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Jun 18, 2021

Woman who died in Athleague house fire is named locally

The county Roscommon community of Athleague are said to be in shock at the death yesterday morning in a house fire of a well known local resident. The victim, a woman in her fifties, has been named locally as Noreen Flanagan. Investigations are continuing…
Jun 18, 2021

Galway Senator says solar-powered schools are the future

The schools of the future will be solar-powered. That's according to the Green Party which is bringing a bill forward to help get more solar panels on public buildings. The junior coalition party says the move is needed as our planning laws are too…
Jun 18, 2021

"Up and Away" again today from Ireland West Airport Knock

Today sees the first commercial flights in and out of Ireland West Airport Knock for almost six months now. Today the Ryanair services to London Gatwick and Luton, and flights to Liverpool resume, following the suspension of flights since last January due to…
Jun 17, 2021

Covid 19 almost eliminated in vaccinated population, despite more than 300 new cases of the virus today

A further 373 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening in the Republic. In a statement, the Dept of Health says that 18 patients with the virus are currently in ICUs nationally. There are 54 patients with Covid 19 in hospitals. The Chief Medical…
Jun 17, 2021

Mayo Mountain Rescue tasked yesterday evening for a woman climbing Croagh Patrick

A woman sought assistance on her decent from Croagh Patrick yesterday evening (Wednesday). At about 8.10pm, Mayo Mountain Rescue were tasked to assist a walker on the mountain with severe leg cramps due to the cold. The Deputy Team Leader of Mayo Mountain…
Jun 17, 2021

NUIG study indicates use of sunbeds in tanning salons by underage clients

33 percent of a sample of tanning salons in Dublin agreed to take a booking for an underage client, a new study has found. Researchers from NUIG sent a "secret shopper" to tanning bed operators in the capital and found 40 outlets to be in breach of current…

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Jun 17, 2021

Thursday night's Mayo GAA Results

THURSDAY 17TH JUNE, 2021 HOMELAND U13A 2021 Ballinrobe 4-12 v 0-10 Castlebar Mitchels Ardnaree 2-3 v 2-16 Claremorris Balla 2-8 v 7-8 Westport GAA Ballina Stephenites 10-16 v 4-12 Breaffy HOMELAND U13B 2021 Ballaghaderreen 3-4 v 6-14 Béal an Mhuirthead…
Jun 17, 2021

Connacht U20 & U17 Championship games moved from the COE

Following meetings of the Connacht Management Committee and the Connacht CCC it has been decided, due to changes in the numbers of patrons allowed to attend games in venues with a capacity of > 5,000, to revert to the previous rota of games to be played at…
Jun 17, 2021

All systems go for Westportif weekend

It’s all systems go for our sell out Westportif weekend events on June 26th and 27th. Considering the year we had holding this big cycling weekend in the adventure capital town of Ireland is a big bonus for outdoor activity. Saturday’s Sportifevents kick off…
Jun 17, 2021

Galway United host Cabinteely tomorrow night

Galway United face Cabinteely at Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow with kick-off at 7.45pm. The Tribesmen go into this week's fixture following a dramatic last-minute victory over Athlone Town at Eamonn Deacy Park last Friday. Ruairi Keating brought United level…
Jun 17, 2021

Mayo GAA results from last night

Mayo GAA Results EAST MAYO JFC GROUP 1 Ballyhaunis 1-10 v 3-14 Kiltimagh EAST MAYO JFC GROUP 2 Bohola Moy Davitts 4-14 v 0-16 Swinford EAST MAYO JFC GROUP 3 Aghamore 2-7 v 1-5 Eastern Gaels NORTH MAYO JFC A GRP 1 Ballina Stephenites 0-10 v 3-8 Knockmore SOUTH…
Jun 16, 2021

Cillian O'Connor to undergo procedure this week on Achilles Tendon Injury

It has been confirmed that Mayo star Cillian O’Connor sustained an Achilles Tendon injury in Sunday’s four point win over Clare. In a statement from Mayo GAA today they say that Cillian will require a procedure this week on the injury and wish him a speedy…

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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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