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Dec 08, 2022

Motorists advised to be cautious on the roads tonight as temperatures remain low

Freezing fog and wintry showers are forecast for the coming days, as Ireland enters a cold snap. Met Éireann has issued a status yellow low temperature and ice warning for the entire country tonight. While people in Donegal, Dublin and Wicklow can expect…
Dec 08, 2022

Free car parking for Christmas confirmed in Claremorris and Ballinrobe

There will be free parking available in Claremorris and Ballinrobe public car parks from 2pm each day from Monday next, December 12th until Monday January 2nd. This has been confirmed by local councillor Michael Burke. It will be available in council owned…
Dec 08, 2022

Ryanair launches biggest ever Knock Schedule for Summer 2023

Ryanair has today announced its biggest ever Knock schedule with 16 routes, including an exciting new route to Lanzarote for summer 2023. The airline will operate over 120 weekly flights to and from Ireland West Airport Knock next summer (+15% growth compared…
Dec 08, 2022

Cabinet green light moves elective hospital at Merlin Park a step closer

The Saolta University Health Care Group and Galway University Hospitals has welcomed confirmation that the proposed new elective hospital for the region will progress. Saolta says the development of the elective site at Merlin Park in Galway will support the…
Dec 08, 2022

National Museum of Ireland at Turlough has exciting Crafty Little Christmas Weekend in store

One of Ireland’s most celebrated folk theatre groups – the Armagh Rhymers – are set to perform the colourful Christmas tradition of ‘Mummering’ at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo, on Saturday, 17 December. The…
Dec 08, 2022

Mayo listed among seven local authorities to implement an Equality Action Plan for traveller accomodation

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) have called on a number of local authorities to prepare and implement an equality action plan on the provision of Traveller accommodation and services. The request follows an equality review undertaken by…

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Dec 08, 2022

Seven point win for St. Muredach's College in Senior B Championship

Connacht GAA Post Primary Schools Senior B Football Championship St. Muredach's College, Ballina 3-10 St. Nathy's College, Ballaghaderreen 2-06 Senior D Hurling Championship Colaiste Chroi Mhuire Spiddal 4-20 St. Colman's Claremorris 3-08
Dec 08, 2022

FAI fined €20K for Ireland Women's team dressing room song

The FAI have been fined 20 thousand euro after the Republic of Ireland women's team were recorded singing a pro IRA chant in October. UEFA handed down the fine after a video emerged of the squad singing 'Celtic Symphony' by the Wolfe Tones following the World…
Dec 08, 2022

Lomboto resigns with Galway United for the 2023 season

Galway United are delighted to announce that Francely Lomboto has re-signed for the senior men’s team ahead of the 2023 season. The 22-year-old has committed to The Tribesmen for 2023 and heads into his third season with the senior men’s team at Eamonn Deacy…
Dec 08, 2022

Westaro Masters League Results

Westaro Masters League Results Division 2 Ballyglass 8-4 Achill Rovers Iorras Aontaithe 5-5 Conn Rangers Ballyheane 8-6 Castlebar Celtic Division 3 Killala 5-3 Ballyhaunis Town Ballinrobe Town B 2-0 Ballyglass B Straide & Foxford United 6-2 Swinford 
Dec 07, 2022

Roscommon GAA to honour underage success this weekend.

Roscommon GAA are hosting a medal presentation night this Friday. On the night, winners’ medals will be presented to the 2020 Connacht U17 champions and the 2021 U20 team. The event takes place this Friday (9 December) in the Abbey Hotel with throw in at…
Dec 07, 2022

Ballygar appeal over Easkey Connacht final win rejected

Ballygar GAA club’s appeal against the result of last month’s Connacht junior club hurling final against Easkey has been rejected following a meeting of the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee. Easkey won the final by 0-5 to 0-4, in treacherous conditions at the…

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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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