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Feb 27, 2021

Man due in court tonight following drugs seizure in Roscommon

A man is due in court at 9pm tonight after a drugs seizure in Roscommon. Cocaine and cannabis worth 123 thousand euro were found in the county last night. A man in his 20s has been charged and is appearing before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court.
Feb 27, 2021

Mayo Deputy calls for extension of grant to all student teachers

A Mayo Deputy has called on the Government to ensure that student teachers are treated fairly. Sinn Fein's Rose Conway-Walsh's comments come as 1,750 student teachers in Hibernia College learned that they will be charged up to 1,300 euro for online language…
Feb 27, 2021

738 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths

738 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 and 13 more patients are confirmed dead. Ten of those passed away this month -- the eldest victim was aged 92 and the youngest 55. It brings the death toll in the Republic to 4,313. 311 of the new cases are in…
Feb 27, 2021

Drugs seized in North Mayo

Gardaí have seized a quantity of suspected cannabis herb and cash in Ballina. Members of the Garda local community engagement team stopped a motorist while on mobile patrol in the town last night. A search was conducted of both the driver and the car…
Feb 27, 2021

Tubbercurry FRC launches booklet to help families cope with effects of Covid-19

Tubbercurry Family and Childcare Resource Centre this week launched their new booklet “Families feeling their way through Covid 19”. The booklet is now available free from all Family Resource Centre’s in Co Sligo and from the Council offices. Sandra Cribben…
Feb 27, 2021

LISTEN: Former Mayo footballer on his chosen career as part of Engineers Week

The STEPS Engineers Week, gets underway today and will run until March 5th. This is a non-profit outreach programme that promotes interest and awareness in engineering as a future career to school students in the Republic of Ireland through a portfolio of…

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Feb 27, 2021

One Galway player included in the LGFA Senior team of the year

Armagh forward Aimee Mackin has been crowned TG4 Senior Players’ Player of the Year for 2020. Mackin (23) was voted best in class by her peers, with the Shane O’Neills player fending off stiff competition from Dublin duo Carla Rowe and Sinead Goldrick to…
Feb 27, 2021

Ireland record their first win of this year's Six Nations

Ireland have their first win of this year's Guinness Six Nations. They've beaten Italy 48-points-to-10 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to finally get off the mark. Will Connors went over the line twice for Andy Farrell's side as well as Garry Ringrose, Hugo…
Feb 27, 2021

GAA Congress is underway

The GAA's Annual Congress is underway - with 37 motions up for debate today. Among the possible changes to be discussed are the introduction of a black card for cynical play in hurling, and the proposed split-season. Meanwhile, Larry McCarthy will be sworn in…
Feb 26, 2021

Last gasp try seals away win for Connacht

A last-minute try from Bundee Aki has stretched Connacht’s winning run in the Pro 14 to three matches. The Ireland centre crossed the whitewash to give Andy Friend’s side a 19-17 victory away to Benetton. The win cements Connacht’s second-placed spot in…
Feb 26, 2021

Castlerea boxer returns home with bronze

Aoife O'Rourke came up short this evening against Naoimi Graham from the USA in the semi-final of the 72nd Strandja Multi-Nations in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Castlerea boxer put in a huge effort but can proudly return home with a bronze medal.
Feb 26, 2021

GAA announce the recipients for Gradaim an Uachtaráin 2021

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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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