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Dec 08, 2022

Motorists advised to be cautious on the roads tonight as temperatures remain low

Freezing fog and wintry showers are forecast for the coming days, as Ireland enters a cold snap. Met Éireann has issued a status yellow low temperature and ice warning for the entire country tonight. While people in Donegal, Dublin and Wicklow can expect…
Dec 08, 2022

Free car parking for Christmas confirmed in Claremorris and Ballinrobe

There will be free parking available in Claremorris and Ballinrobe public car parks from 2pm each day from Monday next, December 12th until Monday January 2nd. This has been confirmed by local councillor Michael Burke. It will be available in council owned…
Dec 08, 2022

Ryanair launches biggest ever Knock Schedule for Summer 2023

Ryanair has today announced its biggest ever Knock schedule with 16 routes, including an exciting new route to Lanzarote for summer 2023. The airline will operate over 120 weekly flights to and from Ireland West Airport Knock next summer (+15% growth compared…
Dec 08, 2022

Cabinet green light moves elective hospital at Merlin Park a step closer

The Saolta University Health Care Group and Galway University Hospitals has welcomed confirmation that the proposed new elective hospital for the region will progress. Saolta says the development of the elective site at Merlin Park in Galway will support the…
Dec 08, 2022

National Museum of Ireland at Turlough has exciting Crafty Little Christmas Weekend in store

One of Ireland’s most celebrated folk theatre groups – the Armagh Rhymers – are set to perform the colourful Christmas tradition of ‘Mummering’ at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo, on Saturday, 17 December. The…
Dec 08, 2022

Mayo listed among seven local authorities to implement an Equality Action Plan for traveller accomodation

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) have called on a number of local authorities to prepare and implement an equality action plan on the provision of Traveller accommodation and services. The request follows an equality review undertaken by…

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Dec 08, 2022

Seven point win for St. Muredach's College in Senior B Championship

Connacht GAA Post Primary Schools Senior B Football Championship St. Muredach's College, Ballina 3-10 St. Nathy's College, Ballaghaderreen 2-06 Senior D Hurling Championship Colaiste Chroi Mhuire Spiddal 4-20 St. Colman's Claremorris 3-08
Dec 08, 2022

FAI fined €20K for Ireland Women's team dressing room song

The FAI have been fined 20 thousand euro after the Republic of Ireland women's team were recorded singing a pro IRA chant in October. UEFA handed down the fine after a video emerged of the squad singing 'Celtic Symphony' by the Wolfe Tones following the World…
Dec 08, 2022

Lomboto resigns with Galway United for the 2023 season

Galway United are delighted to announce that Francely Lomboto has re-signed for the senior men’s team ahead of the 2023 season. The 22-year-old has committed to The Tribesmen for 2023 and heads into his third season with the senior men’s team at Eamonn Deacy…
Dec 08, 2022

Westaro Masters League Results

Westaro Masters League Results Division 2 Ballyglass 8-4 Achill Rovers Iorras Aontaithe 5-5 Conn Rangers Ballyheane 8-6 Castlebar Celtic Division 3 Killala 5-3 Ballyhaunis Town Ballinrobe Town B 2-0 Ballyglass B Straide & Foxford United 6-2 Swinford 
Dec 07, 2022

Roscommon GAA to honour underage success this weekend.

Roscommon GAA are hosting a medal presentation night this Friday. On the night, winners’ medals will be presented to the 2020 Connacht U17 champions and the 2021 U20 team. The event takes place this Friday (9 December) in the Abbey Hotel with throw in at…
Dec 07, 2022

Ballygar appeal over Easkey Connacht final win rejected

Ballygar GAA club’s appeal against the result of last month’s Connacht junior club hurling final against Easkey has been rejected following a meeting of the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee. Easkey won the final by 0-5 to 0-4, in treacherous conditions at the…

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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.