As best I can determine because it lacks a caption, this is a picture of Dr Mark Humphrys that he put on line in 2004. His image should make every professed anorak cringe, because Mark is the sort of person who could sweep the bogus claims of Ronan O'Rahilly into a dustbin; but unfortunately for us, that has not been the focal point of his attention.
Dr Humphrys lays claim to the oldest continuous family blog in Ireland, and his research shows that it is second-to-none.
Unfortunately for those interested in offshore radio history, Mark's sideline interests began with investigating the history of a motor car, and then they expanded into his own, and his wife's genealogical trees.
As a professional, Mark's professional roots are in academia, with a specialty in the subject of Artificial Intelligence. But thanks to his own current Blog and related web site pages linking to the Wayback Machine, we have access to his earlier work and it incorporates by various links, details that relate to the genealogy of the O'Rahilly family.
[See http://web.archive.org/web/20040603153956/http://www.compapp.dcu.ie/~humphrys/index.html ]
As I first explained several days ago , there are many who want me to "get on with it", but as I have also repeatedly explained, "the devil is in the detail" and the detail (or the devil), cannot be rushed. This is very true when it comes to understanding the fine print that is contained in legal contracts, and it is to an understanding of that kind of law that we turn to next.
At least one troll has insisted that Egan John Eoin O'Sullivan O'Rahilly, who styled himself as Aodogán, bought the old railway terminal at Greenore. As I previously stated, that is untrue. The troll then responded by citing a late-in-the-day report from Liverpool which merely made a connection without in-depth explanation. But again, "the devil is in the detail", and for this we need to spend a moment understanding the legal differences between a human being such as Aodogán O'Rahilly, and the business ventures that he was involved with.
Yesterday, I quoted a Ms. Sweetman who spoke about her Uncle Aodogán, and she stated that ".... as a very young man he started his own tile manufacturing company, Weatherwell Ltd, and later he formed Greenore Ferry Services, and he ran these successful businesses for many years." As stated, that explanation is perfectly fine, and there is nothing wrong with it. But, if like a troll, Ms Sweetman had said ".... as a very young man, Uncle Aodogán started manufacturing tiles and later he bought the Port of Greenore and the railway station"; that statement would be totally false. The question that must be addressed for a lay audience, is why would it be false?
The answer is found in the legal definition of the word "company" which is a legal word referring to an entity that can be created in various formats. These variations depend upon the purpose of the company, and the company must set out in text its raison d'être within Articles of Incorporation (or documents submitted for Registration), which may also be defined as the Constitution of that Company. It is more than a human birth certificate, because a human birth certificate does not demand an explanation why human parents decided to engage in sexual activity with the premeditated intention that it would result in the birth to a newborn human baby; but the creators of a company do have to explain the intended purpose behind their motivations.
A legal company can be registered as an "artificial person" with limited liability attached to its members, as long as they abide by their legal obligations to the "artificial person", or company. An "artificial person" or company has a 'life' of its own; a 'personality' of its own.
In the USA, back in 1819, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall stated that such an entity ".... is an artificial person, invisible, intangible, and existing only in contemplation of the law ...."
[See 'Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward, 17 U.S. 518 (1819) at:
Therefore it is totally incorrect to state that "Aodogán O'Rahilly started manufacturing tiles and later he bought the Port of Greenore and the railway station". Let me make this very clear, Aodogán O'Rahilly, that is, the father of Ronan O'Rahilly, did not buy, and therefore he did not own, the "private port at Greenore", as so many anoraks are want to say!
Now why is that important?
Because if Aodogán O'Rahilly did not buy the "private port at Greenore", and someone else did, and that "someone else" is an "artificial person", then we should not be focusing upon the human person of Aodogán O'Rahilly. Instead we should, and we will be focusing on the "artificial person" that is, or as it should now be written: 'was', since 'it' is now deceased, that company known as Weatherwell Ltd., and that is precisely what we will do, tomorrow.
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