The idea that Ronan O'Rahilly kissed-off working in his father's business and then headed for London is a lie.
That is a fact proven by official Irish records.
But what is now surfacing for the very first time that we are aware of, is the sheer "coincidence" that one of the most important and powerful Irish politicians suddenly quit government and joined the Post Office in London during the same year that Ronan O'Rahilly also showed up in London.
Not only that, but Irish politician George Coburn had represented the area in which Weatherwell Limited (which was managed by Ronan O'Rahilly's father), had sunk money from a government-backed loan, to acquire property at Greenore which had then turned into a liability, and not an asset.
The fact that George Coburn went to London to work for "the Post Office" seems to be in itself a very, very strange decision, and what he then did in London at the Post Office, we don't know right now. But keep in mind that "the Post Office" is the General Post Office; the GPO; the institution managed by the Postmaster General who had control over broadcasting licences.
In 1961 the Tories were in control of the British government in London when George Coburn arrived, and the Postmaster General at that time was Reginald Bevins. This is the same person who had to work with Sir Harry Pilkington whose Committee delivered its now infamous Report a few months later on June 27, 1962.
On March 12, 2009, 'The Argus' reported the following redacted obituary about George Coburn which can be read in its entirety at:
"George Coburn 1920 - 2009 'The reluctant Deputy' would possibly be the best description of George Coburn who died in the Louth County Hospital on Wednesday last, February 25th for he had one of the most remarkable political careers in Dail Eireann, winning three elections, two within months, yet walked away from public life for personal reasons without ever losing an election.
.... George was thrust into politics on the death of his father, James in 1954, and while he won the by-election and held his seat in the general election in the same year, was re-elected in 1957, he stood down before the 1961 election, left politics behind, and headed for a new life in London where he worked until his retirement in 1985.
As a boy growing up on St. Mary's Road, George's life would have been dominated by politics. His father James .... was first elected to Dail Eireann as a National League Party candidate for Louth in June, 1927 and re-elected in the subsequent general election in September of the same year. .... and was re-elected at each general election until 1951. He died during the 14th Dail on March 3rd, 1954. His funeral is still remembered by historians and others as the biggest ever seen in Dundalk either before or since.
.... The baton fell to George the oldest son, then a fitter working on the GNR, and aged just 33. His selection to stand in the by-election to be held in May, 1954 .... Perhaps inevitably George Coburn was swept to victory on a tide of emotional support for the family .... The scenes that greeted George Coburn's election were talked about years afterwards for a crowd of thousands assembled outside of the AOH hall in Jocelyn Street before a number of bands led a torchlight parade round the town that took the route past Geooge's Castle Road home and ended at the Market Square where thousands had gathered. The celebrations didn't end there for they moved to Drogheda where again hundreds gathered and back through Ardee and Dunleer.
It was a remarkable achievement for Fine Gael, perhaps their greatest ever victory in Louth, and again led to thousands pouring onto the streets to celebrate, witb bonfires, marching bands and a massive Market Square meeting addressed by the two young TD's from Louth.
Mr. Coburn held his seat in the next election ..... in 1961 to the surprise of some, but not those close to George, he decided to leave public life, stating that he would not be a candidate. In September, two months before that election, a dinner was held in George's honour and at which he revealed that he was leaving public life for 'personal reasons'.
It was a difficult time economically to be representing Louth and Dundalk in particular in the Dail for during Mr. Coburn's tenure the GNR (Great Northern Railway) which was then employing almost 1,000 men closed to be replaced by a number of smaller industries.
Shortly afterwards George left for London with his wife, Kathleen where he worked in the post office."
This account make it very clear that George Coburn was very familiar with the situation at Greenore, but what we don't know at the moment, is how close he was to the O'Rahilly family.
There does seem to have been a shift in the political views of Ronan's father Aodogán, who, (unlike his brother, Ronan's uncle), was opposed to Hitler's Germany during World War II. Ronan's father's growing interest in free enterprise and American wife, led him to expand a business relationship with British port authorities. He had of course been born at Hove in England.
The impression created by many anorak writers and some scholars who merely repeat myths handed-down from author-to-author, is that Radio Caroline was in some way connected to celebrating the Irish Rising of 1916, when nothing could be further from the truth. Radio Caroline was draped in the colors of the British Crown, which like most organizations was not, and is not, as monolithic as it might appear at first glance to the hoi polloi.
Therefore what George Coburn and Ronan O'Rahilly were both really doing during 1961 in London, is of great interest to this investigation.
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