Just a quick recap after some major restructuring of our interlocked web sites, and this is in order to refresh your memory as to where we are with our exposure of Aodogán O'Rahilly and his company called Weatherwell Ltd.
We will be adding a lot more to the Timeline about Weatherwell Ltd., because the development of that company is also intertwined with the outfitting of the mv Fredericia and mv Mi Amigo.
From evidence we have seen to date, and from everything we now know, several people appear to have rendered shaded versions of the truth to the point where their interpretation is both deliberately dishonest and untruthful. Some have also rendered what they knew in hindsight, but their perspective on past events has been colored by what they were told by other people, after the event!
However, as a catch-up (we will advance this storyline tomorrow in this Blog, and of course continuously in the Timeline); it seems that Aodogán O'Rahilly was not a willing participant in the outfitting of the two radio ships. We think that he was hoodwinked into cooperating with a plan that appears to have been presented to him by Allan James Crawford upon an introduction by Aodogán's son Ronan.
The evidence available seems to confirm that Ronan took Crawford, an Australian, to see his father in Dublin, and Crawford seems to have been well received. Not so with Englishman Harry Spencer. Aodogán was downright rude to him! The evidence points to the fact that Aodogán did not invite Harry to Greenore, but Allan James Crawford did.
Crawford is also the link to Alfred Nicholas Thomas from Wales and John Howard Gilman from England. Gilman is the link to George Saunders who was born in Wales but sounds very English. The Irish civil war for the total liberation of the island of Ireland was primarily directed at the English who controlled the British Crown who in turn still control the northern part of the island.
So whatever plan it was that Allan James Crawford pitched to Aodogán, it did not involve an English-orientated broadcasting operation with no benefit to Ireland. The intermediaries were two-fold: one was in Dallas, Texas whose surname McLendon reflected Celtic roots. Gordon McLendon had been working in Ireland prior to 1959 on an Irish radio and television broadcasting plan, and the other one was a Dutch firm named Wijsmuller.
Piecing together all of the various accounts we believe that both radio ships were originally bound for a dock on the Isle of Wight where Harry Spencer had his boat yard, and where Allan James Crawford had his original ship, the Trinity House Vessel Satellite, in dock.
But Thomas and Gilman had been part of a team involved with Charles Orr Stanley at Sheerness, where the saga of a con man's scheme for a station called GBOK aboard an old lightship called the Lady Dixon, had evaporated with his departure from the UK. That vessel, and the Pye owned facility adjoining the dock at Sheerness, appear to have been raided by GPO personnel. Crawford who had now brought Thomas and Gilman into his operation, was aware of that, and so Wijsmuller was told at the last minute not to go to the Isle of Wight, but to Greenore, Ireland. This is confirmed by Harry Spencer who has to change his plans.
Before that switch in destinations could be made for the mv Fredericia, Crawford first had to get an okay from Aodogán in Dublin, and for that he needed the help of Aodogán's son Ronan.
Linked with Crawford, behind the scenes after the demise of the Lady Dixon project, was Charles Orr Stanley who was a fellow Irishman like Aodogan, but from the Cork area. Both Irish locations (Cork and Dublin) were some distance from the properties owned by Weatherwell Ltd at Greenore, which were laying idle due to lack of investment capital to develop it.
So, as they say in Texas, "money talks and bullshit walks", and to secure the use of Greenore, a lot of what Texans call bullshit, and what the Irish call blarney, was involved in handing over money in exchange for rental use of Greenore. Neither Aodogan, nor his friends at Dundalk Engineering Works who were hired to carry out the work on both ships, seem to have known what was really going on.
Ronan knew, because Ronan was being paid. He had bounced around London looking for investors for his father's business, and this had brought him into contact with a lot of strange people in the London underworld. People like Peter Rachman, and his bodyguard rent collector named Jimmy Houlihan. After Rachman died, Ronan O'Rahilly and Jimmy Houlihan stayed in touch, while there was still money to be conned out of suckers, somewhere.
But the true reason why the mv Fredericia was brought to Greenore to be followed by the mv Mi Amigo, did come to the attention of both the Dundalk Engineering Works who had been contracted by Englishman Harry Spencer. The workers downed tools and the owners complained to Aodogan who then sent for Harry Spencer.
Spencer showed up with Ronan and Aodogan tore into him - via Ronan!
Now that bits and pieces of the true story have been published. It is all a matter of knowing what is true and what is false.
The key author of the propaganda side is Ian Cowper Smith, and his account as given to Ray Clark in an interview dated Monday, February 18, 2013, and later published on the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame at http://www.offshoreradio.co.uk/odds79b.htm is smothered in lies and distortions of the truth. But even there, it is possible to pick through the rubble of obfuscation and piece together the true story from what is known from other sources.
Right now we are focusing on one point, but we will be addressing others, including an analysis of the Ray Clark interview mentioned above.
For instance, the story spun by Ronan O'Rahilly about the Harry Spencer mast on the Fredericia, is that it was designed to go through the keel to search for sponges. Well Pye who were funding all of this, had a product that looked for fish using a radar installation that was designed to be installed on ships. In fact, a lot of the claims made about Arthur Carrington are likewise really attributable to Pye.
Now listen and watch Ronan O'Rahilly try to spin a story about the mv Mi Amigo - NOT THE MV FREDERICIA - it had already left Greenore, but the footage in this BBC-TV film came from an old Granada show and their team left Greenore aboard the mv Mi Amigo. But what did the viewers know, and more importantly, what do the troll-anoraks know? So Ronan took his lies to the grave and the Church of Caroline now hold him up as their Messiah. This entire BBC-TV show of 1991 is riddled with FAKE information. Why after so many years? It seems that the true story is to be forever buried, but "they" did not reckon with "us"!
Why would Aodogan be so upset and annoyed?
Because his son Ronan had deceived him into thinking that Ronan was advancing the business plan of Weatherwell Ltd at Greenore, but instead he was endangering that plan with a bribe to allow another plan to go ahead that would anger the British Crown.
This was annoying to Aodogan, because his business plan depended upon both the injection of new capital, and cooperation by the British Crown!
The entire fiasco at Greenore is surrounded in lies and deceit, but so is the so-called story spun by Ian Cowper Ross as told to Ray Clark. The actual story, the true story of Radio Caroline bares little if any resemblance to anything you have ever read before!
Watch our Timeline as we add to it at different times during each day, and be sure to check back with this Blog tomorrow when the unraveling will continue.