Radio Caroline founder Ronan O’Rahilly has died

Ronan O’Rahilly, the founder of UK pirate station Radio Caroline has died at the age of 79.

The Irishman set about creating the pirate station as early as 1963 from the MV Caroline anchored in international waters off the coast of Essex in England.

He’s been the figurehead of the station ever since it launched during Easter 1964, and the station name continues to this day.

Radio Caroline is paying tribute to Ronan this afternoon (Monday) and has tweeted the news to its listeners and followers.

In 2013 Ronan moved back to Ireland after being diagnosed with advanced vascular dementia.

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  1. Terry Bate says

    Sorry to lose my old mate Ronan. He lured me from Canada in 1965 when Caroline was over a million pounds in debt, with the admonishment to get the money in and keep the boats on air. We did that in the first three months with some professional programming and airtime sales.

    On August 15th.,1967 when we were made illegal within the UK, we still had 600,000 pounds in the bank and Ronan used it to make a movie, “Girl on a Motorcycle” starring Marianne Faithfull.

    He was a true original.

    Photo below.


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