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Jun 21, 2024

Pearse Road reopens following serious collision in Sligo yesterday

The Pearse Road has fully reopened to traffic in Sligo town following a serious collision yesterday. At roughly 8:10pm yesterday evening, a single vehicle collision occurred in which a man in his 70s was injured. He was taken to Sligo University Hospital in a…
Jun 21, 2024

Fianna Fáil councillor causes shock shake-up in opting against party pact with Fine Gael

Following the appointment of the new Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council - Fine Gael’s John O’Hara and Leas Cathaoirleach – Fianna Fail’s Brendan Mulroy, unopposed, in the council chamber of Aras an Chontae today, in what appeared to be a tight pack between…
Jun 21, 2024

Positions of Cathaoirleach filled across the region for the next 12 months

The newly elected county councillors met for the first time today. Following on from the local elections two weeks ago, both returning and newly appointed members met to begin plans for the next five years. The first port of call today was to elect…
Jun 21, 2024

Cathaoirleach and Leas Cathaoirleach appointed to Mayo County Council

Fine Gael councillor John O'Hara has been appointed as Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council. Fianna Fail's Brendan Mulroy has been named as Leas Cathaoirleach. It's the first county council meeting since the local elections in which 5 new councillors were…
Jun 21, 2024

Cllr Declan Bree elected Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council

Following today’s first meeting of the new Sligo County Council, councillor Declan Bree has been elected as Cathaoirleach. After topping the polls in the recent local elections, cllr Bree celebrated 50 years as a local representative. This appointment has…
Jun 21, 2024

Mayo Minister has confirmed a new extension has been sanctioned for Breaffy NS Ballina

A Mayo based Minister has confirmed a new extension has been sanctioned for Breaffy NS Ballina. The extension comprising of a new mainstream classroom will be built on the existing school site outside of Ballina. Minister Dara Calleary says this development…

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Jun 21, 2024

Sligo team named for Sunday's Tailteann Cup semi final

Sligo have named their team for Sunday's Tailteann Cup semi final meeting with Down. Eddie McGuinness comes back into the starting team, having missed out on last week's meeting with Limerick. Lee Deignan, who started and scored 1-1, has been named on the…
Jun 21, 2024

Galway and Laois battle it out for second place in their group on Sunday afternoon

Both sides have suffered defeats to Cork, who are through to the quarter-finals as group winners. Now, Galway and Laois will battle it out for second spot in Group 3, and a place in the last eight. Should this game end in a draw, the team that progresses will…
Jun 21, 2024

Crucial meeting between Sligo and London tomorrow in Junior Championship

Sligo and London meet tomorrow in the TG4 All Ireland Junior Football Championship. It's a crucial tie for both sides as they aim to keep alive their hopes of a semi-final place. With just the top two slots on offer for the knockout phase, Sligo and London…
Jun 21, 2024

Comer returns to matchday panel for knockout game against Monaghan

Galway's team for tomorrow's game against Monaghan is unchanged from their draw against Armagh. The big change to the panel is the inclusion of Damien Comer to the Galway bench. Comer got injured following the group stage meeting with Derry, so this could be…
Jun 21, 2024

Unchanged team for Roscommon ahead of Tyrone challenge

Davy Burke has named an unchanged team ahead of tomorrow's meeting with Tyrone. Roscommon are into the knockouts thanks to victory over Cavan last weekend. They scored 3-20 in that game, and will need to put up a good score against the 2021 All Ireland…
Jun 21, 2024

Mayo team named for tomorrow's preliminary quarter final meeting with Derry

Kevin McStay has named an unchanged Mayo team ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Derry in Castlebar. After the draw with Dublin, it’s a preliminary quarter final for the green and red this Saturday against the league champions. Once again, Stephen Coen will…

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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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