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Jul 29, 2021

Number of new cases of Covid 19 nationally remains high

The Department of Health has been notified of 1,361 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic this evening. There are 160 patients in hospital who have tested positive for the virus. That's a rise of eight since yesterday. The number of patients with the virus in…
Jul 29, 2021

Motor Tax public counters to re-open in Mayo from next week

The Motor Tax Office public counters in Castlebar, Ballina & Belmullet will re-open with effect from Tuesday next, 3rd August for normal working hours. That was confirmed today by Mayo County Council, saying the development is in accordance with Government’s…
Jul 29, 2021

No need to be vaccinated to return to the workplace

Workers will not need a covid-19 vaccine before going back to the office. The Taoiseach has confirmed that proof of vaccination will not be necessary with the government aiming for a return to offices in September. People have been advised to work from home…
Jul 29, 2021

Capacity at Croke Park for All Ireland Finals looks set to be boosted

Capacity at the All-Ireland Finals next month is set to be increased. Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said it's likely the restrictions on crowds will be further eased for the championship semi-finals. At the moment attendance in Croke Park is capped at 18,000.…
Jul 29, 2021

Sligo restauranteur calls for action on online abuse campaigns

A Sligo restauranteur says there should be action against coordinated online abuse campaigns. Some people opposed to the use of vaccine certs for indoor dining are making fake bookings so businesses lose money. The Restaurants Association has written to the…
Jul 29, 2021

Belmullet selected as a Poetry Town

Poetry Ireland has announced details of Poetry Town, an initiative, which will see more than a hundred free poetry-related activities take place in 20 towns across the island of Ireland in September. Belmullet is among the Poetry Towns, with activities for…

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Jul 29, 2021

Mayo GAA agree naming rights of MacHale Park with Hastings Insurance

Mayo GAA are delighted to announce that local company Hastings Insurance Brokers have secured the naming rights for MacHale Park in Castlebar from 2021 onwards. Welcoming the new partnership, County Board Chairperson Liam Moffatt said that “the partnership…
Jul 29, 2021

Galway United travel to basement side Wexford tomorrow night

Galway United face Wexford FC at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday with kick-off at 7.45pm. United return to league action this week with the aim of extending their six-game unbeaten First Division run. The Tribesmen were defeated 2-0 by Shamrock Rovers in the FAI…
Jul 29, 2021

Live coverage of Mayo & Galway on Monday

Mayo and Galway will clash in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship quarter final on Bank Holiday Monday. The Connacht rivals will meet in Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar at 1:45pm on Monday in what promises to be a rip roaring affair.…
Jul 29, 2021

The Hurdle is the feature at Galway today

Today's feature at the Galway Races is the Guinness Galway Handicap Hurdle. Magic Tricks and Winner Takes All are the leading condenters in a field which also includes Belfast Banter. The big race goes to post at 6:15pm. Denis Kirwan previews the action.
Jul 29, 2021

LISTEN: Mayo hurling boss looking ahead to Nicky Rackard Cup Final

The Mayo hurlers will grace Croke Park this Saturday as they attempt to capture the Nicky Rackard Cup. Derek Walsh's side will take on Tyrone looking to make the step up to the Christy Ring for next season. It promises to be a cracker and we'll have live…
Jul 29, 2021

Two Mayo League fixtures called off this evening as a result of Covid-19

Two Mayo League fixtures have been postponed this evening as a result of Covid-19 issues. The Calor Gas Premier Cup meeting of Ballyvary Blue Bombers and Westport United C this evening has been postponed. The Under 21 fixture involving Castlebar Celtic and…

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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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