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Apr 11, 2021

Lowest number of daily Covid-19 cases reported since mid-December

303 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed and 2 additional deaths have been reported. One of these deaths happened in March, and one in April. Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn, has confirmed this is the lowest number of daily cases reported…
Apr 11, 2021

West Mayo community lodge objection to three-month road closure

The community of Islandeady have lodged an objection to a proposed three-month road closure of the main road through their community ( L-1811), during the construction of the new N5 dual carriageway between Castlebar and Westport. Islandeady is nestled among…
Apr 11, 2021

NUIG student succeeds former Tuam Mayor as Aontú representative

23-year-old student Luke Silke has been selected as the new Aontú representative for the Tuam area. He succeeds former Tuam Mayor Martin Ward as the party's candidate, after he announced his retirement from electoral politics. Mr Ward served as a Tuam Town…
Apr 11, 2021

Two arrested following large drugs haul in Mayo

Gardaí have arrested two people following the seizure of €130,000 in suspected cannabis herb and cocaine, and €17,600 in cash after searches in the Mayo area yesterday. As part of an ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Mayo region,…
Apr 11, 2021

Dept of Social Protection warns public about phone scam

People are being warned of a new phone scam doing the rounds. Fraudsters are calling people claiming to be from the Department of Social Protection. In a statement, the Department of Social Protection's alerting people to these scam phone calls. They claim to…
Apr 11, 2021

Rapid Covid-19 testing pilot set for colleges before summer

The Government is set to pilot rapid Covid-19 testing in colleges before the summer. The Business Post reports the Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, will bring a memo to Cabinet this week on the establishment of the pilot programme. It's seeking to…

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Apr 11, 2021

Closing date for applications for Martin Sheridan Bursary have been extended

Applications for the 2021 Martin Sheridan Bursary scheme have been extended until April 30th. The scheme is designed to financially support young sportspeople who have demonstrated outstanding ability and the potential and desire to perform at the highest…
Apr 11, 2021

LISTEN: Mayo GAA Coaching Officer says players are itching to get going next month

The Mayo GAA Coaching Officer says it's fantastic to see underage training return at the end of the month. Declan O'Reilly says a lot of work has gone in behind the scenes from a coaching perspective and has praised the clubs and county management teams for…
Apr 11, 2021

McStay tips Kerry to end Dublin's reign

Former Mayo footballer Kevin McStay is tipping Kerry to end Dublin’s reign as the dominant force in Gaelic Football this summer. The Ballina native believes the Kingdom’s young guns have a lot to prove following their shock exit from the championship against…
Apr 11, 2021

Cora Staunton rules out inter-county return with Mayo

Four-time All-Ireland winner with Mayo Cora Staunton revealed she won't be linking up with the Mayo Senior Footballers on Sunday Sports Show this afternoon. The Carnacon woman says it was ‘lovely recognition’ to be shortlisted in the forwards for the AFL Team…
Apr 11, 2021

Ballinrobe Racecourse holding its first meeting of the year on Friday

Ballinrobe racecourse will hold their first meeting of the year on Friday afternoon. The first of ten meetings will again be behind closed doors but racecourse manager John Flannelly remains hopeful that perhaps in August or September they may be able to have…
Apr 11, 2021

LISTEN: Mayo Camogie ready to compete for 2021

Mayo Camogie have announced the appointment of Jimmy Lyons as Junior Team Manager for 2021. The appointment was ratified at the recent meeting of Mayo Camogie County Board. It will be an exciting year ahead for Mayo Camogie who will be in group 2 of Division…

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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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