While not always intending to be political arch-propagandists, tellers of history are sometimes the most dishonest bunch of trouble-makers to ever populate this Planet. Their work is often the relied-upon excuse to start wars of so-called restitution or even retribution. That is why we do our best to avoid using the word history and call ourselves 'YesterTecs'.
There is a difference; a big difference between historians and YesterTecs.
Our approach is that of a team of detectives who are reopening and researching a cold crime case: a case where everything is claimed to have been settled, and where the "good" and the "bad" have already been identified and defined to the satisfaction of those telling the tales of history. Those are the tales oft-repeated by one Teller quoting another Teller. Yet there remains those vague blank-spots that no one else seems to talk about.
That's where YesterTecs enter the picture!
The story of the past as it relates to the archipelago known as the British Isles, includes the island of Ireland, a land drenched in blood of those wanting freedom by those wanting to dominate and control the inhabitants. As YesterTecs we examine all of the evidence, and as part of our own road to discovery, we have previously acknowledged the genealogical research work performed by Mark Humphrys:
It is for similar reasons that we also acknowledge the work of:
It is from this source that we obtained both the antique map of Ireland by Barry Lawrence Ruderman, and other information that we now wish to draw your attention. That text appears under their heading of 'Key Events in Irish History'.
We are not sure why, but in their timeline, number '9' is about the events of 1916, and that is followed by their number '10' concerning events that took place in 1972, which they have identified as referring to 'Bloody Sunday'.
Their item '9' is headed: 'Sixteen Leaders of the Easter Rising are Executed'. In their reference paragraph that follows about "The men were leaders of the Easter Rising, which had exploded across central Dublin in late April"; there is no mention of 'The O'Rahilly'.
But since he was not that pioneer, fawning writers should have headed the advice given in the old TV commercial linked above.
There is a lesson to be learned from that old TV commercial.
Our own research into the origins of Radio Caroline has extended over decades, and it was by following various links and leads that we came across the person of 'Freeborn' John Lilburne. See: http://foundthreads.com/02.html
Unlike Ronan O'Rahilly, 'Freeborn John' does hold valuable lessons for today, but again, unlike Ronan O'Rahilly, Lilburne has been ignored while the name of O'Rahilly has been promoted, and we would do well to see how that promotion of Ronan O'Rahilly began, and then became adopted for self-glorification.
Now this brings us back to the person of Michael Joseph Rahilly who was born in 1875 and became involved with the Gaelic language revival movement. He then began restyling his name as "Rathaile" and "Ua Rathaille" and "O'Rahilly".
Michael Rahilly; Rathaile; Ua Rathaille and O'Rahilly, is the person who died during the Easter Rising of 1916, and subsequently became identified as 'The O'Rahilly', as if there was only one of them. But there wasn't. We are inclined to think that Michael invented its use as a byline for his editorial work!
But this is where the confusion begins with Michael's son Eon who began restyling himself as Aodogán when his birth names are Egan John Eoin O'Sullivan O'Rahilly. As we have previously noted, Aodogán was born in 1904 at Hove (Brighton), England, and like his dad Michael, he also married a U.S. citizen.
All of this is extremely important because of the muddle that has been created as a result of these name modifications, and the true birth nation identity of the people concerned. This also bleeds over into the record of the Weatherwell company, and the property at Greenore. But we are taking all of this very slowly, one step at a time, because if ever there was a person who thrived on ambiguity and confusion, it was Ronan O'Rahilly!
In 1914, here is Michael Joseph Rahilly who is being identified as 'The O'Rahilly, and marked for deportation. In this news item he is further identified as the Treasurer and one of the principal founders of the Irish Volunteers. That entity cannot be immediately linked to the Irish Republican Army (IRA), although it was a precursor to events that followed which did involve IRA. But they took place after the death of Michael Rahilly.
Michael Rahilly, also known in 1914 as 'The O'Rahilly', was assistant editor and circulation manager of the Irish nationalist newspaper 'An Claidheamh Soluis' ('Sword of Light'): published by the Gaelic League. It became the propaganda motivational source that eventually resulted in the failed 'Easter Rising' of 1916, during which, Michael Rahilly died.
Then we come to this news item of May 5, 1916: "The body of The O'Rahilly, one of the rebel leaders, has been found in Moore Lane; adjacent to the General Post Office, I; it is believed that he was brought down by a shot from the military when he was trying to escape from the post-office."
This contemporary news report is at variance with other versions about the death of Michael Rahilly, but it seems to point to the idea that he coined his own newspaper byline as 'The O'Rahilly' when writing as assistant editor.
You may now wonder why that has any relevance at all to the issues at hand, and here is the reason why:
Some have been in the habit of claiming that Ronan O'Rahilly's father owned the Port at Greenore. He did not. He managed a company, of which he was also a director, that did. As previously explained, it was its own entity and not one-and-the-same as Ronan's father. That company bought property at two separate auctions at two different times, and the property that the company bought was land and improvements that were adjacent to what had at one time been a ferry terminal.
That terminal was not owned by British Railways, yet some claim that it was, and they also claim that Ronan's father owned the "private port" at Greenore, which he did not. So specifics are very important, and this is also true when it comes to laying down the genealogical foundation for the life and times of Ronan O'Rahilly!
There was more than one Irishman (other than Michael Rahilly), who referred to himself as 'The O'Rahilly'. Not only that, but at least one other person has been identified in a newspaper with that same byline, and that person was not a member of the newspaper profession!
"The devil is in the detail", and this is especially true when it comes to the work of unpicking all of the nonsense that has been written about the English-born father of Ronan O'Rahilly, whose father married a lady from Pennsyvania and gave Ronan an American-born mother!
Part 9 of the Nightmare at Greenore will continue here tomorrow.
He's not back in the news, but he should be, because of the story now breaking today. What we want to know is: Who was Allan James Crawford? Was he a CIA or MI6 operative, or was he representing some other 'Deep State' organization? We do know that he was not just a music publisher who wanted to start an offshore station called 'Radio Atlanta'!
Because at the very center of the storm now breaking in newspapers today, is Allan James Crawford. Back in 1975 he was on the front page of the Australian daily press, and that was "back in the day".
But what "day" was that?
It was during the Vietnam War when Australia had thrown in its lot with the USA and giant CIA bases were operating out of the Outback and on the Western coastline of Australia.
This is the same Allan James Crawford who begat Radio Caroline and used Ronan O'Rahilly as his agent who he sent to Houston, Texas in June 1963.
Then that same Ronan O'Rahilly just 'popped-up' in the office of Jocelyn Stevens with his young buddies Ian Cowper Ross and Christopher Moore to begin the pretense that they had nothing to do with Allan James Crawford.
But of course that was a lie, and it is the big lie that we are in the process of unmasking. When this news story broke today we decided to cover it - again! Yes, back on 5/29/2020 we ran a story titled: "Why we have no time for trolls".
On our Comments forum the trolls keep trying to post their own rubbish, but now that we have a very strict policy against troll-type posts, they don't get on line. But yesterday, in addition to one from a whiner who even tried to blackmail us some time ago, another post came from a troll who wanted to know why we were bothering to include the U.S. Supreme Court interpretation of what a company is. The troll seemed to think that this is an exclusively British story.
Well, it's not!
The answer to the troll's gripe has to do with content within context, and in this instance it is because the O'Rahilly family is really half-American with some English blood mixed in for good measure. Going back from Ronan to his father, and Ronan's grandfather, we find a family that is half-American and half-Irish. In the instance of Ronan's dad, who was born in England and lived in Ireland, well, as you will soon learn, he got a chunk of change from U.S. taxpayers on the basis of a business proposal that he changed, after he got the money!
So what has any of this got to do with Greenore?
The answer is that it has everything to do with Greenore which actually emerged from obscurity thanks to the generosity of the United States of America for rebuilding the nations of Europe after World War II. That is how Ronan's dad got his money for Greenore. Not only that, but Ireland was included in this USA financial bail-out, even though Ireland was a "neutral" nation (leaning in the Allied direction), during the War years.
With Crawford turning out to be a real mystery man who is mired in deep-state geopolitics, and Ronan O'Rahilly acting as his stooge, it becomes really important to know who actually owned the assets of those radio ships used by Radio Caroline, and who owned the port facility where they were partially outfitted for broadcasting purposes. We have been assembling a lot of new material that you will not have seen before. It explains just how Ronan's father got involved with Greenore.
We will be revealing who actually bought it and how they bought it, and where the money came from.
In the meantime, check out this interesting story .... https://www.theage.com.au/national/how-the-loans-scandal-became-an-affair-to-remember-20050101-gdzadn.html because at its core is Allan James Crawford who died in obscurity in Wales, UK. His companion in the loans scandal who put Allan James Crawford on the front pages of Australia's daily newspapers, was Tirath Hassaram Khemlani, and guess what? He died in obscurity in Scotland, UK.
Well, this is where obscurity ends for all of them, including Aodogán O'Rahilly and the company known as Weatherwell Ltd., which he managed. Aodogán O'Rahilly did this with help from the U.S. government and its generous taxpayers, and although Aodogán O'Rahilly has gone into the anorak history books as the owner of the port at Greenore, like most things in those books, it is not true at all.
Part 8 of the Nightmare at Greenore continues here tomorrow.
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.
There are trolls out there who insist that Egan John Eoin O'Sullivan O'Rahilly who was born in 1904 at Hove (Brighton), England, bought the old railway terminal at Greenore.
He did not.
But the troll approach is to speak and write in generalities, but I am communicating in 'legal-speak' where "you know what I mean", doesn't cut it.
The plain fact of the matter is that Ronan's dad did not buy the old Greenore railway station; nor the old Greenore railway hotel.
It's amazing that I know anything about Ronan's dad, because so little has been written about him. Come to that; it is also amazing that so little has been written about the early life of his son Ronan O'Rahilly.
In fact, the entire O'Rahilly family is cloaked in obscurity!
But, if you pick up one of the 'know-it-all' anorak books, well, they will tell you everything; just like the trolls who buy and read them. The only problem is that what they tell you is rubbish!
Some are complaining that this entire recital is taking too long and it is too meticulous in its detail, but that is because it is as accurate as it is possible to be, at the moment. In fact, if more details come to light, they will be included in this recital which will eventually find its way into part of the text within a book format.
Before we delve into what the son of Egan John Eoin O'Sullivan O'Rahilly is alleged to have done, I am going to concentrate on what his father actually did.
We begin with this composite map:
First of all let's talk about the lineage of England-born Aodogán and his Pennysvalia-born wife Marion. Their offspring, in order of birth, are:
Now a lot of what we have come to know about Ronan's grandfather has come from the pen of his own father. Snippets have been vacuumed up to compile a book, or two. Others have then incorporated that work and amplified it.
But what do some of those closest to 'The O'Rahilly' have to say to others about their kinfolk? Well here is one example, and we will comment on its accuracy or otherwise, a little later on:
On May 23, 2017, this item appeared online at http://lattongaa.com/visit-ruth-sweetman/ It is an article about a Ms Ruth Sweetman in which she spoke to an assembled gathering about her kin folk. Her own 'claim to fame' arises from her relationship to the man who has become known as 'The O'Rahilly', whose proper name is Michael Joseph Rahilly. [See the genealogy listing in yesterday's Blog.]
(Ms Sweetman’s grandfather is) 'The O’Rahilly' (and he) had 4 younger siblings: Aodogán, Niall, Maolmuire and Ruairí. 'The O’Rahilly', had lived in America just after his marriage and again a few years later, and the family finally returned to live in Ireland in 1909. On his return to Ireland he was motivated by the wish to ensure a sound education for his sons, and she knows that her father .... qualified as an accountant and later still as a barrister in the mid-1930s.
She praises her Uncle Aodogán’s book 'Winding the Clock: O’Rahilly and the 1916 Rising', and she thinks that he was most like his father in his innovative nature. 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. He was also involved in the initiation of Bord na Móna. Ruth feels that the tragedy of her grandfather was that he realised that the Rising could not succeed. His famous remark: 'I’ve helped to wind the clock, I’ve come to hear it strike' is recalled ...."
Key to understanding what happened at Greenore, is an understanding of what 'Weatherwell Ltd' was all about, and that is what we will take a closer look at in tomorrow's Blog.
The reason why this Blog is called a 'Media-Microscope' is because this is a 'cold case' investigation where the true story is only now being revealed for the very first time - by anyone - by focusing on that idiom "the devil is in the detail". Unlike that idiom, which apparently no one is sure how it originated; details involving the creation of Radio Caroline can be taken apart, line item by line item, and we can know much more about the real story behind the creation of Radio Caroline.
Fortunately we have a road map. Actually, it is a railroad map that when followed, leads to the clues necessary to unraveling this mystery that so many writers have glossed over. Once we know the foundational details, then we can get back to addressing the problems that Harry Spencer ran into with a firm at Dundalk, and from there, we can also begin to comprehend the mess that George Saunders ran into. So although this is extremely tedious work, it is also extremely necessary: because no one else has been willing to microscopically analyze the details before now, and it all begins with a coat of arms for a defunct railway company.
However, I should also add that a basic grounding in relatively recent Irish history, and the genealogical record of the O'Rahilly family, must also be reviewed in conjunction with the geo-political lines drawn on a map of Ireland, in order to understand just what did happen, and why it happened in 1964 at Greenore. This is why this we need a 'media-microscope' in order to spot the 'devil in the details' that all of the other writers have obscured from view. Fortunately for us there is an expert in untangling the story of the O'Rahilly family, and it can be located at https://humphrysfamilytree.com/ORahilly/the.orahilly.html Here is an abbreviated version:
1. Michael Rahilly was born c.1765. He was always listed as "Rahilly" and not "O'Rahilly". Michael Rahilly married Ann Sullivan c.1795 and died c.1820. Their lineage included:
2. Michael Joseph Rahilly was born in 1810 and in 1836 he married Margaret McEllistrem. He died in 1849. Their lineage included:
3. Richard Rahilly was born in 1839. He married Ellen Mangen in 1868 and died in 1896. Their lineage included:
4. Michael Joseph Rahilly was born in 1875. He sailed for New York in 1898 where he married Nancy Brown in 1899. Both were wealthy and their honeymoon was a tour of France, Austria and Italy. They returned to New York and had a child in 1900 and in 1902 they traveled to Ireland and had a son who was born in 1903. In 1904 they moved to Hove, England where Egan who became known as Aodogán, was born that same year, and then they went back to the USA to take over his his wife's failing business in Philadelphia, Pennsyvania. The couple returned to Ireland in 1909, and that is when Michael Joseph Rahilly became involved with the Gaelic language revival movement and began restyling his name as "Rathaile" and "Ua Rathaille". He began calling himself "The O'Rahilly" in 1911.
In 1916, with the Rising about to draw to its failed conclusion, ".... he led 12 volunteers down Moore Street in Dublin in an attempt to set up another garrison. However, he was shot and died in a doorway." (Quoted from: 'The Irish Times': 'O'Rahilly memorial unveiled in Dublin'; Saturday, April 30, 2005.) His wife Nancy died in 1961. Their lineage included:
5. Egan John Eoin O'Sullivan O'Rahilly was born in 1904 at Hove (Brighton), England. He later began writing his first name of Egan as Aodogán. In 1934 he married Marion O'Connor who was possibly born in Philadelphia, Pennsyvania. Her father had emigrated from Ireland as a boy. In 1932, it is claimed that Aodogán and Marion bought their house plans for a future home in Ireland, from Macy's Department Store in New York City. It has been claimed that these plans represented 'Macy's 1932 House of the Year' which had been built inside the store. However, that information has not been verified by other sources at this time. Marion died in 1994, and Aodogán died in 2000.
To be continued tomorrow.
[Amended text on July 19, 2020 to incorporate item from 'The Irish Times' regarding the death of Michael Joseph Rahilly, ("The O'Rahilly").]
[PHOTOS LEFT] These are snapshots taken from the opening of the 1964 Granada TV program called 'World in Action'.
This is the same program that did its best to convince everyone that young Ronan O'Rahilly was the originator of Radio Caroline. But in that same TV program, when Ronan tried to explain how and why Greenore was selected as the location to outfit both the the mv Fredericia, and the mv Mi Amigo, he sort of made a mess of things because it became apparent that Ronan failed to understand geography; or even the local history of Greenore, let alone the history of the Republic Ireland! But then Ronan also boasted about being a failed student at school.
His gift of the gab was actually mired in mumbles, pauses and repetitive remarks. Said Ronan: "The Dutch were the people responsible for the picking of the vessel .... then the ship was brought to Greenore ...." Now, later on, a different tale was spun about the origins of the mv Caroline, ex-Fredericia. But here is Ronan admitting that the Dutch, and it this instance meaning Captain De Jong Lanau of Wijsmuller, procured the ship called Fredericia.
That procurement involved an arrangement with Ronan's father for use of a disused railway terminal with a wharf that abutted the water's edge. As we will reveal, Ronan's dad was cash-strapped and his receipt of an inquiry from Wijsmuller to rent or lease his non-productive waterfront property at Greenore was a win-win opportunity for him to make some easy money.
There was one big drawback. Captain De Jong actually represented a Protestant Irishman from Eire named Charles Orr Stanley who was acting through a number of people who were mainly English. While Ronan's father Aodogán was born in England, and he married Marion who was born in the USA, as the years went by, there was a constant reaching back by father and son to glorify to Ronan's grandfather. Because this man was hailed as one of the leaders of a series of uprisings that eventually led to separation for most of the island of Ireland from domination by London, for Aodogán it resulted in faux-anti-English bigotry. For his son Ronan, it manifested itself in kissing-up to as much of the British Establishment as he could!
It is if Ronan O'Rahilly got his inspiration for life from the back of a corn flakes box, or something similar. He had no depth; was amoral; contributed nothing and took as much as he could from other people. His feigned attachment to President John F. Kennedy is but one example of his shallow personality. But because Ronan could be bought, and because the Caroline project needed a physical spokesman, Ronan O'Rahilly was hired to do the job, along with a script writer named Ian Cowper Ross.
The problem with Ronan O'Rahilly's statement is that it is simply not true. But neither were the words written by David Block about Arthur Carrington. But the strange thing about the media is that it does not investigate, it simply accepts what is stated, and then either prints or broadcasts those statements as fact.
In the first place it is necessary to state a factual response to a ridiculous statement made by Ronan O'Rahilly. British Railways were created as a result of the British socialist Labour government's Transport Act of 1947. Before that date British Railways did not exist. Now when did the majority of the counties of the island of Ireland become independent? The answer is that the Republic was finally established on December 29, 1937, although there had been steps taken before that to sever ties with the United Kingdom. Now, let's see, this program on Granada TV was aired in 1964, and Ireland had become independent in 1937, and British Railways was not created until after 1947 and adoption of the Transport Act.
So, if Ireland was totally independent of the UK in 1937, how could the UK have established a British Railways operation at Greenore, after 1947, when British Railways was first formed?
It is impossible. It is a ridiculous statement but Granada TV allowed Ronan O'Rahilly to state this nonsense as fact, because it was left unchallenged. Today, when I say that Ronan O'Rahilly was a fake; a fraud and a liar, it is as if I have blasphemed some sort of religious Diety. Perhaps that is exactly what he became over time.
If Aodogán O'Rahilly did not buy some property from British Railways, what exactly did he buy and from whom did he buy it? The answer is that Aodogán O'Rahilly did not buy anything at all from anyone that later related to the facilities that serviced two radio ships!
It is important to establish the facts behind Ronan O'Rahilly's blather, because it also impacts upon what Harry Spencer did, and how his actions later impacted both George Saunders and Ove Sjöström.
This story will continue to unravel in tomorrow's Blog.
I have amended yesterday's blog several times by both modifying and expanding its text. If you have already read that entry, please take another look.
In the meantime a note of interest to the trolls who love to slag-off the surname of one of 'the Trio'.
I wonder if they have taken time to look at the Google map for Greenore and noticed what is next door to it?
Now take a look at this Tom Tom map from Bing, and it places that same location next door to Dundalk. It would appear that the Google map is in error.
The trouble with 'instant' referencing is that usually the wrong answers come up first, and this is especially true with anything to do with the O'Rahilly family and the birth of Radio Caroline. I will have a lot more to say about Dundalk and its relationship to Greenore in tomorrow's blog.
As for the Haggardstown name, well, it might be related because most of the variations on this name appear to originate from the same source. See: https://hagger.one-name.net/
Shock! Gasp! Horror!
Could 'he' have connections via genealogy to 'that' part of Ireland?
We don't know, but it's kind of an interesting thought, isn't it?
The reason for me restating the obvious, is because we need to review what has been revealed so far, and then we can build upon that knowledge. When I have finished documenting just this part of the timeline, you may well be demanding a full refund - with interest - from Paul Rusling - due to his fraudulent promotion of a 'bible' that he conned a number of people into buying.
1. The so-called 'Offshore Radio Museum' is also a real disappointment, because it once displayed pictures of a Caroline electrical power unit and claimed that it was a transmitter on board the mv Fredericia. As you will learn, that faux pas was actually a clue to solving the riddle of who built Radio Caroline, and why. But today this cyber ORM still proclaims errors such as this this one under 'Key Dates'. It reads: "1961 - Allan Crawford forms Project Atlanta Ltd to launch an offshore radio station beaming programmes to Britain."
Now that would have been prescient if it had been true, but of course Project Atlanta Limited was not registered until August 1, 1963. It is the same sort of fictitious claim that Paul Rusling seized upon to cobble together a really silly tale with help from a person who was once known in 1964 as Oonagh Leigh. The two of them seem maintain a fawning adoration for that now deceased hoaxter, Ronan O'Rahilly.
The reason is very easy to understand: The forerunner to Project Atlanta Limited, was a venture headed by Allan James Crawford. It involved the retired Trinity House vessel 'Satellite' which was docked at the Isle of Wight.
Crawford lost his financial backing from the John Delaney Organization when the seizure of the mv Lucky Star caused Delaney to fear that this is what could happen to his investment in the THV Satellite. So Delaney pulled out and Crawford lost his mortgage.
The curtain came down on Crawford around September 1962 which is when his own 'plan B' evaporated. Crawford wanted to lease the mv Magda Maria (ex-Bon Jour and soon to be Mi Amigo), from Bill Weaver who had rented a hotel room in London while the ship was anchored off Essex. But Bill Weaver had been told to sell it, and not lease it.
So the Magda Maria ended up at Galveston Island under the name of Mi Amigo in March 1963. The reason that it was taken to Texas is because Robert F. Kennedy as US Attorney General, and brother of the President, had requested it. He had been heading up a faction of the Central Intelligence Agency which had its base on the southern campus of the University of Miami.
The CIA had its own army; air force and navy, but its existence was denied at the time, although at least one Miami investigative reporter was exposing the truth to the world. Mixed up in RFK's planned use of the Mi Amigo was another CIA ship called mv Olga Patricia. This ship, which later became the home of two more offshore radio stations, was found to be much more suitable as a base from which to launch helium balloons dropping propaganda leaflets and other materials over Cuba.
But alas, Bobby Kennedy and his brother (who was the President of the United States of America), had been lying to the world after the Cuban Missile Crisis. See the newspaper front page illustrated above and the clipping below. They are dated: October 23, 1962. Clearly there were noisy protesters in London, England who thought that the Kennedys were war mongers anxious to trigger a nuclear showdown with the Russian Empire known as the USSR. This puts the fake adoration of JFK by Ronan O'Rahilly, back into the contemporary light. Not everyone loved the Kennedys because they were about as two-faced as lying politicians can be!
Right in the middle of this tale about the former Radio Nord ship being taken to Texas, and just before it left Texas to return to Europe, the President of the United States had his head blown apart by an assassin. It happened in broad daylight, and in the middle of Dallas, Texas during midday on Friday, November 22, 1963. This was Dallas, Texas: soon to be home of inspiration behind 'Wonderful Radio London' and PAMS jingles!
It should be noted that the same people whose names swirled around the death of JFK, were soon linked by Gordon McLendon's Dallas radio station KLIF, with a follow-up assassination of the alleged assassin's assassin. This one took place in the Dallas Police garage a day later!
Now if you are paying attention, you will notice that November 22, 1963 is a date just after the registration date in London of Project Atlanta Limited on August 1, 1963. It was also just before the mv Mi Amigo slipped out of port on December 29, 1963 to beat a hasty exit from Texas, loaded with transmitters made in Dallas. The very next day on December 30, 1963, Wijsmuller assisted in the purchase of the mv Fredericia at Copenhagen, Denmark, and then it was towed to Rotterdam, Holland.
But these are not the only dates that should be placed within a timetable of events in order to establish the beginning of the Radio Caroline project, and these events continue into its first test broadcast on Friday, March 27, 1964. Yesterday, we also established that these dates and events also need to be considered in context, so here they are, again:
1963 - August 1 - Project Atlanta Limited is registered with a skeleton board of directors. The big investors were not listed at that time.
1963 - September-October - Jocelyn Stevens stated on the Granada TV program 'World in Action', that this is when the Radio Caroline venture really began. It is possible that this period of time also contains the the date when Charles Orr Stanley, using his son John as project manager, took over behind-the-scenes management of the earlier Crawford venture that had been registered as Project Atlanta Limited. Their controlling hand was via a representative surrogate.
It was about this time that the heavy-hitters, mostly with a printing and publishing background, were added to the board of directors of Project Atlanta Limited. This is also where the connections to Jocelyn Stevens at Stevens Press Limited was also made. We have now found those links! What Rusling and other offshore radio writers all believed, is that the independent record industry and recording artists were the driving force behind the creation of Radio Caroline. Not so! The money primarily came from the printing and mainly newspaper publishing businesses, and they wanted to protect their own advertising bases by getting licenses for their own local, commercial radio stations! Charles Orr Stanley of Pye did not want to operate local commercial radio stations: he wanted to build and equip them with Pye Group products!
By gaining surrogate control of Radio Caroline, Stanley was able to import the technical management of Alfred Nicholas Thomas and John Howard Gilman who had previously worked with Stanley and a Pye company to create GBOK. However, its titular head named Arnold Swanson caused that project to collapse because he was a confidence trickster. His personal amorality resulted in his divorce and imprisonment after engaging in underage sex in Canada.
With legal issues concerning the so-called 'Hovering Acts' already addressed, and with heavy financing in place from a number of sources, the Radio Caroline project pushed ahead. Advance payments were made to Texas for the release of the mv Mi Amigo on lease terms, and other payments were made via Wijsmuller for the purchase of the mv Fredericia. This was achieved while working in conjunction with O'Rahilly Sr. who assisted with the creation of a false front company. At the time Ronan's father was strapped for cash, and that is why he agreed to lease the disused railway station at Greenore to equip the Fredericia and Mi Amigo!
Clearly O'Rahilly Sr and his daughter Iseult received payment from Wijsmuller disbursements for their services, and Wijsmuller were in turn paid by the printing-publishing consortium. These are details we are still documenting - but the above explanation is not speculation and it is supported by documented facts which will be elaborated upon in future blogs!
At some point after December 29, 1963 when the Mi Amigo left Galveston, Texas, and no later than January 30, 1964 when Harry Spencer came to 47 Dean Street to meet Allan James Crawford.
On February 5. 1964 - the mv Mi Amigo arrived at El Ferrol, Spain and Harry Spencer was there to inspect it.
On February 13, 1964 - Harry Spencer arrived at Greenore, Ireland and discovered that the mv Fredericia was already there.
On March 27, 1964 - the mv Fredericia renamed Caroline, left Greenore and dropped anchor off Essex and commenced a test broadcast.
On April 20, 1964 - the mv Mi Amigo left Greenore for the southeast coast of England.
We have relied on Harry Spencer's recall to create part of the timeline relating to him. However, Harry Spencer was writing from recall years after the event. In one place he noted that the mv Fredericia was renamed after Caroline Kennedy, but that myth was created in March 1965 for publicity purposes.
Now what of Allan James Crawford and his rather limited original plan to merely promote his own record label sales over Radio Atlanta? Clearly he was not aware of the ultimate reasons behind the master plan being used by Charles Orr Stanley. Neither was Major Oliver Smedley who has visions of using Radio Atlanta for his own political purposes. Radio Caroline was designed to have a very short 'shelf-life'. Its only reason for being, as far as Charles Orr Stanley was concerned, was to force the Tory government into issuing hundreds of local commercial radio station licenses.
So here is the real line-up of management behind the original creation of Radio Caroline, which included plans to use the mv Mi Amigo, after dropping the name of 'Radio Atlanta' as soon as the mv Caroline (ex-Fredericia) relocated to a position off the Isle of Man. The timetable for that move was governed by H.M. Government tipping its hand to show whether it would, or would not seize the mv Caroline in international waters.
Captain De Jong Lanau of Wijsmuller took charge of managing the ships; while Alfred Nicholas Thomas took charge of the technical and engineering side in conjunction with John Howard Gilman who was also responsible for the design of antennas on both ships. Harry Spencer was taken to Rotterdam and then Greenore by Wijsmuller, in order for his crew to install the antennas on both the mv Fredericia and mv Mi Amigo. The initial management of sales was in the hands of Jocelyn Stevens. Behind the scenes John Stanley coordinated everything with help from his father, and two different PR firms were hired to spread the myths in print, while Ronan O'Rahilly was hired to do the same thing in person, probably as a favor to his father.
Now take another look at Allan Crawford's letter dated January 30, 1964, which is addressed to Harry Spencer. Crawford is not writing under the letterhead of Project Atlanta Limited, but Merit Music Co. Ltd.
Crawford is telling Spencer that the work he will perform on the rigging (mast and antenna), is to be paid for by Rajah Anstalt, in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Although Crawford refers to it as a company, it is not a company in the sense of the British and American use of that word. It is more akin to a foundational financial trust, and back in 1964 these entities operated under a very strange legal system that was unique to Liechtenstein.
One aspect of this anstalt was that it was actually in the hands of a Dr Peter Marxer, about whom we will have much to say later on. This is because Marxer also connected with the financial interests that were represented by Bill Weaver in disposing of the ex-Bon Jour Radio Nord ship, now called Mi Amigo.
Crawford did not initiate this letter to Spencer, because Crawford admits that his instructions came from Captain De Jong Lanau who Spencer first met at 47 Dean Street prior to the date of this letter. But Crawford also makes it clear that Spencer has to talk to De Jong in order to discover how to "present his invoice" covering both materials and labor, and from what we already know, that invoice had to find its way on to the desk of Dr Peter Marxer.
De Jong is in charge of both ships, and De Jong is Wijsmuller of Holland with an extensive historical connection to Texas and the oil industry. This is also a key point in the entire history of offshore radio, but everyone else has either overlooked it, or they are unaware of it. But 'the Trio' have discovered it and they will be revealing it as an exclusive discovery!
Look at the timetable above once again. The mv Mi Amigo will not arrive back in Europe until February 5, 1964, and the date of this letter is January 30, 1964. Spencer went with De Jong to meet the arrival of the Mi Amigo, but when they arrived, the Mi Amigo had not yet reached port and docking.
This timeline and the clues dropped by Saunders and Spencer are vital to an understanding of what actually transpired at Geenore. Tomorrow we will return to the storyline of George Saunders, beginning where he got off a train at Dundalk. That is where he was met by John Howard Gilman who then drove him to Greenore.
In our blog we will go into the status of the old Greenore railway terminus and how ships were being allowed to tie up to the wharf. We will also explain why Harry Spencer ran into trouble with the Dundalk Engineering Works, and Ronan O'Rahilly's English-born father displayed a faux hatred of the English and set up about trying to resurrect the life of his father.
[PLEASE NOTE: This text was amended and expanded several times since its first publication.]
I hope that you paid attention to my last video and the clues that were in-bedded within it, because they point to a problem encountered by Harry Spencer; covered-up by David Block's application of the name of Arthur Carrington; left for Ove Sjöström to discover, and George Saunders to blame, and then fire him for a problem he did not create!
Radio Caroline was the result of a project bathed in so much military-type secrecy, that it resulted in a typical military-style snafu where "need to know" completely backfired. The left hand, or one part of the team, did not know what the right hand, or the other part of the team, was doing!
Thankfully, Harry Spencer and George Saunders have left us with enough clues so that we could begin a search that has now uncovered the real explanation which appeared in both the Irish Times, and partially in the parliamentary official record of the Irish Dial. This is a mystery that is embedded in the tale of two companies looking for something to manufacture, but connecting the dots and collecting all of this information is not as easy as it looks.
Harry Spencer is the person we have to thank, even though Harry spoke in general terms, regarding the work that he performed at Greenore. But according to his own recital, he was hired after he went to 47 Dean Street to meet Allan James Crawford. The strange thing is, according to his own testimony, he never met the man he went to see!
However, not only is that idea contradicted by a letter dated January 30, 1964 which was written by Allan James Crawford on Merit Music stationery to Harry Spencer; but that letter is in confirmation of a previous business arrangement which relates to the meeting that Spencer attended at 47 Dean Street! Not only that, but this letter names the ship Mi Amigo and it also explains how Spencer will be paid after presenting his invoice to De Jong!
From this we can now deduce that the meeting took place at some time prior to January 30, 1964, and we can also deduce that it was at some time after December 29, 1963 when the mv Mi Amigo departed from Galveston Island. But so far we are discussing one ship, and that is mv Mi Amigo.
If you will recall, the first person that Spencer met at 47 Dean Street was Alfred Nicholas Thomas who discussed erecting a mast on a ship that would support an antenna. Then he met Captain De Jong Lanau of Wisjmuller who wanted to discuss the same topic, and De Jong was obviously in charge of the meeting because he then told Spencer to come to Rotterdam with him - immediately.
When Spencer got to Rotterdam, he was taken the following day to the Wijsmuller offices where a sort of bidding process was in place by other candidates for the same job that Spencer had been asked to discuss. He claims that he won the job, only he was suddenly told that there was not one ship but two.
One of those vessels was named Fredericia, and it was already in Rotterdam. The other ship was Mi Amigo, and Spencer was flown to Spain to see it, only it had not yet arrived when he got to El Ferrol where it was to dock. It finally arrived on February 5. 1964, and Harry Spencer made design notes for the mast, and then he returned to his Yard on the Isle of Wight.
However, by the time that Harry Spencer got to Greenore on February 13, 1964, the mv Fredericia, now renamed Caroline, was already tied up at the quay. So far he was still talking about masts to support antennas.
But in his reminiscence about the time he spent at Greenore, he then added this: "We had some German generators to fit on the mv Caroline, I had made some suggestions where we could site them, I marked out areas of steel bulkheads that would have to be cut, and marked out on the dock where the plant would be sited." [sic]
Now recall how Spencer came to be at Greenore:
He was summoned to meet Allan James Crawford at 47 Dean Street about a former Trinity House Vessel that was docked on the Isle of Wight where Harry Spencer had his own work facility. But when he arrived in London by train and got to 47 Dean Street, he was obviously told about the mv Mi Amigo, although Spencer made no mention of meeting Crawford.
Instead, Spencer was first grilled by Alfred Thomas and then by De Jong who told him that he had to go to Rotterdam immediately. The job was putting a mast on a ship, and that one ship became two ships and therefore two masts.
But now in Greenore, Spencer was talking about taking charge of a job to install German generators (plural), by cutting out areas of steel bulkheads (plural).
What was this all about?
Clearly it was nothing to do with installing masts on two ships. But then the story becomes even more mysteriously complicated.
Before the mv Mi Amigo departed from Galveston, the refurbished Continental Electronics transmitters had been taken out of storage in Houston, shipped to Dallas, refubished and on December 21, 1963, reloaded and reinstalled along with the generator necessary to power them up. On December 29, 1963 the vessel then left Galveston bound for the Bahama archipelago before heading on to Spain.
However, the mv Fredericia had to be remodeled and then equipped as a radio ship, and the question is: who did the work on that ship? David Block tried to credit the work to Arthur Carrington, but this is obviously untrue.
What we now know is that the rest of the story as told by Harry Spencer can be coupled not only to the recital by Ove Sjöström, but to the documented story about a firm in Ireland that saw its salvation in obtaining a contract from a former Nazi war manufacturer, and it was a firm deeply rooted in a geopolitical hot bed of staunch anti-English grudges, notwithstanding the fact that Harry Spencer was as English as they come!
The amazing story of how the shadow of Nazi Germany graced the mantle Radio Caroline, will continue tomorrow.
Here is a tease:
Well, you can either count this as the end of a series within this blog, or the explosive beginning of a controversial story that is still named 'Dial 999 for Caroline', and it was given that name long before Paul Rusling stole our research - but did not know what to do with it.
The reason I hark back to Rusling is because he is but the latest in long series of hack writers who are more interested in puffing up their chests, while hopefully puffing up their wallets, than telling anyone the truth about anything.
That includes the true story of Radio Caroline which neither you, nor anyone else has read anywhere, at any time before now! Smack dab in the middle of the fuse that lights the touch paper to unraveling this story is George Saunders, who I have been telling you about.
George's story begins with boredom at Marconi where he had been assigned the job of writing a marine radar handbook. Then, one day, after work, and while getting a pint at his local pub in Chelmsford, he spotted John Howard Gilman, who he thought was just a lonely guy sitting by himself at a table. So George came over and asked to join him.
There was probably some sort of facial movement on Gilman's face that indicated that he would welcome company, because George was a young man who was not exactly the 'pushy' type. In fact, George is still one of that dying breed who will stand for Queen and Country until his last breath. He is also a very intelligent person, and a joy to speak with because he is quite considerate of the person that he is speaking to, unless of course your views clash with his fundamental core beliefs.
While Marconi had Italian fascist origins, it also had very British broadcasting roots that began in the nearby Essex village of Writtle. But George was more into radio and its attributes than party politics and sniping, unless of course you presented yourself as a socialist.
Now when I came prepared today to tell you the end story of a sequence of events, that was before I was shown something that really blew my mind. All of a sudden that title 'Dial 999 for Caroline' was not so strange because I was delving into the past activities of the IRA - the Irish Republican Army, and its political associates. I was also delving into the history of the Republic of Ireland, and I don't mean that digression about 'The O'Rahilly'.
It also links back to those Nazi bombers that tried to obliterate London during the 'Blitz', and then it links in a very bizarre way to the problem that Harry Spencer had in equipping the mv Fredericia. That 'problem' included the cover-up by David Block by introducing the obstructionists Arthur Carrington and Ronan O'Rahilly.
To figure out what I am now going on about, I suggest that you reread what is already on line, because you need that grounding to understand what Radio Caroline really represented and why the British government seriously considered jamming it after it first went on the air.
In a sense this is not the final part of the electrical installation dispute, because this thread will now continue into the first part of the Nightmare at Greenore.
That will begin tomorrow.
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