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Jan 23, 2021

Taoiseach says cutback in AstraZeneca vaccine deliveries is a 'worrying development'

The Taoiseach says AstraZeneca's announcement it's cutting back on its vaccine deliveries is a "worrying setback". The company says problems at a manufacturing site mean deliveries to the EU are being scaled back by 60 percent. It's reported the bloc will now…
Jan 23, 2021

INMO says Covid-19 infection rates are 'out of control' in hospitals

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation' says Covid-19 infection rates are "out of control" in hospitals. The union says almost 2,000 frontline healthcare staff have caught the virus in their workplace over a two week period. It's calling for stricter…
Jan 23, 2021

Snow/ice warning issued nationwide

A Status Yellow snow and ice warning is currently in effect across Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. The warning remains in effect until 6pm this evening, before a new warning is expanded to the entire country until midday tomorrow. Met Eireann…
Jan 23, 2021

Drop in Covid patients at hospitals across the region

1,846 people are now in hospital with Covid-19 - a slight reduction on the previous 24 hours. However the numbers in ICUs continues to rise, with 215 patients currently receiving critical care. The latest figures show 116 patients with the virus at Galway…
Jan 23, 2021

€22,000 allocated for a feasibility study to deliver a CREATE centre in Headford

Galway Rural Development has allocated over €22,000 towards a feasibility study to CREATE under the 2014 - 2020 Leader Programme. Cllr Mary Hoade Chairperson of the CREATE (Centre for Education, Arts, Technology and Enterprise) group and welcomes the…
Jan 23, 2021

Belmullet GP says reserve healthcare staff should be set up to deal with areas affected by Covid-19

Reserve teams of healthcare workers should be set up and put on standby to quickly deal with areas experiencing a major surge in Covid-19. That’s according to Belmullet GP Dr Fergal Ruane, who says more numbers in the area would be useful to reinforce the…

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Jan 23, 2021

Connacht ring in the changes ahead of their clash with Ospreys

Connacht captain Jarrad Butler returns for their Guinness Pro14 clash with the Ospreys. Coach Andy Friend makes seven changes to the side which lost narrowly to Munster last time out. Butler lines out in a back row which includes Paul Boyle and Conor Oliver.…
Jan 23, 2021

Oisin Mullin nominated for the RTE Young Sportsperson of the Year award

Mayo’s Oisin Mullin is in contention to win the RTÉ Sport 2020 Young Sportsperson of the Year award. The tenacious Kilmaine clubman is also one of three Mayo players nominated for young footballer of the year. Also nominated for the RTE award are Aaron Hill,…
Jan 23, 2021

Galway United sign Goalkeeper Conor Kearns

Galway United has announced the signing of Conor Kearns. The 22-year-old goalkeeper has completed a move to the Tribesmen after spells with UCD and St. Patrick's Athletic. The commanding netminder made his first team breakthrough with UCD in 2018 and he…
Jan 22, 2021

TG4 to show matches & highlights from AFLW with five players from Mayo in the league

TG4 have announced that the station will broadcast weekly matches and highlights from the upcoming Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) season. The NAB AFL Women’s Competition begins on the last weekend of January with fourteen teams battling it out over…
Jan 22, 2021

Curry native appointed new Sligo Minor manager

Sligo GAA have appointed Paul Henry as their new Minor manager. The Curry native who is in charge of the U16 team last year takes over the role from Darragh Fallon. Henry will be assisted by Tubbercurry’s Colm McGee, Coolera/Strandhill’s Enda Mitchell,…
Jan 22, 2021

Galway native included in Horse Sport Ireland's Olympic squad

Horse Sport Ireland’s Eventing High Performance Director Sally Corscadden has announced the updated Tokyo longlist squad and Tokyo 2020 potential squad for this year’s Olympic Games. The list includes Aoife Clark, Galway’s Cathal Daniels, Sarah Ennis, Padraig…

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Jan 21, 2019
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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.