[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.