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Dec 04, 2020

Six more deaths from Covid-19 with 265 new cases

The Department of Health has confirmed six further deaths from Covid-19 and 265 more cases. 84 of the cases are in Dublin, 28 in Louth, 27 in Limerick, 19 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 15 in Galway and the remaining 77 cases are spread across 18 other counties.…
Dec 04, 2020

Gardai in Achill warning motorists of dangerous driving conditions this evening

Gardai in Achill are advising motorists of hazardous driving conditions in the area this evening. A Met Éireann Status Yellow Wind Warning is in place for the whole country until 6am tomorrow. Gardai are urging motorists to watch out for wind-blown debris on…
Dec 04, 2020

Over 1200 ESB customers in Castlebar without power this evening

Over 1,200 households are without power in the Breaffy and Castlebar area this evening. ESB say that crews are currently working to repair the fault and hope to have power restored to all households by 8pm this evening.
Dec 04, 2020

N5 in Roscommon reopens after fatal collision

Gardai in Roscommon have launched a witness appeal after a woman was killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Strokestown this morning. Three cars collided on the N5, between Scramogue Cross and Tarmonbarry, at around 8am. One of the drivers, a woman in her 50s,…
Dec 04, 2020

Gardai in Sligo launch new operation to protect their coastlines from criminal activity

Gardai in Sligo and Leitrim have launched a new operation to protect their coastlines and waterways from criminal activity. Operation Dualgas aims to respond to drug and human trafficking, property crime and all other activity associated with organised crime.…
Dec 04, 2020

Additional masses at Knock Shrine next week to celebrate the Feast Day

The traditional all-night vigil will not take place on the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at Knock Shrine this year. Additional Masses will be held to celebrate the Feast Day. On Monday December 7th Mass times will be at 12pm, 3pm, 7.30pm…

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Dec 04, 2020

Connacht move up to second in Conference B of the PRO 14

Connacht have moved up to second in Conference B of the Guinness Pro 14. Captain for the night Paul Boyle scored a hat-trick of tries in a 31-points to 14 bonus point win over Benetton.
Dec 04, 2020

Tipperary name unchanged side to face Mayo on Sunday

David Power has named his Tipperary side to face Mayo in Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Football semi-final. The team is unchanged from their win over Cork. Tipperary: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, Jimmy Feehan, Colm O'Shaughnessy; Bill Maher, Kevin Fahey,…
Dec 04, 2020

GAA reveals its schedule for the final stages of their underage Championships

The GAA has revealed its schedule for the final stages of their underage championships. The final of the Bord Gais Energy under-20 Hurling Championship will be played on the 9th or 10th of January. The Electric Ireland Minor Hurling final will be played the…
Dec 04, 2020

Westport native signs for Galway United

Galway United have announced the signing of Westport's Ruairi Keating. The 25-year-old striker has had spells in the League of Ireland with Sligo Rovers, Finn Harps and Galway United, before moving to Torquay United in 2017. Keating spent three seasons at…
Dec 04, 2020

Connacht have the chance to move up to second in the PRO14 this evening

Connacht have the chance to move up to second in the Guinness PRO14 this evening. Andy Friend's side welcome winless Benetton to the Sportsground for a 7.35pm kick-off. Caolin Blade starts at scrum-half for the Westerners with Paul Boyle skippering the side…
Dec 04, 2020

Liam Gordon from Galway confirmed as referee for the Joe McDonagh Cup final

The GAA has confirmed the referees and match officials for the 2020 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior and Joe McDonagh Cup Finals with Fergal Horgan confirmed as the referee for the senior final, while Liam Gordon from Galway will officiate in the Joe McDonagh…

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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.

 

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