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Aug 17, 2022

Tributes paid following the death of Ballycastle Parish Priest Fr. Brian Conlon

The north Mayo community of Ballycastle is saddened by the death of their recently retired Parish Priest, Fr Brian Conlon. Fr Conlon of Carrowloughan, Dromard, Co. Sligo passed away yesterday at the North West Hospice in Sligo. His remains will be reposing at…
Aug 17, 2022

Overwhelming response to documentary highlighting R116 tragedy in Erris

There has been an overwhelming reaction to a new documentary which aired on RTE television last night examining the community reaction in Erris to the Rescue 116 tragedy over five years ago. Meitheal: The Story of a Search was produced by local filmmaker…
Aug 17, 2022

UHG is the most overcrowded hospital in the country this afternoon

University Hospital Galway is the most overcrowded in the country today. The Galway hospital has 59 patients on trolleys today waiting for admission to a bed. Elsewhere, there are 31 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and 13 at Mayo University…
Aug 17, 2022

Ballina company selected by Mayo Local Enterprise Office to exhibit to over 300,000 people at the National Ploughing Championships next month

A county Mayo company will exhibit its business to almost 300,000 people at the National Ploughing Championships next month as part of the Local Enterprise Village. The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will see 31 small businesses, one from…
Aug 17, 2022

Irish Catholics call for significant changes in new report now with the Vatican

A survey of tens of thousands of Catholics across Ireland's 26 diocese has found demand for 'fresh models of responsibility and leadership' in the church. It found that most want to see celibacy made optional for priests, the ordination of women and changes…
Aug 17, 2022

Tesco to rebrand this year 9 of the 10 Joyce's supermarkets it recently bought in Galway

Tesco Ireland says it will spend more than €50 million this year on new stores and refits of its existing outlets, as it targets further growth in the Irish market. According to today’s Irish Independent, in addition to the €50 million capital expenditure…

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Aug 17, 2022

Mona McSharry finishes 7th in 50-metre breaststroke final

Sligo's Mona McSharry has finished seventh in the 50-metre breaststroke final at the Europeans in Rome. The Olympian also reached the 200-metre and 100-metre breaststroke medal races over the last week.
Aug 17, 2022

Sligo Showjumper enjoys victory on opening day of the Dublin Horse Show

Irish riders made a strong start on the opening day of the 2022 Dublin Horse Show, winning all three of the international competitions on offer at the RDS arena in Ballsbridge. Sligo’s Richard Howley guided Fame to victory in the Minerva Stakes sponsored by…
Aug 17, 2022

Sligo swimmer in her third final at the European Championships this evening

Mona McSharry continues to fly the flag for Irish swimming after qualifying for the final of the women’s 50m breaststroke at the European Aquatics Championships in Rome. It is the third final the Sligo swimmer has qualified for in these championships. The…
Aug 17, 2022

Racing at Sligo this evening

There is a seven-race card at Sligo this evening with the first off at 5.25.
Aug 17, 2022

Tuesday's Mayo GAA results

U19 DIVISION 1 FINALS 2022 Castlebar Mitchels 1-16 v 1-15 Claremorris U19 DIVISION 2 FINALS 2022 Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin 0-13 v 1-14 Carras U19 Division 4 Final Achill 1-12 Hollymount-Carramore 1-10 U15 E CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP 1 2022 Ballaghaderreen 5-8 v 6-4…
Aug 16, 2022

Success for Westport boxer at the National Youth Championships

Westport’s Laura Moran won the National U18 70kg Youth Championship 2022 in Dublin last weekend. Wining this qualifies The St Anne’s Boxing Club member for the U18 World Championship later this year.

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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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