The story of Ronan O'Rahilly's life has been obscured both by the anorak trolls who got hold of it, which was long after the events took place, and by the release of a deluge of misinformation by a public relations firm about the birth of Radio Caroline. This has allowed these trolls with the opportunity to simply take the nonsense thrown at them in the press by David Block, who did so on behalf of his boss Leslie Perrin. This same misinformation which found its way into print, was then accepted as the 'Gospel of Ronan'. Late last year it was even turned into the bedrock of a kind of religious cult by the publication of a book that was promoted as a "bible".
But to understand the life and times of Ronan O'Rahilly it is first necessary to understand the life and times of his father Aodogán O'Rahilly. It was not just the biological life of Ronan O'Rahilly that began with his father's hormonal motivations, but it is also where Ronan's career path began. It was then heavily influenced by his father into the time period when 'Radio Caroline' first appeared as a name in print, and was later uttered on air.
So who was Aodogán O'Rahilly, and what does his life tell us about that of his son and the birth of Radio Caroline? The answers to those questions will be partially found in this continuing Blog as we begin a new theme. We do not claim for a moment that it is the entire story, because this story has been deliberately obscured - until now.
What we have been able to piece together are the fragments that have surfaced, but which it seems, you were not supposed to ever read in context. Thanks to the development of the Internet; its search engines, and both governmental; commercial, and many web sites created by individuals which are supported by documentation, enough of this material has now bubbled to the surface for us to share with you.
Our trek into Aodogán's Latent Agenda, begins tomorrow.
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