We are in the process of making a short video biography about Ronan O'Rahilly and his thought process.
When Ronan O'Rahilly first showed up in London it was after a pattern of gadfly moves in Ireland that his English father and American mother got fed up with. According to his own testimony, he bounced in and out of school and proved of little help to his father who was trying to succeed in developing his tile manufacturing business.
At that time Ronan was still working for his father's business and he continued to do so well into 1964, after the start of Radio Caroline. But during this time he remained anchored to reality while at the same time flitting in and out of various ventures run by other people. That brought him into contact with people who were operating on the fringe of the London underworld, and this is how he got involved with the London club scene.
Ronan O'Rahilly did not start an acting school or a club or manage pop groups or anything else. He hung around various people who did, and then he claimed their credentials for himself. He did a lot of bragging and someone should have confronted him about his big mouth and big claims. But they did not.
He eventually became a 'useful fool' to Jocelyn Stevens during the legitimate period of offshore broadcasting prior to August 1967. It was after that time period that he became a self-described anarchist. His father no longer needed him and he was cast adrift by Jocelyn Stevens who was the link to the money-lines supporting the activities of Radio Caroline.
It was after August 1967 that Ronan O'Rahilly sank deeper and deeper into contact with the criminal world, and it was during that period of time when he may have become a sinister pawn involving the eruption of 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland. His parents wanted nothing to do with him. But someone else may very well have found him to be of use in their political 'war' against Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
It had nothing to do with the commercial radio lobby, rather it had to do with a combination of forces that exploded just over the Irish border, because that is when Radio Northsea International was jammed and it briefly changed its name to 'Radio Caroline International'. The link to that episode was political, but Ronan was just a 'useful fool' who became entangled in the murky world of the people behind that radio ship and their battle with Harold Wilson. The major aspects of that battle were tied to 'The Troubles' and the threat contemplated by the government of the Republic of Ireland to use its paltry Armed Forces to invade Northern Ireland. This would have brought Ronan O'Rahilly under scrutiny of the MI5 and MI6 as well as the DTI in affiliation with the GPO.
But Ronan O'Rahilly, being an anarchist was not interested in building a business, anymore than he was interested in taking part in a war of liberation for the whole of Ireland. Ronan O'Rahilly was a big mouth making big claims, none of which ever matured.
Meanwhile, over the years, Ronan's father succeeded in building a financially successful series of interrelated businesses with the help and support of the British government and its Department of Trade and Industry.
Update: We are still waiting to receive and review Paul Rusling's book.
Copyright 2022 with all rights reserved.