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Dec 04, 2020

Free customer Parking in Castlebar Town Centre Car Parks to come into effect from Tuesday

As agreed by the elected members at the November Castlebar Municipal District meeting, as an initiative to support traders in the run up to Christmas, there will free customer parking in the four Castlebar Town Centre car parks. These include Market Square…
Dec 04, 2020

Gardaí renew appeal into the disappearance of Mayo woman

Gardaí are renewing their appeal for information relating to Mayo woman Sandra Collins on the 20th anniversary of her disappearance. The last confirmed sighting of Sandra Collins was on the night of Monday the 4th of December 2000 at approximately 11pm at the…
Dec 04, 2020

Woman in her 50's dies following collision in Roscommon

A woman in her 50's has died following a three-vehicle collision in County Roscommon today. Gardaí and emergency services are currently at the scene of the fatal road traffic collision on the N5 at Stokestown, between Scramogue Cross and Tarmonbarry, Co.…
Dec 04, 2020

Status Yellow wind warning extended to the entire country

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for the entire country. Met Éireann says gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour are expected with a risk of coastal flooding. The warning is valid from 11am until 6am tomorrow morning.
Dec 04, 2020

Man arrested in South Mayo as part of national drugs haul

A man has been arrested in connection with a national drugs haul following a Garda operation in the South Mayo area yesterday. Ballina Gardaí assisted by members of the Divisional Drugs Taskforce conducted an intelligence lead operation. Gardaí detected a…
Dec 04, 2020

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash in Roscommon

Gardai and emergency services are attending the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the N5 Strokestown to Termonbarry road. Traffic is slow both ways on approach and very icy conditions have been reported in the area. Motorists are advised to take…

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Dec 04, 2020

Westport native signs for Galway United

Galway United have announced the signing of Westport's Ruairi Keating. The 25-year-old striker has had spells in the League of Ireland with Sligo Rovers, Finn Harps and Galway United, before moving to Torquay United in 2017. Keating spent three seasons at…
Dec 04, 2020

Connacht have the chance to move up to second in the PRO14 this evening

Connacht have the chance to move up to second in the Guinness PRO14 this evening. Andy Friend's side welcome winless Benetton to the Sportsground for a 7.35pm kick-off. Caolin Blade starts at scrum-half for the Westerners with Paul Boyle skippering the side…
Dec 04, 2020

Liam Gordon from Galway confirmed as referee for the Joe McDonagh Cup final

The GAA has confirmed the referees and match officials for the 2020 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior and Joe McDonagh Cup Finals with Fergal Horgan confirmed as the referee for the senior final, while Liam Gordon from Galway will officiate in the Joe McDonagh…
Dec 04, 2020

Galway ladies make one change for Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final

2019 runners-up Galway have been forced into one change for Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final against Cork. Fabienne Cooney’s red card from the nerve-jangling qualifier group victory over Monaghan, which secured Galway’s passage to the…
Dec 04, 2020

Former Kerry Star impressed with Mayo this season

All-Ireland winning former Kerry forward Darran O’Sullivan is impressed with Mayo so far this season. James Horan’s side overcame Leitrim, Roscommon and Galway on their way to a Connacht title and this Sunday face Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. The…
Dec 03, 2020

FAI forced to abandon national underage leagues following Government advice

The FAI were forced to dramatically put the brakes on a return for elite underage football. Matches involving under-13 to under-19 age grades looked set to resume this coming weekend. However, the FAI have been informed that government guidance has forced the…

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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.

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