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Dec 07, 2023

143 people arrested for drink or drug driving in first week of Garda Christmas & New Year Road Safety Campaign

143 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving in the first week of the Garda Christmas and New Year Road Safety Campaign. 200 were caught using a mobile phone, and 50 people were fined for not wearing a seatbelt. 172 people have died on…
Dec 07, 2023

Roscommon mother and daughter win top road safety award at the annual RSA Leading Light Awards

The Road Safety Authority has announced the winners of their annual Leading Light Awards, with a number of local entries succeeding in their category. The Road Safety Authority ‘Gertie Shields Supreme Award’ has gone to Clodagh and Méabh White of Roscommon.…
Dec 07, 2023

IFA National Livestock Committee elect new chairperson to replace Killala farmer

The National Livestock Committee of the Irish Farmers’ Association has elected a new chairperson. This news comes as current chair Brendan Golden’s term is coming to an end. The Killala based farmer will be replaced by Co Laois beef farmer Declan Hanrahan.…
Dec 07, 2023

Another status yellow wind warning issued for Mayo tomorrow

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for Clare, Galway and Mayo. It'll come into effect at ten tomorrow morning, and expire at four tomorrow afternoon. Met Eireann says there'll be strong and gusty winds, with the potential for wave overtopping.
Dec 07, 2023

Annual SVP collection at Foxford Churches this weekend

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Foxford & District Annual Collection takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th December in Foxford, Toomore, Straide, Callow and Knockmore Chuches. SVP Foxford assists people in need in the local community…
Dec 07, 2023

Close to 12,000 refugees and asylum seekers have arrived in Ireland to date, this year

The number of Ukrainian refugees and international protection applicants arriving in Ireland each week, remains high. The most up-to-date figures have been released as the government continues to struggle to source accommodation. Barry Whyte reports...

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Dec 07, 2023

Victory for Muradech's this afternoon confirms their place in Connacht PPS Junior B semi final

St Muradech’s have finished up their group stage of the PPS Senior B Football Championship with a third win. With previous victories over Attracta’s and The Bish, Muradech’s were one point winners over Garbally this afternoon. They now advance to the semi…
Dec 07, 2023

Bundee Aki, Finlay Bealham and Mack Hansen all start in Connacht's Champions Cup opener tomorrow

Bundee Aki will start for Connacht tomorrow against Bordeaux Begles in the Investec Champions Cup. This will be the World Player of the Year nominee’s first appearance for the province since Ireland’s World Cup exit to New Zealand. His inclusion is one of…
Dec 07, 2023

Strong local representation on DCU side that claimed Senior Division One title last night

A number of players from across the region were involved in DCU’s Ladies Football League Division One title win last night. In what was describes as a night of horrific conditions, DCU won by ten points. There were three Mayo players on the panel with Tara…
Dec 07, 2023

Big Mayo contingent involved in UL's Freshers A League final success

A number of Mayo’s youngsters were involved in Freshers A League final action last night. The University of Limerick won the league title in a rip roaring encounter against Ulster University. Fiachra Cruise & Jack Dunleavy both represented Moy Davitts on the…
Dec 07, 2023

Leah Kelly re-signs with Sligo Rovers for 2024

Sligo Rovers have confirmed that Leah Kelly has re-signed ahead of the 2024 season. Having played in both defense and midfield this year, she is the first player to commit for next season. Kelly recently became the first player to reach 50 appearances for the…
Dec 07, 2023

Galway United announce the re-signing of Rob Slevin to the senior Men's team for the 2024 season

(Pic courtesy Galway United website) Galway United have announced that Rob Slevin has re-signed for the senior Men's team ahead of the 2024 season. The 25-year-old defender has committed to The Tribesmen for 2024 and heads into his second season in Galway…

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Midwest Radio in association with Iaro Productions are delighted to announce details of a new five-part documentary series from Sunday December 29th on the life and times of Delia Murphy. 

The programmes will be broadcast for five consecutive Sunday evenings at 5.30 pm and will listeners a rare insight into one of Mayo’s most influential women – namely Delia Murphy born in Claremorris and raised in Hollymount, County Mayo.


Delia was a Sinn Fein activist at UCG where she received a Masters Degree in economics in 1922.

She established the Irish Mission in London as the best known diplomatic party house during the 1930s where she befriended the Prince of Wales and had a major altercation with the German foreign minister, an ardent member of the Nazi Party. She became the most famous person in Ireland in 1939 when her first three recordings were played on what was then called Radio Eireann.

Mellow the Moonlight, Three lovely lassies from Bannion and The Blackbird  established her as Ireland's  very own radio darling. Then for three years she toured the country with her traditional Irish songs in her own inimitable Mayo style.


She then moved with her husband to Mussolini's Italy where her husband was appointed head of the Irish Legation to the Holy See. While in Italy she found herself at the centre of an undercover network, led by Irishman Hugh O Flaherty, which saved thousands of Jews and allied prisoners of war  from the jaws of the notorious SS. Her activities in Italy were truly heroic and led to her being nominated by the British and the Americans for a raft of awards for her bravery, all of which she had to refuse because of Irish neutrality.


Delia was a  special personality and totally unique. Culturally rural Irish of the tenant farmer class, Delia was, in fact, an Irish rural princess. Her father John, himself a tenant farmer, travelled to the Yukon for the Klondyke gold rush in 1898. He returned with his fortune and bought the Jenning's Estate in  Hollymount where Delia spent her youth. As a resident of the manse Delia acquired a confidence and self assurance that at that time was solely the preserve of the gentry. With her  rural Irish accent  and Mayo charm she would go on to beguile some of the great world leaders of the 20th century. This is her story.


Delia, by Iaro Productions, takes up the story in early 1921, in the weeks before the truce, where Delia leads a protest against the presence of British soldiers on the campus of UCG. Her action led to the Battle of the Quad, a famous incident in the folklore of the Galway university. It follows her career to London in the thirties where she succeeded in making the Irish Embassy the most popular of all the diplomatic quarters in the city of London.


The series then goes on to look at her popular musical career including her heroic performance at the Ulster Hall where she continued her set even as the adjacent dock lands was being bombed. The story then moves to Rome where , in secret, she conducted her espionage career which is only now being being revealed for the first time. Delia is an homage to one of the greatest Irishwoman ever to grace the international stage.  


This documentary series will be broadcast every Sunday evening at 5.30 pm on Midwest Radio commencing Sunday December 29th and continuing every Sunday evening on January 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, 2020.


This series is produced for Midwest Radio by Iaro Productions and is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.