerick Simon Community,” said Mr English.

Perhaps one of the reasons the extraordinary Lance Armstrong saga has so riveted the Irish public is because two of the country’s greatest sports journalists were his biggest sceptics - David Walsh and Paul Kimmage.

Both challenged the fairytale that Armstrong successfully sold to the world while winning the Tour de France seven times - and they pursued the truth with courage, resourcefulness and tenacity, always fired by the burning conviction that Armstrong was a fraud and a doper.

They endured both personal abuse and lawsuits aimed at preventing them from telling the truth about Armstrong, now widely regarded as the biggest cheat in sports history. Now, their journalism has been resoundingly vindicated.

Alan English was himself sued by Armstrong over a piece he wrote detailing David Walsh’s long pursuit of the cyclist. The Sunday Times has now countersued, seeking £1 million from Armstrong after it was forced to settle that libel case in 2006.

The Leader editor will talk to two of the major players in the sordid saga of Lance Armstrong about the roles they played - and their hopes for a cleaner sport.

Questions will also be taken from the audience.