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Sep 20, 2021

1,154 Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

There has been a further 1,154 Covid-19 cases reported today. As of this morning, 297 patients were in hospital with the virus - down from 321 this day last week. 63 are in ICU - up five over the same period. Meanwhile the five-day moving average of Covid…
Sep 20, 2021

Gym manager welcomes return of indoor classes

From today, a number of Covid-19 restrictions regarding indoor and outdoor activities are being eased, while people have begun to return to the office for work. Indoor group activities such as sports, arts or dance classes can resume from today. Capacity is…
Sep 20, 2021

Fully-vaccinated EU passengers can fly to the US from November

The White House has confirmed plans for a major relaxation of America's travel ban on passengers from Europe and the UK. Fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel from early November. Non-US citizens have been effectively barred from travelling to the…
Sep 20, 2021

Mayo Coroner issues warning to people engaging in strenuous physical activity

The Coroner for Mayo has today issued a warning that anyone about to engage in strenuous physical activity such as climbing Croagh Patrick should be checked beforehand for any underlying medical conditions. Coroner Pat O’Connor made his comments at an inquest…
Sep 20, 2021

Housing Minister expects pyrite redress scheme to be improved

The Housing Minister says he expects the terms of the pyrite & mica redress scheme to be improved. Pressure is building on the Government to help homeowners impacted by the defective blocks, which cause walls to crack and crumble. Hundreds of homeowners in…
Sep 20, 2021

Pop-up Covid-19 test centre in Ballina this Wed & Thurs

A pop-up Covid-19 test centre will open in Ballina this Wednesday and Thursday. The HSE has confirmed that, with increased Covid levels in north Mayo, people who do not have symptoms of the virus but are concerned can book a free test. The pop-up test centre…

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Sep 20, 2021

Mayo's Andy Moran rubbishes Longford managerial position rumours

Former Mayo footballer Andy Moran has rubbished rumours that he is in line for the vacant Longford senior football manager position. It was reported last week that the 2017 footballer of the year was a frontrunner to take over from Padraic Davis, who spent…
Sep 20, 2021

Husband and wife duo represent Mayo at Cork '20' International Rally

John Warren and Ruthann O’Connor flew the Mayo flag at the O’Connell Group Cork ‘20’ International Rally on Sunday, the first Irish tarmac rally in some 18 months. After the day’s nine stages they finished a career best 8th place overall in the National…
Sep 19, 2021

Mayo GAA release end of Season statement

Mayo GAA would like to thank its players, team management, backroom staff and supporters for all of their efforts during the 2021 inter-county season. While the season did not end the way we would have liked we commend all our players & management for the…
Sep 19, 2021

Three local showjumpers enjoy success on the world stage

Irish Show Jumping riders have recorded an impressive run of results this weekend, with a string of wins across Europe and North America. Claremorris’ Cormac Hanley and RMF Chacco Top took third place for Ireland at the five-star fixture in Traverse City,…
Sep 19, 2021

Sunday's Mayo Football League results

Elverys Sports Super League - Round 8 Ballina Town 5-0 Manulla Claremorris 1-1 Swinford Ballyglass 2-2 Glenhest Rovers Castlecourt Hotel Premier League Westport Utd B 2-1 Iorras Aontaithe Fahy Rovers 2-2 Straide & Foxford Utd Kiltimagh Knock Utd 1-0 Conn…
Sep 19, 2021

Beibhinn Parsons to the fore as Ireland defeat Italy

Irelnd beat Italy 15-points-to-7 in their must-win Women's Rugby World Cup qualifier in Parma this afternoon. Galway’s Beibhinn Parsons and Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe scored the tries for Adam Griggs' side with Stacey Flood kicking the conversion as well as a…

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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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