The commercial story of Aodogán O'Rahilly is preserved in the published activities of Weatherwell Ltd. That is where we find the interwoven true story of his son Ronan who did his best to conceal his past, which includes the real reason why he arrived in London.
If you watch his video interview and listen to his words, and then read his print interview conducted by Colin Nichol, you will come away with the impression that Allan James Crawford turned to Ronan O'Rahilly for financial investment.
But is that what happened?
The answer is no, and to discover the real story why Aodogán O'Rahilly was not in any position to invest in someone else's project, nor in any mood to antagonize either the Irish or British governments, you have to know all about Weatherwell Ltd.
That company began by manufacturing roofing tiles.
Weatherwell Ltd registered a mortgage on May 26, 1933, but at the moment, we do not have a separate listing for the exact date when the company itself was formed. Unfortunately official records of the Irish government concerning this event are not available, and neither did they digitize Irish business records until decades later.
One year after that May 26, 1933 registration of a mortgage by Weatherwell Ltd., the 'Wicklow People' newspaper printed a letter in their edition for Saturday, February 24, 1934. It was written by Aodogán O'Rahilly and he was complaining about a Wicklow County Board of Health statement which had been previously published by the same newspaper in its edition dated February 3, 1934.
In his statement published on February 24, Aodogán O'Rahilly, claimed that: "The first tiles manufactured by us were used over four years ago by Dublin Corporation." So the question is this: Does the use of the word "us" in this context refer to 'Weatherwell Ltd'? Or does it refer to a O'Rahilly family business enterprise, that was not registered as a limited company at that time?
We don't know the answer, as of the time of writing.
If the use of the word "us" does refer to the Weatherwell Ltd company, then its date of formation is pushed back to approximately the year 1930, or even earlier, since the company could have been formed before it began manufacturing roofing tiles for sale. However, the newspaper trail that has been left behind, together with the government records on line and those which we have retrieved from the archives, tell us a totally different story about Aodogán and his son Ronan, than the one that is still in wide circulation.
That chronological trek into the past of true events begins tomorrow, and remember, unlike the scammers who want your money, we are delivering this to you free of charge!