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Dec 04, 2020

Six more deaths from Covid-19 with 265 new cases

The Department of Health has confirmed six further deaths from Covid-19 and 265 more cases. 84 of the cases are in Dublin, 28 in Louth, 27 in Limerick, 19 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 15 in Galway and the remaining 77 cases are spread across 18 other counties.…
Dec 04, 2020

Gardai in Achill warning motorists of dangerous driving conditions this evening

Gardai in Achill are advising motorists of hazardous driving conditions in the area this evening. A Met Éireann Status Yellow Wind Warning is in place for the whole country until 6am tomorrow. Gardai are urging motorists to watch out for wind-blown debris on…
Dec 04, 2020

Over 1200 ESB customers in Castlebar without power this evening

Over 1,200 households are without power in the Breaffy and Castlebar area this evening. ESB say that crews are currently working to repair the fault and hope to have power restored to all households by 8pm this evening.
Dec 04, 2020

N5 in Roscommon reopens after fatal collision

Gardai in Roscommon have launched a witness appeal after a woman was killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Strokestown this morning. Three cars collided on the N5, between Scramogue Cross and Tarmonbarry, at around 8am. One of the drivers, a woman in her 50s,…
Dec 04, 2020

Gardai in Sligo launch new operation to protect their coastlines from criminal activity

Gardai in Sligo and Leitrim have launched a new operation to protect their coastlines and waterways from criminal activity. Operation Dualgas aims to respond to drug and human trafficking, property crime and all other activity associated with organised crime.…
Dec 04, 2020

Additional masses at Knock Shrine next week to celebrate the Feast Day

The traditional all-night vigil will not take place on the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at Knock Shrine this year. Additional Masses will be held to celebrate the Feast Day. On Monday December 7th Mass times will be at 12pm, 3pm, 7.30pm…

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Dec 04, 2020

Connacht move up to second in Conference B of the PRO 14

Connacht have moved up to second in Conference B of the Guinness Pro 14. Captain for the night Paul Boyle scored a hat-trick of tries in a 31-points to 14 bonus point win over Benetton.
Dec 04, 2020

Tipperary name unchanged side to face Mayo on Sunday

David Power has named his Tipperary side to face Mayo in Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Football semi-final. The team is unchanged from their win over Cork. Tipperary: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, Jimmy Feehan, Colm O'Shaughnessy; Bill Maher, Kevin Fahey,…
Dec 04, 2020

GAA reveals its schedule for the final stages of their underage Championships

The GAA has revealed its schedule for the final stages of their underage championships. The final of the Bord Gais Energy under-20 Hurling Championship will be played on the 9th or 10th of January. The Electric Ireland Minor Hurling final will be played the…
Dec 04, 2020

Westport native signs for Galway United

Galway United have announced the signing of Westport's Ruairi Keating. The 25-year-old striker has had spells in the League of Ireland with Sligo Rovers, Finn Harps and Galway United, before moving to Torquay United in 2017. Keating spent three seasons at…
Dec 04, 2020

Connacht have the chance to move up to second in the PRO14 this evening

Connacht have the chance to move up to second in the Guinness PRO14 this evening. Andy Friend's side welcome winless Benetton to the Sportsground for a 7.35pm kick-off. Caolin Blade starts at scrum-half for the Westerners with Paul Boyle skippering the side…
Dec 04, 2020

Liam Gordon from Galway confirmed as referee for the Joe McDonagh Cup final

The GAA has confirmed the referees and match officials for the 2020 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior and Joe McDonagh Cup Finals with Fergal Horgan confirmed as the referee for the senior final, while Liam Gordon from Galway will officiate in the Joe McDonagh…

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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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