Thousands gather at a crossroads in Hollymount Mayo to remember Irish traditional singer Delia Murphy.
A memorial to Irish ballad singer Delia Murphy is unveiled by RTÉ broadcaster Donncha Ó Dúlaing on a site at Killeen's Crossroads, Annfield, Hollymount in County Mayo, on lands formerly held by Delia Murphy's father Jack.
For the thousands who gathered here, Delia Murphy will always be the uncrowned queen of traditional Irish singing.
Delia Murphy was born in Claremorris, County Mayo in 1902.
At an early age she herself showed outstanding promise as a singer.
She was introduced to ballad singing by the Traveller Tom Maughan and learned songs from local people such as the village tailor and the blacksmith. Later in life when travelling with her husband, the Irish diplomat Thomas J Kiernan,
She continued to enthral audiences with her spirited and totally natural style.
The memorial erected by neighbours, relatives, friends and admirers, is of Donegal granite, based on Liscannor stone. It recalls one of Delia Murphy's most famous ballads 'If I Were a Blackbird’.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 April 1982. The reporter is Jim Fahy.