The musical genius and extraordinary personality of the remarkable Delia Murphy, the Music Queen of Connemara, will be celebrated by family and fans who are coming together to host the inaugural Spinning Wheel Festival in Delia’s birthplace, Claremorris, Co Mayo on 29-30 June this year.
Delia Murphy was also the wife of the first Irish Ambassador to Australia – T.J. Kiernan – who left an enduring legacy of warm hospitality and rich achievement across this, the Great South Land.e this year.
‘We want to capture memories of Delia’s music and lively personality and introduce a new generation to her music,’ said granddaughter Carol Kiernan. ‘The Festival will attract international tourists to Mayo as Delia’s fans are spread across the globe.’
It’s appropriate that The Delia Murphy Festival is held in Claremorris where Delia Murphy was born. Delia was proud of her Mayo heritage and returned home whenever she could. Hers was a familiar voice on radio and in concert, particularly in 1950′s Ireland.
Delia’s husband, Dr T.J. Kiernan, was a Dubliner who proudly promoted Ireland abroad. He established the Irish Embassy in Australia and was also Minister Plenipotentiary to the Vatican and Ambassador to Germany, Canada and the United States of America. He developed a close working relationship with US president John F. Kennedy and helped to organise the President’s visit to Ireland in 1963.
Historians will talk about Tom Kiernan’s diplomacy abroad in England, Italy, Australia, Germany, Canada and the friendship he developed with the President during his last posting to the USA. Celebrities will share their personal perspective of one of over 80 songs that Delia recorded, which has special significance to them. And family and friends will share photos, rare recordings and memorabilia of the period when Delia was a familiar voice in concert and on Irish radio and television.
Nature of event: The Spinning Wheel Festival
Where: Dalton Inn Claremorris, Co Mayo Ireland
When: 29th – 30th June 2013
Cost: Dinner and concert ticket 29-Jun-2013: €50.00
Further information: The Spinning Wheel Festival