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May 25, 2024

Call for Westport to make use of new public water stations in the town

A Westport councillor has urged the public to make use of two new public water stations that have been set up in the town. Christy Hyland says they’ve been installed to encourage people to use reusable water bottles and to steer away from single use…
May 25, 2024

Construction of new learning facility in Charlestown is hoped to begin this summer

Work is to be carried out on the Old Vocational School in Charlestown to create a new learning facility for the MSLETB. That’s according to local councillor John Caulfield. The Fine Gael councillor says work should get underway this summer with the ground…
May 25, 2024

Gardaí investigating vehicle theft in Ballinrobe

Gardaí are investigating the theft of a van in Ballinrobe yesterday evening. The incident occurred at approximately 8:00pm. Details about the theft and vehicle are being circulated on social media today. Garda investigations are ongoing.
May 25, 2024

HSE urge public to be careful this summer as they launch SunSmart campaign

Protect your skin and reduce the risk of cancer, that's the message from the HSE as they launch their annual SunSmart Campaign. The health service says Irish people think Irish sun is less damaging because of our changeable climate. However they've warned…
May 25, 2024

Met Éireann predicting heavy downpours over the weekend

The sun appears to be hiding from Ireland. Met Éireann's predicting heavy downpours of rain across most of the country. However there could be a slight reprieve as we approach the June Bank Holiday weekend. Alan O'Reilly from Carlow weather's been looking…
May 24, 2024

Funeral details announced for woman who died following a collision on the N17 last week

Funeral details have been announced for the woman who died following a collision on the N17 outside Claremorris last week. Andrea Gornowicz died following a collision involving three cars on the N17 at Ballindine near Claremorris on Thursday last the 16th of…

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May 25, 2024

Galway United continue good run while Rovers settle for draw in Derry

Shelbourne are six points clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity Men's Premier Division. Two Will Jarvis penalties helped the Reds to a 2-0 win over 10 man Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium. Elsewhere, Derry City lost ground on the league leaders following…
May 25, 2024

Lacken man hopes to guide Leinster to European glory today

Leinster will hope to end a six-year wait for European glory this afternoon. Leo Cullen's side take on French giants Toulouse in the Investec Champions Cup final in London. Lacken native Caelan Doris will captain the side. Kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur…
May 25, 2024

Mayo minors complete three-peat of Connacht titles

The Mayo minors retained the Connacht title last night with a four point final win over Roscommon. This is Mayo’s third Connacht Minor Football Championship title in a row. It was a tight contest for most of the game, with the sides level at 0-5 each after…
May 24, 2024

Three changes to Mayo's U17 team ahead of Connacht Final clash this evening

(pic - Mayo gaa) Mayo GAA Minor football joint-managers David Heaney and Tom Reilly and their selectors have made three changes to the starting fifteen for the Electric Ireland Connacht GAA Minor Football Final against Roscommon this evening at 7:30pm in Dr.…
May 24, 2024

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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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