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Feb 27, 2024

ATU issue statement regarding earlier incident on Sligo campus grounds

Today, Atlantic Technological University (ATU) experienced a concerning incident on our Sligo campus grounds. A member of the public gained unauthorised access and threatened students. Thankfully, due to the swift response of our security team and the prompt…
Feb 27, 2024

Man has been arrested following an incident at ATU Sligo this afternoon

A man has been arrested after reportedly brandishing a knife on the ATU campus in Sligo. It's reported he threatened passers-by at the university, before being apprehended by Gardai at around 2 o'clock this afternoon. In a statement, Gardaí say they responded…
Feb 27, 2024

Gardai and emergency services attended the scene of a fire in Lahardane last night

Gardai and Emergency services were called to the scene of a house fire yesterday evening in Lahardane. 2 units of Mayo Fire Service were alerted just after 8:45pm to a house fire at Knockfarnaught. On arrival, the Incident Commander notice that the occupied…
Feb 27, 2024

Gardai investigating alleged assault in Sligo town on Saturday last

Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault that occurred in Sligo town in the early hours of Saturday last. Following reports of a public order incident, Gardaí attended the scene on St Anne’s Terrace at approximately 1:20am. A male in his 40s was conveyed…
Feb 27, 2024

Mother and Baby Institutions Payment Scheme to open next month

The Mother and Baby Institutions Payment Scheme will open on March 20th. The scheme will give priority to older applicants, with the first payments expected to be made in the second quarter of the year. Announcing the move, Minister Roderic O'Gorman said it…
Feb 27, 2024

Court learns that Castlebar teacher is being paid his full teaching salary despite being dismissed from his role and jailed

Despite being dismissed from his teaching role at Wilson’s Hospital School, the High Court has heard that Enoch Burke is still being paid his full salary. Mr. Burke was back before the court today for the latest review of his detention at Mountjoy Prison,…

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Feb 27, 2024

Finlay Bealham recalled to Ireland Six Nations camp following release to Connacht

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has recalled Finlay Bealham to the Irish camp. It's after the prop had been released to train and play against Connacht this week. The reason for the recall has not been disclosed. Connacht scrum and attack coach Colm Tucker…
Feb 27, 2024

Important points up for grabs in Division One survival this Saturday for Mayo and Cork

Mayo and Cork square off in a big game this Saturday in the Lidl Ladies National Football League. Victory for Liam McHale’s side will be very important for their hopes of retaining Division One status for 2025. Mayo are fifth in the eight team table, just one…
Feb 27, 2024

Andy Farrell releases three players from Six Nations camp for upcoming URC games

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has released three Munster players from the Six Nations camp. Craig Casey, Tom Ahern, and Jeremy Loughman have been made available for the province for this weekend. Munster face Zebre at Virgin Media Park in the URC on Friday…
Feb 26, 2024

Crucial league game between Mayo and Roscommon LIVE on Midwest Radio this Saturday

There’ll be LIVE commentary of Mayo v Roscommon in the Allianz National Football League here on Midwest Radio this Saturday evening. Mayo are looking to bounce back from two straight defeats and are in need of a win to help secure their place in the top…
Feb 26, 2024

Elverys Sports Super League returns for first round of action this Sunday

The Elverys Sports Super League kicks off for action this weekend, with three games taking place on Sunday. Ballina Town and Castlebar Celtic, meanwhile, are both in Round Four action in the Connacht Cup. The Castlecourt Hotel Premier League also gets…
Feb 26, 2024

Mayo Women's Football League round up - defeat for Swinford in U19 Connacht Cup

Swinford FC came up against a strong Salthill Devon team in Saturday's Under 19 Connacht Cup final, with the Galway side taking the silverware. In a game played in Mervue, the current Galway league table leaders enjoyed a 5-0 win over the Mayo league winners.…

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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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