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Jun 20, 2021

Total cost of redress scheme could exceed 1.5 billion euro

Half of all the houses assessed under the mica redress scheme have been recommended for demolition. Donegal County Council originally said one in three would have to be torn down but that rate has now jumped to 50 percent, as more engineers reports are…
Jun 20, 2021

Vaccine Portal now open for people in their thirties

The Covid-19 vaccine portal is now open for people in their 30s. Those aged 35 to 39 can register for a vaccine from today. It's expected people in that cohort will be given their jabs next month, while vaccination of people in their 20s will start in late…
Jun 19, 2021

Tanaiste is not optimistic about pursuing building suppliers over defective blocks

Leo Varadkar says the government is not optimistic about pursuing building suppliers for compensation over Mica. It's expected to improve a redress scheme for people whose homes were impacted by the defective blocks. And it's estimated the final cost to the…
Jun 19, 2021

Galway feminist and women's rights campaigner dies

Galway feminist and women’s rights campaigner Mamo McDonald has died. Ms McDonald, a Tuam native, was a leading figure in the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) and its chair from 1982 to 1985. She was also a former chair of the Age and Opportunity…
Jun 19, 2021

New city Mayor and County Cathaoirleach elected in Galway

Colette Connolly has been elected as the new Mayor of Galway City. She takes over the role from City Central Councillor Mike Cubbard. The Independent Councillor is the 8th female Mayor of Galway and follows in the footsteps of her sister Catherine - Galway…
Jun 19, 2021

Over 390 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

The Department of Health has been notified of 393 new cases of Covid-19. There are currently 48 people in hospital with the virus, down 10 on the same day last week. While 14 Covid patients are in intensive care, down 8 over the same period.

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Jun 20, 2021

Saturday's Mayo GAA results

NORTH MAYO JFC A GRP 1 Killala 0-12 v 1-13 Ardagh NORTH MAYO JFC A GRP 2 Cill Chomain 2-12 v 0-5 Ballycastle KELLY CUP GROUP 1 Ballintubber 1-10 v 0-17 Louisburgh Breaffy 0-10 v 1-9 Balla KELLY CUP GROUP 2 Westport GAA 2-20 v 0-9 Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin…
Jun 20, 2021

Kilkerrin/Clonberne capture another provincial crown

Connacht LGFA Senior Final Kilkerrin/Clonberne 2-26 St. Nathys 0-02
Jun 19, 2021

Sligo outfit win Connacht LGFA Junior title

Connacht LGFA Junior Final Eoghan Rua 6-13 Oranmore-Maree 3-12
Jun 19, 2021

Sligo hurlers edge to victory against Monaghan

Allianz Hurling League Div 3A Round 5 Full Time Sligo: 0-21(21) Monaghan: 0-19(19)
Jun 19, 2021

Glencar Manorhamilton are Connacht Intermediate Champions 2020

Intermediate Connacht LGFA Club final Full time score 3-15 Glencar Manorhamilton 1-12 Geevagh
Jun 19, 2021

Sligo boxer books quarter-final bout at European Championships

Sligo boxer Dean Clancy won his second bout in 24 hours to book his ticket into the last eight of the European U/22 Championships in Roseto, Italy, last night. But Gabriel Dossen went out of the tournament on a unanimous decision. Clancy beat Serbian No.3…

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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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