Aodogán O'Rahilly formed Weatherwell Ltd for the purpose of manufacturing roof tiles. It was registered in the Irish Free State on November 30, 1932, which was ten years after the Irish Free State was created on December 6, 1922.
Following the failed 'Rising' of 1916 the fighting developed into a civil war against the British Crown. The patriots fighting for an independent Ireland did so under the banner of a de facto Irish Republic, and its fighters morphed from the Irish Volunteers into the Irish Republican Army.
This phase of the struggle to throw off the yoke of the British Crown came to halt in London on December 6, 1921. That is when the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed, but it did not become effective until March 31, 1922. On December 6, 1922, this Treaty resulted in the creation of the Irish Free State which governed all but six northern counties which remained under the firm grip of London. They acquired the name of Northern Ireland.
The new nation to the south of Northern Ireland which was known as the Irish Free State, then gained a status similar to the Isle of Man; whereby all of the collective external affairs of the island of Ireland remained in the hands of the British Crown. In the Irish Free State, the administration of these external affairs involved a British Governor-General, and he served the interests of the British Crown as represented by Britain's King George V.
Weatherwell Ltd., was registered in this grey area of Irish sovereignty called the Irish Free State. In name, its supreme governance still flowed from the Office of the Governor-General who represented the British Crown, but in reality by 1931, the office of Governor-General was being largely ignored. When the British Crown was torn by division during the 1936 abdication of the British King Edward VIII, the Office of Governor-General was formally abolished.
These were also the internationally turbulent years in Italy where Benito Mussolini was trying to build a new version of the old Roman Empire by invading and conquering nearby nations, and Adolph Hitler in Germany was trying to throw off the restraints imposed by the victorious powers that emerged from the Great War (WWI). For its part, the Irish Free State then adopted a position of neutrality during the coming conflict which resulted in a second World War.
This is the background to the incorporation of Weatherwell Ltd in the Irish Free State. Its managing director was Aodogán O'Rahilly. He had been born Egan John Eoin O'Sullivan O'Rahilly as an Englishman in the year 1904 at Hove near Brighton. Aodogán, as he later called himself, married an American citizen. He was about 28 years old when he started Weatherwell Ltd.
In the years that followed, Aodogán O'Rahilly trod in the footsteps of Irish nationalism as pioneered by his own father, while staying out of the shadow of his neo-Nazi and barrister-brother, who was the third person in the family line to call himself 'The O'Rahilly'.
For Aodogán this was a fine line line to stay within, because as we will reveal, Aodogán used his British contacts to further his business contracts, and he used his American connections to further his financial interests with support from the U.S. Government. The last thing that Aodogán O'Rahilly wanted to do as an Irish businessman, was to get snared in an international war against the British Crown - due to the loud mouth bragging of his son Ronan O'Rahilly.
But, as we will reveal, that is exactly what happened, and it led to Aodogán O'Rahilly trying to put distance between himself and Ronan O'Rahilly.
It will also become evident that the reason why the ships mv Fredericia and mv Mi Amigo were taken to Greenore in 1964, was as an act of last minute desperation! That followed the hoodwinking of Ronan's father by his son Ronan as to why those ships had really been brought there.
Once those ships departed they would never again be allowed to connect with Greenore, even though the situation arose after August 14, 1967, where this would have been to the advantage of the ship which was originally called mv Fredericia.
[Please note: Within a relatively brief period of time on this same day, we have published several different versions of this same dated entry - due to the nature of the confusing documents that we are working with. However, we are now satisfied that the dates stated are correct. We will be adding these details to the Timeline, and adding more anecdotal information about Aodogán O'Rahilly and Weatherwell Ltd., to this Blog.]