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Aug 13, 2022

Man pronounced dead in hospital following assault in Athlone

Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances of a fatal assault of a man that occurred in the early hours of this morning in Athlone. Following a public order incident a man, aged in his 40s, was discovered with serious injuries at Church Street, Athlone,…
Aug 13, 2022

Heatwave could be offically declared today if temperatures exceed 25 degrees again

A heatwave is likely to be offically declared today, if temperatures exceed 25 degrees for a fifth day in a row. Met Eireann expects highs of 31 degrees in places, as its yellow temperature warning remains in place until Monday. The forecaster is also warning…
Aug 13, 2022

Councillor calls for a strategic improvement grant for the Neale crossroads

A local councillor is calling for a strategic improvement grant to be allocated to the Neale crossroads given accident statistics. Councillor Damien Ryan says along with the Anfield crossroads in the county, the Neale crossroads is one of the most dangerous…
Aug 13, 2022

Eligible public urged to take second booster as rollout to over 50's begins next week

Everyone, who is eligible, is being encouraged to take a second Covid 19 booster as the HSE starts rolling it out to over 50's next week. Following the recent NIAC recommendation that a second booster be given to over 50's, 60-64 year old can now make an…
Aug 13, 2022

Budget 2023 expected to allocate €1b on once-off measures to tackle the cost of living

It's expected next month's Budget will allocate 1 billion euro to a series of once-off measures to help tackle the cost of living crisis. A double child allowance payment is being considered for December, while another energy credit could be issued, to help…
Aug 13, 2022

Increase in people awaiting first hospital outpatient consultation

The number of people waiting for their first hospital outpatient consultation has increased by 3,700 in a single month. At the end of July, the figure was almost 628,000 - compared to less than 624,000 a month earlier. Over 907,000 people are now on some form…

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Aug 13, 2022

Galway rower helps Irish team claim silver at the European Championships

Galway’s Aifric Keogh and her Irish teammates Tara Hanlon, Eimear Lambe and Natalie Long have won silver in the women's four at the European Rowing Championships in Munich. The Irish boat hit the front from the start but Great Britain took over the lead just…
Aug 13, 2022

Galway woman qualifies for the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships

Emma Slevin from Renmore Gymnastics Club has qualified for the 2022 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, which will take place in Liverpool later this year. After a tough start for Slevin on bars, where she suffered two falls during her routine, the…
Aug 13, 2022

Galway rower narrowly misses podium finish at the European Championships

Galway’s Fiona Murtagh and Cork’s Emily Hegarty have finished in fourth place in the Women's Pair final at the European Rowing Championships in Munich Romania claimed gold with Great Britain second and the Netherlands in bronze.
Aug 13, 2022

Carne Golf Links to host the Irish PGA Championship for second consecutive year

Carne Golf Links will once again play host to the Irish PGA Championship 2022 from the 17th to the 20th of August. The 54-hole tournament is returning to the Wild Atlantic Dunes course at Carne Links, for the second year in a row, and will be preceded on…
Aug 13, 2022

Sligo swimmer through to 100m breaststroke final at the European Championships

Sligo’s Mona McSharry should be hopeful of claiming a medal at the European Championships in Rome later. She qualified third fastest for the final of the Women's 100-metre breaststroke, and that's in the pool just before 5.30, Irish time.
Aug 13, 2022

Galway fail to capitalise as Cork City record first loss since February

First Division leaders Cork City lost for the first time since February, but Galway failed to capitalise. Cork were beaten 2-nil by Treaty United at Turner's Cross. While Galway had Max Hemmings dismissed in a 2-1 defeat at Waterford.

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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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