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Dec 09, 2021

€100,000 for Mayo location under the Town Centre First Plan

€2.6 million in funding has been provided to one town in each county nationally to deliver the first ever Town Centre First Plans. Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys made the announcement for the plan which aims to play a key role…
Dec 09, 2021

Government announces supports for sectors closed by restrictions

The Government has announced the extension of the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme until the end of January and a restoration of November's higher rates. Minister Paschal Donohoe said they couldn't design a targeted scheme for the hospitality sector in time…
Dec 09, 2021

Five podcasts produced by Mayo Writer in Residence programme

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence Elizabeth Reapy invited fellow writers from Mayo and writers with strong links to Mayo to discuss their creative process. This resulted in a series of five podcasts which are now available to listen to on…
Dec 09, 2021

Mayo and Sligo winners in the 2021 Ocean Hero Awards

There were Mayo and Sligo winners in the 2021 Ocean Hero Awards. The awards honour groups, individuals, communities and businesses for their outstanding voluntary work and commitment to their coastlines and communities. Each year, the Ocean Hero Awards honour…
Dec 09, 2021

Mental Health Commission publishes report into Mayo facility

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) published four inspection reports this week that included a facility in county Mayo. The Chief Executive of the Mental Health Commission, John Farrelly, commended all the centres for their high rates of compliance but warned…
Dec 09, 2021

Car crashes into numerous parked vehicles in Kiltimagh

Gardaí attended the scene of a road traffic collision on Aidan Street in Kiltimagh yesterday evening. They arrived at the scene at approximately 5:15pm. A vehicle travelling in the area struck a number of parked vehicles. No injuries were reported. The road…

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Dec 09, 2021

Westaro Masters League results

Division 1 Westport United 6 - 2 Claremorris Ballina Town 8 - 0 Fahy Rovers Division 3 Ballyglass 15 - 3 Manulla B Swinford B 5 - 4 Ballinrobe TownCastlebar Celtic B 4 - 4 Killala Snugboro United 4 - 2 Swinford
Dec 09, 2021

Mayo manager and new Mayo GAA Chair issue joint statement

Following the election, at Convention last Sunday, of Seamus Tuohy as Chairperson of Mayo GAA both he and Senior Football Manager James Horan have issued the following joint statement: As the new Chairperson of Mayo GAA County Board I would like to…
Dec 09, 2021

Change of venue for Connacht LGFA Intermediate final

Connacht LGFA Intermediate Club Championship Final Tourlestrane Gaa vs Castlebar Lgfc Sunday 12th Dec: 1pm Swinford Amenity Park Swinford, Co. Mayo.
Dec 09, 2021

Westport man makes second appearance for Irish amateur team

Gary Cunningham played the second half in goal for the Ireland Amateur team last night. The Westport United man came on at half-time in place of Brendan O’Connell, who has been the regular goalkeeper for this squad for the last number of years. The Irish…
Dec 08, 2021

Mayo face tough opener in Connacht U20 Championship

Mayo face a tough opener in the Connacht U20 Football Championship. Maurice Sheridan's side will meet Galway in the preliminary round on Wednesday April 6th. The winner will progress to the semi-finals to take on Leitrim on April 13th. The Connacht U20…
Dec 08, 2021

Live coverage of Mayo Gaels Connacht semi-final on Saturday

Mayo Gaels begin their Connacht journey on Saturday when they take on Naomh Anna Leitir Mor of Galway in the Intermediate Football semi-final. It promises to be a very close fought affair between two proud footballing clubs and we'll have live commentary from…

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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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