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Dec 09, 2021

€100,000 for Mayo location under the Town Centre First Plan

€2.6 million in funding has been provided to one town in each county nationally to deliver the first ever Town Centre First Plans. Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys made the announcement for the plan which aims to play a key role…
Dec 09, 2021

Government announces supports for sectors closed by restrictions

The Government has announced the extension of the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme until the end of January and a restoration of November's higher rates. Minister Paschal Donohoe said they couldn't design a targeted scheme for the hospitality sector in time…
Dec 09, 2021

Five podcasts produced by Mayo Writer in Residence programme

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence Elizabeth Reapy invited fellow writers from Mayo and writers with strong links to Mayo to discuss their creative process. This resulted in a series of five podcasts which are now available to listen to on…
Dec 09, 2021

Mayo and Sligo winners in the 2021 Ocean Hero Awards

There were Mayo and Sligo winners in the 2021 Ocean Hero Awards. The awards honour groups, individuals, communities and businesses for their outstanding voluntary work and commitment to their coastlines and communities. Each year, the Ocean Hero Awards honour…
Dec 09, 2021

Mental Health Commission publishes report into Mayo facility

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) published four inspection reports this week that included a facility in county Mayo. The Chief Executive of the Mental Health Commission, John Farrelly, commended all the centres for their high rates of compliance but warned…
Dec 09, 2021

Car crashes into numerous parked vehicles in Kiltimagh

Gardaí attended the scene of a road traffic collision on Aidan Street in Kiltimagh yesterday evening. They arrived at the scene at approximately 5:15pm. A vehicle travelling in the area struck a number of parked vehicles. No injuries were reported. The road…

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Dec 09, 2021

Westaro Masters League results

Division 1 Westport United 6 - 2 Claremorris Ballina Town 8 - 0 Fahy Rovers Division 3 Ballyglass 15 - 3 Manulla B Swinford B 5 - 4 Ballinrobe TownCastlebar Celtic B 4 - 4 Killala Snugboro United 4 - 2 Swinford
Dec 09, 2021

Mayo manager and new Mayo GAA Chair issue joint statement

Following the election, at Convention last Sunday, of Seamus Tuohy as Chairperson of Mayo GAA both he and Senior Football Manager James Horan have issued the following joint statement: As the new Chairperson of Mayo GAA County Board I would like to…
Dec 09, 2021

Change of venue for Connacht LGFA Intermediate final

Connacht LGFA Intermediate Club Championship Final Tourlestrane Gaa vs Castlebar Lgfc Sunday 12th Dec: 1pm Swinford Amenity Park Swinford, Co. Mayo.
Dec 09, 2021

Westport man makes second appearance for Irish amateur team

Gary Cunningham played the second half in goal for the Ireland Amateur team last night. The Westport United man came on at half-time in place of Brendan O’Connell, who has been the regular goalkeeper for this squad for the last number of years. The Irish…
Dec 08, 2021

Mayo face tough opener in Connacht U20 Championship

Mayo face a tough opener in the Connacht U20 Football Championship. Maurice Sheridan's side will meet Galway in the preliminary round on Wednesday April 6th. The winner will progress to the semi-finals to take on Leitrim on April 13th. The Connacht U20…
Dec 08, 2021

Live coverage of Mayo Gaels Connacht semi-final on Saturday

Mayo Gaels begin their Connacht journey on Saturday when they take on Naomh Anna Leitir Mor of Galway in the Intermediate Football semi-final. It promises to be a very close fought affair between two proud footballing clubs and we'll have live commentary from…

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Liam Reilly Tribute Show

Jan 06, 2021
Following the death of legendary Singer/Songwriter Liam Reilly on January 1st, 2021…

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Dec 27, 2019
Midwest Radio in association with Iaro Productions are delighted to announce details of a…

Mayo v Kerry NFL Final

Apr 02, 2019
Listen back to our commentary with Michael D. McAndrew and Martin Carney on Mayo's…

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

Jan 21, 2019
 Below is a copy of the Homily that Fr. Terence Harrington gave on the Sunday Morning…

Marjorie's Kitchen - November

Nov 02, 2018
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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.