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May 28, 2022

Fire brought under control in Claremorris town centre

Emergency services attended the scene of a fire in Claremorris town centre earlier The blaze took hold at a premises across the road from the Dalton Inn Hotel at around 10am this morning. Two fire engines and a Mayo County Council Fire Service vehicle…
May 28, 2022

First case of Monkeypox confirmed in the Republic

The first case of monkeypox has been identified in the Republic. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says it was detected by health authorities yesterday. It comes as the first case of the mild illness on the island was confirmed in the north on Thursday.…
May 28, 2022

New poll shows housing fears among young renters in Connacht

Almost 80 percent of young renters say they're worried about keeping a roof over their head due to low supply and high prices. That's according to a poll by the Irish Daily Mail, with over 90 percent of those in Connacht and Ulster expressing those fears. A…
May 28, 2022

Bus Éireann respond to criticism of their parking facilities in Ballina

Bus Éireann have responded to the criticism of parking facilities at their Ballina Depot by Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara. In a statement to Midwest News they say Bus Éireann’s Ballina station has an employee car park which was previously uncontrolled.…
May 28, 2022

Mountain rescue personnel were busy in Mayo last weekend

Mayo Mountain Rescue Team were tasked with two callouts on Croagh Patrick last weekend. On Sunday, the team were tasked to assist 2 walkers who had sustained injuries in a fall on the summit of the reek at 2pm. The team were on a training day in the Doo Lough…
May 28, 2022

Emergency services are dealing with a fire in Claremorris

Emergency services are currently dealing with a fire in Claremorris town centre. The blaze took hold at a premises across the road from the Dalton Inn Hotel at around 10am this morning. Two fire engines and a Mayo County Council Fire Service vehicle are at…

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May 28, 2022

Galway minor hurlers overcome Laois

All-Ireland MHC Rd 2 Galway 0-23 2-14 Laois
May 28, 2022

Teams named for the Connacht SFC final

Galway and Roscommon have both named their teams for tomorrow's Connacht SFC final in Salthill. The game throws-in at 1:45pm in Pearse Stadium. Anthony Cunningham's side line out as follows: Padraic Joyce has also named his starting 15 for the game:
May 28, 2022

Sligo Rovers share the spoils with UCD

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Sligo Rovers 1-1 UCD SSE Airtricity League First Division Galway United 0-1 Cork City
May 28, 2022

Galway book a date with Mayo in the Connacht minor final

Connacht GAA Minor Football Championship 2022 Semi-Final Galway(3-15)v(1-13)Sligo Galway play Mayo in the final on Monday the 6th of June at 7:30pm in Hastings Insurance MacHale Park
May 28, 2022

Mayo GAA results from last night

27/05/2022 New JFC C Finals 2022 Swinford 1-10 V 0-11 Bonniconlon Knockmore 6-14 V 1-10 Islandeady Kelly Cup Finals 2022 Castlebar Mitchels 2-14 V 1-15 Westport GAA Mayo GAA Genfitt Adult Hurling Knock Out Ballina Stephenites 3-12 V 1-17 Tuairín Mayo GAA…
May 28, 2022

Galway United confirm transfer of talented teen to Newcastle United

Galway United can confirm they have reached a pre-contract agreement with Newcastle United for the transfer of Alex Murphy for an undisclosed fee. The 17-year-old will remain with Galway United until July. Alex joined Galway United at 14 years of age from…

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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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