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Dec 07, 2023

Close to 12,000 refugees and asylum seekers have arrived in Ireland to date, this year

The number of Ukrainian refugees and international protection applicants arriving in Ireland each week, remains high. The most up-to-date figures have been released as the government continues to struggle to source accommodation. Barry Whyte reports...
Dec 07, 2023

Long waits for beds at hospitals across the region again today

484 people are waiting for beds in Irish hospitals today, according to the INMO Trolley Watch figures. 54 patients are waiting on trolleys for admission to University Hospital Galway, that’s the second highest number nationally. There are 34 patients waiting…
Dec 07, 2023

Roscommon TD raises concern over lack of additional supports for communities who have welcomed refugees

A Roscommon TD has once again raised her concern over the lack of additional supports for communities that have welcomed refugees. Sinn Fein Deputy Claire Kerrane says many rural communities lack the adequate services to cater for the amount of people in the…
Dec 07, 2023

Westport councillor calls on local candidates to refrain from using posters during next year's local elections

A Westport based councillor is calling on fellow councillors and local election candidates not to use election posters during the local elections next year. In the local elections in 2019, Councillor Brendan Mulroy decided against using election posters, as…
Dec 07, 2023

A place of reflection and colour - The Butterfly Garden- has been successfully created in Swinford to remember baby loss

A group of mothers who have experienced baby loss/ miscarriages decided to create a special place in Swinford to reflect on the loss of their children. The group of volunteers managed to get together during the pandemic, and working with the local community…
Dec 07, 2023

Labour Youth say workers aged 15-19 are being exploited in regards to pay

Workers aged 15-19 are being exploited when it comes to pay. That's according to Labour Youth, which says younger workers are being paid up to 70 per cent of the minimum wage while doing exactly the same job as those on full pay. Its calling for sub-minimum…

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Dec 07, 2023

Bundee Aki, Finlay Bealham and Mack Hansen all start in Connacht's Champions Cup opener tomorrow

Bundee Aki will start for Connacht tomorrow against Bordeaux Begles in the Investec Champions Cup. This will be the World Player of the Year nominee’s first appearance for the province since Ireland’s World Cup exit to New Zealand. His inclusion is one of…
Dec 07, 2023

Strong local representation on DCU side that claimed Senior Division One title last night

A number of players from across the region were involved in DCU’s Ladies Football League Division One title win last night. In what was describes as a night of horrific conditions, DCU won by ten points. There were three Mayo players on the panel with Tara…
Dec 07, 2023

Big Mayo contingent involved in UL's Freshers A League final success

A number of Mayo’s youngsters were involved in Freshers A League final action last night. The University of Limerick won the league title in a rip roaring encounter against Ulster University. Fiachra Cruise & Jack Dunleavy both represented Moy Davitts on the…
Dec 07, 2023

Leah Kelly re-signs with Sligo Rovers for 2024

Sligo Rovers have confirmed that Leah Kelly has re-signed ahead of the 2024 season. Having played in both defense and midfield this year, she is the first player to commit for next season. Kelly recently became the first player to reach 50 appearances for the…
Dec 07, 2023

Galway United announce the re-signing of Rob Slevin to the senior Men's team for the 2024 season

(Pic courtesy Galway United website) Galway United have announced that Rob Slevin has re-signed for the senior Men's team ahead of the 2024 season. The 25-year-old defender has committed to The Tribesmen for 2024 and heads into his second season in Galway…
Dec 06, 2023

St Muredach's College book their place in All Ireland Basketball Final

(pic - St Murdeach's College Facebook) St Muredachs Senior Basketballers have triumphed in the U19B All-Ireland semi-final this afternoon, edging out Coláiste Chú Chulainn with a thrilling 65-61 victory in National arena in Dublin this afternoon. The final is…

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Apr 02, 2019
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Fr. Terence Harrington's Homily and Reflection as spoken about on The Mid Morning Show

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! 



Please note, if you wish to place an order over the phone, you can do so by calling 094 90 24422 or if calling from abroad, 00353 94 90 24422. Thank you.