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Jun 12, 2021

Over 400 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

Health officials have confirmed 431 new cases of covid-19 here. There are 58 people currently in hospital with the virus, of which 22 are in ICU. The Department of Health says the daily case numbers may change due to future data review and validation. The…
Jun 12, 2021

Gardaí locate man missing from Sligo Town

Gardaí have located a man who went missing from Sligo Town earlier this week. Gary Dalton from Annagry, Co. Donegal has been located safe and well. An Garda Síochána have thanked the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.
Jun 12, 2021

Six Kayaks stolen from Keem Adventure centre

Six Kayaks were stolen from Keem Adventure centre in Achill this week. The Kayaks went missing sometime between Tuesday and Thursday and are worth around three thousand euro. The outdoor pursuits company works weekends only throughout the month of June and…
Jun 12, 2021

Aer Lingus cancels all Stobart Air regional flights

All Aer Lingus regional flights operated by Stobart Air have been cancelled, after Stobart announced it's ceased trading. The company says a failed takeover and the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the decision. Aer Lingus says the…
Jun 12, 2021

Hottest day of the year expected this weekend

This weekend could see the hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures of up 26 degrees are expected tomorrow. Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather says it will be warm today but Sunday will be a scorcher:
Jun 12, 2021

Over 100,000 children await hospital treatment

Over 100,000 children are waiting for hospital treatment. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association says 40,000 are on lists longer than a year. It's warning a shortage of consultants across all paediatric specialties is restricting children from accessing…

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Jun 12, 2021

Dublin prove too strong for Mayo ladies

All-Ireland champions Dublin have beaten Mayo in their last four contest at the Gaelic Grounds. It finished Dublin 4-15 to 0-10 Mayo in their Division One Lidl Ladies football League semi-final. Dublin will now go on to face Cork, who beat Donegal by 5-10 to…
Jun 12, 2021

Victorious start for Mayo athlete at AAI Games and Combined Events Championships

There was success for Mayo's Michaela Walsh on Day One of the AAI Games and Combined events Championships. The Swinford AC athlete won the women's hammer throw with a score of 62.10. Second place went to Nicola Tuthill (Bandon A.C.) 61.46, while in third…
Jun 12, 2021

Mayo Camogie suffer league semi-final defeat to Cavan

Mayo suffered defeat to an experienced Cavan outfit in their Littlewoods Ireland Division 4 Camogie League semi-final. Jimmy Lyons players lost out by 3-12 to 0-7 at fulltime. They will now regroup before championship, in what was a very promising return to…
Jun 12, 2021

Second-half surge denies Mayo promotion to Division 2A

A second-half surge from Kildare's hurlers has denied Mayo promotion to Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League. The Lilywhites came from behind to run out 2:24 to 1:19 winners in Elvery's MacHale Park. Mayo led the Lilywhites by 1-14 to 1-9 at the break.…
Jun 12, 2021

Athenry Ladies Rounders are All-Ireland Intermediate Champions

Athenry Ladies Rounders club are All-Ireland Intermediate champions. They defeated Skryne GAA on a score of 15-10 this afternoon in Abbotstown. This is the clubs first ever intermediate title.
Jun 12, 2021

Mayo hurlers name team to face Kildare

Mayo manager Derek Walsh welcomes back his captain Keith Higgins for this winner takes all NHL game vs. Kildare at 2pm this afternoon in Elvery’s MacHale Park. Higgins is named at full forward with Tooreen's Cathal Freeman switching from centre back to centre…

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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.