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May 31, 2023

Due to Covid outbreak, visiting restrictions in two wards at Roscommon University Hospital

Visiting restrictions have been imposed on two wards at Roscommon University Hospital due to a Covid 19 outbreak Due to an outbreak of the virus, access for visitors to St Coman’s Ward and St Teresa’s Ward at the hospital is currently limited to compassionate…
May 31, 2023

Castlebar councillor calls for immediate action after an Eir manhole cover on Spencer street in the town collapses

A local councillor is calling for immediate intervention by eir after a manhole cover on Spencer street in castlebar has collapsed. Councillor Ger Deere says this has become a regular occurrence around the town where such covers are collapsing or buckling and…
May 31, 2023

Mayo’s 150 primary schools will have access to counselling services for students from September, under a new pilot scheme

A national pilot programme of counselling and mental health supports for primary school students from next September, is to include the 150 primary schools in county Mayo. Mayo is one of seven counties included in the 5 million euro pilot scheme for the next…
May 31, 2023

Mayo Real Estate Agent secures national title

Ballina based estate agent DNG Michael Boland Properties has been named the ‘DNG Medium Branch of the Year’ sponsored by the Irish Times at the DNG National Conference and Awards. A judging panel of industry experts praised DNG Michael Boland for the team’s…
May 31, 2023

Sligo native appointed Farm Profitability and Sustainability Manager at Aurivo

Dairy Co-op Aurivo has appointed Declan Marren as Farm Profitability and Sustainability Manager. Declan is from in Tourlestrane, County Sligo and holds a degree in Agricultural Science from UCD. He joins Aurivo from the Irish Farmers Journal. Declan also…
May 31, 2023

Bloom Festival gets underway this weekend in the Phoenix Park

All roads lead to the Phoenix Park in Dublin this bank holiday weekend as Bloom is back. Improving air quality and tackling food waste are just some of the themes for this years festival. Bord Bia is expecting over one hundred thousand visitors over the bank…

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May 30, 2023

Mayo and Louth meet for just the second time in championship history this weekend

Mayo won their Round 1 game, beating Kerry; Louth lost to Cork. They meet in the championship for the first time since the 1950 All-Ireland final when Mayo won by 2-5 to 1-6. It’s the only championship game between the counties to date. The game will be LIVE…
May 30, 2023

Last night’s Mayo GAA results

Monday May 29 2023: U12 Spring League Group 8: Kiltimagh 3-9 Ballyhaunis 1-5 U14 League Division 1: Ballintubber 3-6 Westport 2-16 U14 League Division 2: Crossmolina Deel Rovers 3-13 Clár Chlainne Mhuiris U14 League Division 4: Carras 8-11 Kilmeena 4-8 U14…
May 29, 2023

Change of ref for Mayo v Louth

Noel Mooney from Cavan has been announced as the referee for Mayo v Louth on Sunday. It was orginally Brendan Cawley from Kildare that was appointed for the game but the GAA confirmed this evening that the Cavan official will now take charge of the contest.…
May 29, 2023

Mayo to meet Armagh and Laois in All Ireland grouping

The Mayo senior ladies' footballers have learned their opponents for this year's group stage of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship. Michael Moyles' side are pitted in Group A along with Armagh and Laois. Meanwhile, Donegal will join Meath and…
May 29, 2023

Mayo Women's Football League round up

Swinford exited the FAI Amateur Shield on Sunday afternoon. They hosted Usher Celtic in the second round of the competition and it turned out to be a hard fought, tight contest, with neither side conceding in the 90 minutes. When extra-time failed to produce…
May 29, 2023

Manulla are Mayo Under 17 Girls Cup champions

Manulla were crowned Mayo Under 17 Girls Cup champions at a sun-drenched Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon, with Claremorris winning the Shield title earlier in the day at Ballyvary Community Pitch. Kiltimagh Knock United provided the opposition in the cup…

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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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