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Sep 27, 2021

Latest Covid-19 figures

The Department of Health has reported a further 1,049 new cases of Covid-19 this evening. 310 people are in hospital with the virus - an increase of 14 in the past 24 hours. 66 people are being treated in ICU - up 1 in the same period. Latest figures show the…
Sep 27, 2021

€586,000 additional funding approved for The Atlantic Story in Aughleam

€586,000 in additional funding has been provided for “The Atlantic Story” in Aughleam by Údarás na Gaeltachta. This was confirmed by Mayo Fine Gael TD Michael Ring - a former Minister for Rural and Community Development. Previously, €2.4 million was allocated…
Sep 27, 2021

Damage caused at Co Roscommon GAA Club grounds

A GAA club grounds in Co Roscommon was damaged by vandals over the weekend. Extensive damage was caused to a dressing room and dug out at St Faithleach's club grounds in Ballyleague, while a tractor parked at the grounds was also damaged. In a social media…
Sep 27, 2021

Two Mayo Butchers named as finalists in one category of the national Energia Family Awards

Two Mayo businesses are among the finalists in the Food and Drink Producer category of the Energia Family Awards 2021. Calvey’s butchers of Achill and Kellys butchers of Newport have both been named as finalists. This particular award recognises consistency…
Sep 27, 2021

3,730 less jobs in drinks & hospitality in the West next year, warns industry group

A new report warns there will be 3,700 fewer jobs in the drinks and hospitality industry in the West of Ireland next year, as the impact of the Covid pandemic is set to continue. Despite the predicted economic recovery, the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland…
Sep 27, 2021

Launch of new charity "Friends of Mayo University Hospital"

A new charity called "Friends of Mayo University Hospital" has been launched. The charity has been set up by a voluntary group to fundraise, to enhance and improve the overall hospital experience for patients and their families at the Castlebar hospital. The…

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Sep 27, 2021

Mayo GAA pay tribute to county legend Paddy Prendergast

Mayo GAA have paid tribute to GAA legend Paddy Prendegast. In a statement they say: “Paddy was one of the greatest players ever to pull on the green and red of his native County. A two time All-Ireland winner, the Ballintubber native was known the length and…
Sep 27, 2021

Funeral arrangements announced for 1951 All-Ireland winner with Mayo

Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for Paddy Prendergast, full-back on the last Mayo team to win the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. A native of Ballintubber, he was aged 95 and won the Sam Maguire with Mayo in 1950 and ’51. The former Garda…
Sep 27, 2021

Conclusion of 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Gary Hunt from France and Australian Rhiannan Iffland were crowned the winners of the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, as it concluded in Italy yesterday. One round of the event was held earlier this month at Downpatrick Head in north Mayo, and saw 24…
Sep 27, 2021

Seven-race card at Roscommon this afternoon

A seven-race card at Roscommon is underway from 1:20pm this afternoon. 
Sep 27, 2021

Castlerea ladies golfers win the Connacht Trophy

The Castlerea Ladies Golf team won the Connacht Trophy for the first time in 59 years at the weekend. The team in order of play were Teresa, Valerie, Mamie, Maura and Ruth.
Sep 27, 2021

Claremorris footballer set to start work with Leicester City

Ballindine native Andrew Peters is set to start working with the analytics team at premier league club Leicester City. Andrew is a Claremorris AFC footballer and also had a stint with Galway United in 2019. Midwest Sport understands that he will be doing…

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Jan 21, 2019
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‘We’ve done things no other radio station in the world would contemplate’


When a near-bankrupt Paul Claffey and an up-and-coming DJ Chris Carroll founded a small pirate radio station in the cloakroom of Midas Nightclub in November 1985 they could never have imagined the incredible impact it would have on Irish broadcasting. Today, Midwest Radio is one of the best-known stations in the country and is widely acknowledged as having changed the face of local radio in Ireland. This is the station that pioneered death notices, Radio Bingo and so many other innovations that are now mainstays of local radio schedules all over Ireland. 

In an entertaining and light-heated account of the rise of Midwest Radio, author James Laffey takes readers on an unforgettable voyage in the company of a group of ‘pirates’ who became some of the best-loved broadcasters of their generation. 

From those magical Sunday Night Live extravaganzas in Midas to the epic Beat on the Peat in New York, Laffey captures the ‘magic and madness’ of a radio station like no other. The many characters who made Midwest what it is today jump from these pages as we relive the days of Bina’s curse, the Garda who became a ‘pirate’ and the late, great Willie ‘The Shoe’, to name but a few. 

This beautifully presented 448-page hardback volume is the perfect gift for Christmas. Apart from an immensely entertaining and engaging narrative, the book contains 64 pages of photographs, including many unpublished images, some dating back to the pirate days and Sunday Night Live at Midas. It’s a very limited edition so make sure to get your copy early to avoid disappointment.

Magic & Madness is the feelgood read of 2019. It’s the book you won’t want to put down – not even for your favorite Midwest Radio show! 



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