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Feb 24, 2021

56 further deaths from Covid-19 with 574 new cases

56 additional covid deaths, including a 16 year old, have been confirmed and 574 new cases. 175 cases are in Dublin, 57 in Limerick, 43 in Kildare, 37 in Galway, 35 in Meath and the remaining 227 cases are spread across 18 other counties. Elsewhere, there are…
Feb 24, 2021

Mayo North Tourism says there needs to be a clear path for reopening

The hospitality & tourism sector has expressed disappointment that last night's Living with Covid announcement from the Taoiseach did not include a clear path to reopening for the hard-hit sector. There are currently around 150,000 people from the hospitality…
Feb 24, 2021

HSE Service plan sees increase of 3.5 billion euro on last year

The HSE's released details of how it will spend it's more than 20 billion euro budget this year, an increase of 3.5 billion euro on last year. 1.68 billion euro of the additional spending relates to Covid 19. The National Service Plan provides for an addition…
Feb 24, 2021

Mayo Deputy frustrated at delay in addressing shortage of Green Cert places

A Mayo Deputy has again called for Green Cert courses to be provided for farmers. Erris based Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway-Walsh says there is a real problem with the part-time online courses and there is a lot of people across Mayo impacted. She says Teagasc…
Feb 24, 2021

Ballina principal looks forward to schools reopening next week for junior students

In five days time, children from junior infants up to and including 2nd class will return to school, as will Leaving Certs in secondary schools across the region. 5th year students in secondary and all other primary school students will return 2 weeks later…
Feb 24, 2021

No joy for family carers on the vaccine front, despite change to priority list

Health officials are acknowledging there's been some disappointment with the new vaccine prioritisation list. People with 'very high risk' conditions are being moved up the list but those with 'high risk' conditions aren't. There's also no change for family…

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Feb 24, 2021

Breaffy GAA confirm new Senior Manager

Martin McIntyre has been confirmed as the new Breaffy Senior Football manager. The Belmullet native takes over from Peter Forde who brought the West Mayo side to the 2020 County Final. McIntyre who lives In Breaffy comes with a wealth of experience and also…
Feb 24, 2021

GAA seeking further clarity from Government regarding return to play

The GAA are seeking further clarity from the government regarding a return to play. The association says it will be Easter at the earliest before any inter-county action is possible. The GAA say the government's Living with COVID roadmap makes it impossible…
Feb 24, 2021

All amateur riders to miss next month's Cheltenham Festival

All amateur riders are to miss next month’s Cheltenham Festival. Leading names Patrick Mullins and Jamie Codd are among those ruled out. It’s been confirmed that British Covid protocols rule them out at least until the end of March. Mike Vince has more…
Feb 24, 2021

Connacht drop into the last 16 of the Challenge Cup

Munster and Leinster have been given home draws for the last-16 of this season's rearranged Heineken Champions Cup. They've been given home advantage based on results in the curtailed pool stage. Both Ulster and Connacht drop into the Challenge Cup. Draws for…
Feb 24, 2021

Swinford/Killasser LGFA to participate in "One Good Club" Programme

The 25 clubs who will participate in Lidl Ireland’s new One Good Club™ mental health awareness programme will commence their activities next Monday, March 1st. Lid’s One Good Club™ is a five-step youth mental health awareness programme for local clubs,…
Feb 24, 2021

Sligo Rovers attacker signs for Dundalk FC

Dundalk have announced the signing of former Derry City attacker Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. The 26-year-old Londoner scored 14 goals for the Candystripes in 2019 to finish top of the Premier Division scoring charts. After a brief spell in Israel at the beginning of…

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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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