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Feb 08, 2023

Go fund me page set up for drowned Lithuanian fisherman who fished out of Ballyglass, Belmullet

A Lithuanian fisherman who drowned off Donegal from a fishing vessel on Sunday morning last, had fished out of Ballyglass in county Mayo, and his cousin has set up a go fund me page in an effort to provide for his heart broken family. Madis Letsars, aged 37,…
Feb 08, 2023

Many landowners in the Charlestown area angered at the preferred corridor route published, for a new section of the N17

Many landowners in the Charlestown area are both surprised and angered at the new preferred corridor route published for a new section of the N17, running from Ireland West Airport Knock to Collooney. According to local Sinn Fein councillor Gerry Murray the…
Feb 08, 2023

The young man fatally injured in a road collision near Ballinasloe on Sunday last will be laid to rest on Friday

The man who died in a single vehicle collision on the N63 close to Ballinasloe last Sunday has been named as James O’Mahony. James, aged in his twenties, of Togher, Cork was a passenger in the vehicle. His remains will be reposing at Fordes Funeral Home,…
Feb 08, 2023

More homebuyers in Mayo now eligible for Local Authority Home Loan

The Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien yesterday announced significant improvements to the Local Authority Home Loan that will result in more people in Mayo being eligible to apply for the State-backed mortgage. The prices of homes eligible for a Local…
Feb 08, 2023

The Irish Red Cross appeals for donations in the aftermath of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

More than 8-thousand people have been killed following a devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria on Monday. In addition more than 6-thousand buildings have been destroyed. International rescue teams are in place and say they are still hopeful of finding…
Feb 08, 2023

Vending machines may replace suspended trolley services on Irish Rail

Irish Rail's considering installing vending machines on inter city services. According to the Irish Times the move is being considered following the suspension of trolley services three years ago. An announcement is expected soon on the return of 'some…

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Feb 07, 2023

Connacht GAA to live stream schools football finals this weekend

Connacht GAA will live stream this Saturday's Mezzino Post Primary Schools Senior A & B football championship finals. Both games will be played at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan. In the curtain raiser, Roscommon CBS take on St Attracta's CS of…
Feb 07, 2023

Murphy and Morrissey selected in Hurling Team of the Week

Two Galway players have been selected in GAA.ie's Hurling Team of the Week. Goalkeeper Éanna Murphy and defender Darren Morrissey both make the side following the Tribesmen's 0-23 to 0-15 win over Wexford on Saturday. These inclusions mean all five of the…
Feb 07, 2023

O'Shea among four Connacht players in Team of the Week

Mayo's Aidan O'Shea has made this week's GAA.ie Team of the Week following his performance against Armagh on Sunday. The Breaffy man is selected at full forward, with top scorer in the country Keith Beirne of Leitrim to his left as displayed. Roscommon…
Feb 06, 2023

Galway Ladies share the spoils with Meath

Galway 0-9 Meath 0-9 By IVAN SMYTH Super-sub Aoife O’Rourke scored a last minute free to give Galway a share of the spoils in an enthralling Lidl NFL Division 1 clash with holders Meath. The reigning champions were playing their first game at Páirc Tailteann…
Feb 06, 2023

Significant West of Ireland interest at the Irish National Badminton Championships

The Irish National Badminton Championships took place in the National Indoor sports arena in Dublin on Saturday the 4th and Sunday 5th February 2023. In the singles competition Adam Mc Alister from Ballaghadeeren and David Walsh from Bonniconlon both…
Feb 06, 2023

Joyce hopeful that Comer injury is not too serious

Galway manager Padraic Joyce says he's hopeful Damien Comer's injury is 'not overly bad'.The All-Star forward was stretchered off in the Tribesmen's narrow loss to Roscommon in the Allianz Football League yesterday.The Rossies finished strongly to win by nine…

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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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