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Jul 22, 2024

PennEngineering announce 70 new jobs at Galway City plant in Mervue

70 new jobs have been announced by PennEngineering at its Galway City plant in Mervue. €14 million is being invested by the company in this expansion which will see the positions filled over the next five years. A new building on site will be constructed as…
Jul 22, 2024

Status Yellow Blight Warning poses current risk to parts of Mayo

A Status Yellow Blight Warning has been issued by Met Éireann for the entire country. This warning will last until tomorrow morning and a detailed map shows that areas of the west of Ireland will be at high risk of infection. The national metrological service…
Jul 22, 2024

Woman who died in tragic drowning incident at Old Head Beach named locally as artist Cathy Hughes

The woman who died in a drowning incident at Old Head Beach in Louisburgh has been named locally. Cathy Hughes, who was aged in her 60s, grew up in Westport and had been living in Salthill in County Galway. Ms. Hughes was a regular visitor to both Louisburgh…
Jul 22, 2024

Ahead of Reek Sunday this coming weekend, we hear from Hollymount's Darren Forde about the different medical equipment now stored in cabinets on the holy mountain

Ahead of Reek Sunday this weekend, members of the public are being advised to be aware of new medical equipment that has been put in place in the eco powered cabinets located on the holy mountain. There are 3 cabinets on Croagh Patrick with each one holding a…
Jul 22, 2024

Ballyhaunis councillor calls for a review into the time bound policy in place in awarding medals of bravery to soldiers

A Ballyhaunis councillor has called for a review into the time bound policy that is currently in place in awarding medals of bravery to soldiers. Councillor Alma Gallagher made the call at the unveiling of a monument to honour the late Private Billy Kedian,…
Jul 22, 2024

Inquest hears that e-scooter fall did not cause death of man in his 50s in Castlebar last year

A fall from an e-scooter at Spencer Street, Castlebar, last December did not cause the death of a 52-year-old man who died later in Mayo University Hospital, an inquest heard today (Monday). A pathologist told an inquest hearing in Swinford that Thomas Coady,…

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Jul 22, 2024

Pauline Moran wins gold at National 10 mile

Mayo AC had five competitors in Sunday’s (July 21) National 10 Mile Championships in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The 9am race start meant it was another long day for West of Ireland runners. Over 600 club runners competed for individual, age category and team…
Jul 22, 2024

Liam Kerrigan could soon link up with World Cup winning former Man United defender

Tubbercurry’s Liam Kerrigan could shortly be sharing a dressing room with one of the most successful footballers of the current generation. Kerrigan plays for Como who recently gained promotion to the Serie A, Italy’s top flight, and has returned from a loan…
Jul 22, 2024

Success for Moy Valley AC this weekend as Clarke lands European silver

Moy Valley Athletic Club had a busy and successful Sunday across the country and indeed overseas. Seamus Clarke won silver at the European Under 18 Championships in Slovakia. This followed on from Keelan Kilrehill’s victory in the National 10 Mile…
Jul 22, 2024

Round 3 of the Helen Johnson Under 18 League takes place tonight

The Helen Johnson Under 18 League returns for action tonight. Nine games take place across all four divisions. Kick off for all is at 7:00pm, with the home team listed first in each case: Premier Division: Westport United v Claremorris Castlebar Celtic v Conn…
Jul 22, 2024

Castlebar Mitchels and Westport to meet in Abbvie Mayo Senior Football League Final

Castlebar Mitchels and Westport will contest the Abbvie Mayo Senior Football League Division 1 Final in two weeks. The game is due to take place on the weekend of August 3/4. Meanwhile, Ballyhaunis and Kilmeena have been relegated to Division 2 for the 2025…
Jul 22, 2024

Manulla to take on Straide & Foxford in this year's Rumley Cup final

Manulla and Straide & Foxford will contest this year's Rumley Cup final, with Westport United and Killala going head to head in the Mary Walsh Cup decider. In Manulla's semi-final clash with Swinford, blink and you would have missed the first two goals as…

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Jan 21, 2019
 Below is a copy of the Homily that Fr. Terence Harrington gave on the Sunday Morning…

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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.