Radio Caroline founder Ronan O’Rahilly dies at 79

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

The Irish businessman planned the pirate station as early as 1963 from the MV Caroline anchored in international waters off the coast of Essex in England.

The station originally launched at Easter 1964 and despite many ups and downs including periods off-air, continues broadcasting today. O’Rahilly has always been the figurehead of the station.

Caroline has been paying tribute to Ronan this afternoon (Monday) with the station manager, Peter Moore joining presenter Johnny Lewis live on air.

The news has also been posted on Twitter and Facebook after earlier reports that it wasn’t true.

Ronan moved back to Ireland in 2013nafter being diagnosed with advanced vascular dementia.



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