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Aug 14, 2022

Repair works completed to a large watermain burst in Ballina

Irish Water, working with Mayo County Council, have completed repair works following a large burst to a watermain in Ballina in the early hours of this morning. Speaking about the completion of the repair works, Sean Higgins from Irish Water said, “Crews from…
Aug 14, 2022

Burst watermain affecting homes in the Ballina area

Irish Water is working with Mayo County Council to restore water as quickly as possible to impacted customers following a large burst to a water main in Ballina in the early hours of this morning. Whilst every effort is being made to maintain supply to as…
Aug 14, 2022

Status Orange thunderstorm alert issued for the country

A status orange thunderstorm warning has been issued for the entire country. It is an upgrade from the previous yellow warning - with heavy showers of rain combining with high temperatures. The orange thunderstorm warning begins at 3pm today until 9am…
Aug 14, 2022

Gardaí appeal to public not to share images of a fatal assault in Athlone

Gardai have appealed to the public to stop sharing images of a public order incident which resulted in the death of a man on a stag weekend in Athlone. They say it's upsetting to his family and unhelpful to their investigation. 47 year old Paul 'Babs'…
Aug 14, 2022

Traffic delays in Carrick-on-Shannon following fire to a pub

The bridge in Carrick On Shannon has been reduced to one lane of traffic following a fire at a pub. Local firefighters have extinguished the blaze but a clean up operation is continuing this morning. Images online show some of the front of the building…
Aug 14, 2022

Man arrested following significant drugs seizure in Galway

As part of Operation Tara, Gardaí from Galway seized combined drugs valued at €398,400 and arrested a man (30's) following a search of a house on Saturday afternoon 13th August, 2022. Gardaí obtained a Section 26 warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977…

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Aug 14, 2022

Sligo swimmer through to 200m breastroke final at European Championships

Mona McSharry has qualified for the 200m breastroke final at the European Aquatic Championships in Rome. The Sligo native put Saturday's frustration in the 100m breaststroke behind her quickly on Sunday as she came home fourth in the second semi-final in two…
Aug 14, 2022

Impressive medal haul by Mayo athletes at National Community Games

A total of 11 medals were won along with two sets of team medals by athletes from Mayo Community Games at the ALDI National Community Games Track and Field Finals held in Carlow yesterday 13th August. Over two thousand children took part in the national…
Aug 14, 2022

Mayo athletes compete at Irish Masters Outdoor Championships

Irish Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Tullamore August 13, 2022. It was a tough day for every competitor in Tullamore on Saturday. Blisteringly hot near 30° temperatures made for gruelling conditions for all participants. The track events…
Aug 14, 2022

Sligo GAA Club Championship results

Homeland Senior Football Championship Group 1 RD - 1 Calry/St Joseph's 0 - 18 0 - 9 Curry/Curraigh Homeland Senior Football Championship Group 2 RD - 1 Coolaney/Mullinabreena 2 - 7 0 - 15 Tuarloistreáin/Tourlestrane Homeland Senior Football Championship Group…
Aug 14, 2022

Galway Club Championship results

Sun 14th Aug 2022 Senior Football Championship - Group 3 Monivea-Abbey 1-12 3-7 Killannin Intermediate Football Championship - Group 2 Oranmore-Maree 0-11 0-18 Clg Mícheál Breathnach Intermediate Football Championship - Group 2 St Brendan's 3-10 0-11 Caltra…
Aug 14, 2022

Knockmore advance to Division 1 league final

Mayo Senior Football League Division 1 semi-final Knockmore 2-12 Ballina Stephenites 0-14 Division 2 semi-final Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin 0-11 Belmullet 0-08 Division 2 relegation semi-final Crossmolina Deel Rovers 2-15 Lahardane 0-11 Division 3 semi-final…

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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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