Ronan O'Rahilly's Backgammon Set

by Ross Revenge Home of Radio Caroline in Maldon, Essex, United Kingdom

Ronan O'Rahilly's Backgammon Set

Total raised £245

£500 target 11 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 24th June 2024 at 7:00pm

This prize draw is running to raise money for urgent and essential repairs to our radio ship 'Ross Revenge' in dry dock to secure her future

by Ross Revenge Home of Radio Caroline in Maldon, Essex, United Kingdom

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1716646226_phonto.jpeg1716646216_img_8429.jpegThe Prize

Our prize draw is for a backgammon set which was a personal possession of Radio Caroline's legendary founder, the late Ronan O'Rahilly. Ronan regularly played backgammon using this set with friends, including his personal assistant Lyn Gilbert in the1970s. Lyn refers to their backgammon sessions in her book 'Behind the Scenes at Radio Caroline', a signed copy of which is included with the set, together with a signed letter from Lyn confirming the backgammon set belonged to Ronan O'Rahilly.

In her book Lyn says: 

'Following a disagreement, Ronan and I would quickly move onto other things as though it had never happened. Neither of us ever sulked. He often asked me if I wanted to play backgammon with him following a disagreement. He went through a phase of being addicted to it and some days we would play game after game while work related issues were put aside or forgotten. Even the phone would be ignored – unless Ronan was expecting an important call. We both became experts at it. Whoever went first would always win as we had memorised or worked out every possible move combination. A coin would be tossed to see who went first.'

The backgammon set is in a red faux suede travel case measuring 15" x 10" x 2" and has bakelite pieces

The Cause

‘Ross Revenge' is in urgent need of dry docking, where urgent structural repairs can be carried out. Our prize draws supplement our fundraising appeal to achieve our goal of securing the future of our historic ship for generations to come. The former pirate radio ship 'Ross Revenge' is still regularly broadcasting at sea today and more than 1,200 visitors tour the ship each year. The vessel is an important part of both deep sea fishing and broadcasting history. To lose her would be a tragedy.

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Ronan O'Rahilly's Backgammon Set
Radio Caroline, PO Box 12524
Maldon, Essex CM9 9EX

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