Where did the money come from to create two offshore radio stations called 'Caroline'?
None of the books that have been published to date answer that question. Same with the radio and TV documentaries. Instead a fake story about a guy named Ronan O'Rahilly has been promoted in which he was given thousands of Pounds in cash from the owner of an unnamed bank account. Supposedly it was funded by John Sheffield, Jocelyn Stevens and a character named 'Jimmy Ross' who never existed.
But the facts show that the this story, first put forward as a novel by Ian Cowper Ross in 1990, and then claimed in 1991 to be fact, is a 'cover' and diversion for the real story which has never been told.
The enigma in the Radio Caroline myth is that Ronan O'Rahilly's father was not wealthy, nor the owner of a Port at Greenore, Ireland. Nor did Ronan O'Rahilly do any of the things he claimed. Instead, he took tiny incidents and expanded them into a CV of activities which never happened in the way he claimed.
Ronan O'Rahilly first met Allan Crawford in 1963 and O'Rahilly went to Houston, Texas in June 1963 on behalf of Crawford. Within hours of each other, the two Caroline ships were acquired for conditional use in December 1963, and in February 1964 an Irish advertising sales company was registered. We have all of the documentation for this, including the incorporation papers, and they do not support the 'Caroline myth'. Then in March 1964 Radio Caroline began broadcasting using one ship.
No one has ever explained how any of this was possible because no one had tried to explain where the money came from - until the myth of 1990 was created by Ian Cowper Ross, and that story is totally without foundation in fact. However, it DOES contain vital clues to the real story!
We worked with Don Pierson (Radio London, Radio England and Britain Radio) and he gave us access to all of the legal and financial details of his stations. But Radio Caroline has always been shrouded in secrecy and myth. Instead, the crazy, idiotic and stupid story spun by Ian Cowper Ross has been been promoted to fill in details that even Ronan O'Rahilly could not address.
The true story is not about broadcasting, but about an entirely different agenda that has relevance to millions of people in 2021. It is not about 'pirate radio', which is a story for fools to believe.
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