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May 26, 2022

Householders and businesses urged to test their properties for radon gas

A radioactive gas affecting 170,000 homes in Ireland is the leading cause of lung cancer in non smokers. That's according to the Irish Cancer Society, which is urging households and businesses to test their properties for radon. The Environmental Protection…
May 26, 2022

Former Taoiseach appointed as non-executive Director of Tipperary based company

Former Taoiseach, Castlebar based, Enda Kenny has been appointed as a non-executive director of Tipperary-based Envetec Sustainable Technologies Ltd, a start-up company focused on treating and eradicating biohazardous laboratory waste and material. According…
May 26, 2022

Free and subsidised higher education places available at ATU under 2022 Springboard+

Thousands of free and subsidised higher education places will be available to people across the region, as part of the 2022 Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 initiatives. The courses are open to people who are unemployed, or those who…
May 26, 2022

Galway Sinn Fein Deputy says the rental crisis is not taken seriously enough by Government

The rental crisis in Galway is very concerning and the Government doesn’t understand how severe the crisis is. That’s the view of Galway Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell who told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office to seek help…
May 26, 2022

Success for two Mayo students in the 2022 Texaco Children’s Art Competition

Two Mayo students have won top prizes in this year’s 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Cian Cummins (15), from Ballinrobe Community School took a Special Merit Award for his work entitled ‘Vibrant Suspicion’, and Adam Munnelly (8) from Ardagh National…
May 26, 2022

New Lidl store opens in Claremorris on Thursday next

Lidl Ireland has announced the opening of its brand-new store in Claremorris, this day week, Thursday (2nd June). The new state-of-the-art store is Lidl’s fifth store in Mayo and will see a significant local investment of more than €6 million and will create…

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May 26, 2022

Galway United & Cork City meet in top of the table clash tomorrow

Galway United host Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday with kick-off at 7.45 pm. The Tribesmen made it seven wins on the bounce last week they defeated Athlone Town 3-0 at Terryland. Goals from Alex Murphy, David Hurley and substitute Ronan Manning…
May 26, 2022

Mayo LGFA Results

Under 16 League Final Results Div 1-3 Under 16 SF results Div 4 Division 1 Cup Kilmoremoy A 2-08 Westport A 5-17 Division 2 Cup Swinford Killasser 2-06 The Neale 3-08 Division 3 Cup Balla 2-10 Charlestown 1-11 Division 1 Shield Burrishoole 1-08 St Brigid's…
May 26, 2022

Wednesday's Mayo GAA results

WEDNESDAY 25TH MAY, 2022 EAST MAYO JFCB GROUP 1 Charlestown Sarsfields 2-10 v 2-9 Bohola Moy Davitts EAST MAYO JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP Eastern Gaels 3-10 v 1-8 Swinford SOUTH MAYO JFC GROUP 1 Garrymore 2-19 v 2-8 Kilmaine MAYO GAA U-17 HURLING LEAGUE 2022…
May 25, 2022

James Horan gives injury update ahead of Monaghan clash

Michael Plunkett will miss Mayo’s round 1 qualifier match with Monaghan on Saturday week. Mayo manager James Horan confirmed to Midwest Sport today in a media briefing that the Ballintubber man is the only player definitely out of contention for the match in…
May 25, 2022

Monivea Featherweight knocked out of European Championship

Monivea featherweight Adam Hession has lost out in his last 16 fight against Belgium. The Galway man was unlucky losing out on a 4 -1 split decision against Vasile Usturoi in the Mens European boxing Championships in Yerevan this afternoon. Lightweight John…
May 25, 2022

Galway boxer through to quarter finals at Men's European Championships

Gabriel Dossen is into the middleweight quarter-finals at the Men's European Championships. The Galway man won by unanimous decision, 5-nil, against Bulgarian fourth seed Rami Kiwan in Yerevan. Earlier Sean Mari booked his place in the flyweight…

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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.