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Feb 03, 2023

Ballintubber and District Kayak club seek new members

Ballintubber and District Kayaking club are calling for new members to join their club. Roscommon Councilor Anthony Waldron is calling on people in the area to come along tomorrow morning to the club where a talk will be held with details on the water sport.…
Feb 03, 2023

Councillor claims local and regional roads in Achill, Mulranny and Newport are in a state of "disrepair"

The local and regional roads in areas like Achill, Newport and Mulranny are in an appalling state of disrepair, according to Achill based Fianna Fail councillor Paul McNamara. At the monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District the councillor described…
Feb 03, 2023

Inland Fisheries Ireland recruiting for Seasonal Fisheries Officers

Inland Fisheries Ireland, the state agency responsible for the protection, conservation, development and promotion of freshwater fish, habitats and sea angling, is launching its recruitment drive today to hire 36 Seasonal Fisheries Officers nationwide. The…
Feb 03, 2023

Recruitment Open Day tomorrow at 8 Mayo Fire Stations - all are invited

Eight Mayo fire stations are hosting recruitment open days tomorrow, (Saturday) It’s an opportunity for the public to meet the fire crew teams, tour the facilities, and learn about the requirements for becoming a firefighter. Highly trained and dedicated…
Feb 03, 2023

Ballina biotech company to create 65 jobs as it's new germ-free egg hits the international market

Ovagen a Ballina headquartered biotech company at Carrentrila has developed the world’s first germ-free egg. The process and technology used by the company addresses a major issue in vaccine production. HBAN has led a €1.1M investment in Ovagen. HBAN is an…
Feb 03, 2023

New joint BA (Hons) in Business and Irish announced from ATU and St. Angela’s

As St. Angela’s College, Sligo prepares for formal incorporation into Atlantic Technological University, a joint BA (Hons) in Business and Irish has been developed, which will be offered to CAO applicants for September 2023. This unique 3-year honours degree…

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Feb 03, 2023

SMART Sliotar to be introduced in this weekend's Allianz League

The GAA have confirmed that the SMART Sliotar will be used for the 2023 senior inter county playing season, beginning with this weekend’s league games. This new technology was successfully trialed in last year’s U20 hurling championship. The new chip…
Feb 03, 2023

Double header at Connacht GAA HQ for Schools football finals

Mezzino Connacht Post Primary Schools Football Championship finals: Senior A final: Summerhill (Sligo) v Claregalway (Galway) Connacht COE, Bekan. 2:00PM Senior B final: St Attracta’s CS (Sligo) v Roscommon CBS Connacht COE Bekan. 12:30PM Senior C final:…

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Liam Reilly Tribute Show

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Apr 02, 2019
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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

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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.