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Sep 23, 2021

Increase nationally on number of patients with Covid 19 in hospitals

The Department of Health has this evening confirmed an additional 1,355 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. There are 286 people in hospital, up 14, with 59 in ICU, down 4 from yesterday.
Sep 23, 2021

Athenry man missing since Monday - gardai seek public assistance

Gardaí are seeking public assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Nicolas Couch, aged 39, who is missing from the Athenry area of Galway since Monday (20th September) Nicolas is described as being 6’2” in height, of slim build and with blue eyes and greying…
Sep 23, 2021

Mayo Senator spearheads new law on "stalking"

Stalking should be a standalone offence in Irish law, with those convicted facing up to 10 years in prison. That's according to Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers, who says the current laws on harassment do not adequately protect women against predatory…
Sep 23, 2021

Emergency services attend collision on the N5 this afternoon outside Castlebar

The emergency services attended the scene of a road collision this afternoon on the N5 road between Ballyvary and Castlebar. The road was not closed to traffic, however, large tailbacks built up in both directions. A number of people were taken from the scene…
Sep 23, 2021

Deputy critical that there has been no HIQA inspection of MUH over the past year

Mayo Sinn Féin deputy Rose Conway-Walsh has condemned the government’s handling of the health sector as it admits that no inspection of Mayo University Hospital has been carried out in 2021. She insists it is not good enough when she claims, a day doesn’t go…
Sep 23, 2021

Works to get underway shortly on Smarter Travel Scheme in Claremorris

Works are set to get underway shortly in Claremorris following the funding allocation of €380,000, approved in July 2021 under the Smarter Travel Scheme. Local Councillor Tom Connolly says the funding will be used for the continuation of works at Claremont in…

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Sep 23, 2021

Mayo boxer making his pro-debut this weekend

A Mayo boxer will make his professional debut on Saturday night. Adam 'The Gentleman' Dempsey from Achill is making his professional debut in Luton as part of the Back to Business card. The 21-year-old has impressed in the amateurs being an Irish…
Sep 23, 2021

Galway United host UCD tomorrow evening

Galway United host UCD at Eamonn Deacy Park this Friday with kick-off at 7.45pm. The two sides look to have little chance of catching leaders Shelbourne but are locked on the same win/draw/win record just below the Reds. UCD were in FAI Cup action last…
Sep 23, 2021

South Mayo man starting for Connacht tomorrow night in Cardiff

The Connacht Rugby coaching team have named their matchday squad for tomorrow night’s United Rugby Championship opener away to Cardiff. After a two-try performance for the Eagles last week, new signing Mack Hansen has been handed his Pro debut after he was…
Sep 23, 2021

Connacht in confident mood ahead of opener tomorrow evening

Head coach Andy Friend is confident in Connacht’s preparation ahead of the Westerners’ inaugural United Rugby Championship fixture away to the Cardiff Blues at 7:35 PM on Friday evening. Connacht reshuffled their coaching staff over the course of the…
Sep 22, 2021

Galway man delivers a brace for Brighton as they advance in the League Cup

Aaron Connolly scored his first goals since January to send Brighton into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.The Republic of Ireland striker scored twice in five first-half minutes in Brighton’s 2-nil win at home to Swansea.
Sep 22, 2021

Connacht to move Ulster clash in October to the Aviva

Connacht's clash with Ulster in the United Rugby Championship next month has been moved to the Aviva Stadium. Their meeting was scheduled to take place at the Sportsground. There's the potential for a capacity crowd to be permitted, as the fixture takes place…

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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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