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Jan 22, 2022

Over 10,000 Covid-19 cases confirmed

The Department of Health has confirmed a further 6,689 cases of Covid 19 through PCR tests - while a further 3,911 people registered a positive antigen test online. The number of Covid patients being treated for Covid 19 in ICU has fallen to its lowest level…
Jan 22, 2022

Galway publican says lifting of restrictions takes huge workload off hospitality sector

The Chair of the Galway Vintners has welcomed the easing of restrictions as ‘fantastic news for everyone in rural Ireland’. Joe Sheridan of Walsh’ Bar in Dunmore says it’s time for businesses and society to repair and get back to a new normal. The Fianna Fail…
Jan 22, 2022

Mayo disability rights activist says easing of restrictions sparks concern for cocooners

A Mayo-based disability rights activist is advising that the easing of restrictions will be met with concern from some cohorts. Achill woman Catherine Gallagher says that those with compromised immune systems and other underlying conditions still face a…
Jan 22, 2022

Two taken to hospital following South Mayo crash

Two people were taken to hospital following a three vehicle road traffic collision in South Mayo this morning. Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of the crash on the N84 between Kilmaine and Ballinrobe. The incident occurred just outside…
Jan 22, 2022

New millionaire in Galway following special Euromillions raffle

Three people in Ireland have become millionaires following last night’s special Euromillions raffle draw. One was sold in Galway while two of the winning tickets were sold in Cork. The draw guaranteed 100 players across Europe would each win one of the…
Jan 22, 2022

N84 closed in South Mayo following three vehicle crash

Gardaí and emergency services are currently at the scene of a three vehicle road traffic collision on the N84 between Kilmaine and Ballinrobe. The incident occurred just outside Kilmaine in the Ballymartin area at around 10:55am this morning. Fire and…

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Jan 22, 2022

Roscommon crowned Connacht Hurling League Champions

Connacht Hurling League Final Roscommon 2-27 Sligo 1-21
Jan 22, 2022

Teams named for Connacht Hurling League final

The Sligo and Roscommon senior hurling teams for the Connacht GAA pre-season hurling final in the Air Dome at 6.00 this evening are as follows.
Jan 22, 2022

Galway get back to winning ways in the Walsh Cup

Wexford advanced to the final of the Walsh Cup final after an entertaining 2-25 to 2-25 draw with Kilkenny at Wexford Park.The hosts advancing on the merit of their better score difference.While Galway had six points to spare over Antrim in the other semi,…
Jan 22, 2022

Castlebar Mitchels LGFA through to All-Ireland IFC final

Current Account.ie All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Semi-final Castlebar Mitchels 3-07 Castleisland Desmonds 2-07
Jan 22, 2022

Leitrim are the Connacht Hurling Shield Champions

Connacht Hurling Shield Final Mayo 0-24 2-24 Leitrim 
Jan 22, 2022

Galway name team for Walsh Cup clash with Antrim

The first of this year's Walsh Cup finalists will be decided this afternoon, with the winners of Wexford and Kilkenny topping Group B. Galway will look to preserve their final hopes in Group A when they play Antrim. Henry Shefflin's men line out as follows:

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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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