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Mar 02, 2021

Number of confirmed cases of Covid 19 in the Republic this evening below 400

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this evening been notified of 14 additional deaths related to Covid-19. 3 deaths occurred in March, 10 in February and 1 in November. As of midnight last night (Mon) 359 new cases of the virus were confirmed in…
Mar 02, 2021

2020 Leaving Cert student fails to convince High Court that his results were "unfair and unlawful"

About sixty 2020 Leaving Cert students will have to decide whether they want to pursue legal challenges against the system adopted to calculate their grades. It's after a student of Belvedere College in Dublin failed to convince the High Court that it was…
Mar 02, 2021

"Misneach" is the President's new puppy

President Michael D Higgins' new puppy has been named Misneach. The Bernese Mountain Dog is five-months-old and is a new companion to the President's other dog Bród. His name is Irish and translates to 'courage'. President Higgins was photographed with…
Mar 02, 2021

Castlerea native fails to overturn court decision not to allow a legal challenge to Covid 19 emergency legislation

Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters have failed to overturn a decision not to allow them to bring a legal challenge to COVID-19 emergency legislation. Last May, Castlerea native Waters and Ms O’Doherty failed to convince the High Court to give them permission to…
Mar 02, 2021

New CE of Mayo County Council set to approved at a Special Meeting of the authority on Monday next

A special meeting of Mayo County Council is to take place virtually on Monday next, with the final seal of approval expected for the appointment of Mr Kevin Kelly as the new CE of Mayo County Council. Mr Kelly has served as interim chief executive of Galway…
Mar 02, 2021

Extension to contracts announced for some CE and TÚS Scheme participants

Participants of Community Employment (CE) and TÚS schemes whose contracts were due to finish over the period since last October, are now to benefit from a further extension up to the 2nd July. That has been confirmed today by Mayo Fine Gael deputy Michael…

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Mar 02, 2021

Former Sligo boss becomes new manager of Ipswich Town

Former Sligo Rovers boss Paul Cook has been named the new Ipswich Town manager. Cook's agreed a two and a half year contract at the League One club and will be at tonight's game at Accrington. Cook has been out of work since leaving Wigan at the end of last…
Mar 02, 2021

Former Castlebar Celtic defender to captain Galway WFC in 2021

Former Castlebar Celtic defender Shauna Fox has been named as the Galway Women’s Football Club captain for 2021. The Galway native moved from Celtic to Galway WFC at its inception in 2012 and has been at Eamonn Deacy Park ever since. The 24-year-old defender…
Mar 02, 2021

Mayo golf club hits out at anti-social behaviour

A Mayo golf club has taken to social media to hit out at antisocial behaviour on their course at the weekend. Claremorris Golf Club said that this type of activity will not be tolerated and they are currently reviewing CCTV footage to try and identify the…
Mar 02, 2021

UK and Ireland to make joint bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup

The Government has confirmed it is making a joint bid along with the UK to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. In a joint statement issued last night, the football associations here, Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland welcomed backing from the UK…
Mar 01, 2021

Gordon Elliott banned from entering horses in UK races while investigation is ongoing

Gordon Elliott has been banned from entering horses in UK races while an investigation is ongoing. The Meath trainer was pictured sitting astride a dead horse at his yard. Elliott apologised for any offence caused by the image which has been strongly…
Mar 01, 2021

West of Ireland is represented on GAA committees

A number of GAA members from clubs across the region were appointed to various committee positions at the weekend’s Congress. As expected, there is female representation, with Galway’s Mary Judge of Caherlistrane joining Cork’s John Halbert. In his address as…

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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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