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Sep 20, 2021

1,154 Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

There has been a further 1,154 Covid-19 cases reported today. As of this morning, 297 patients were in hospital with the virus - down from 321 this day last week. 63 are in ICU - up five over the same period. Meanwhile the five-day moving average of Covid…
Sep 20, 2021

Gym manager welcomes return of indoor classes

From today, a number of Covid-19 restrictions regarding indoor and outdoor activities are being eased, while people have begun to return to the office for work. Indoor group activities such as sports, arts or dance classes can resume from today. Capacity is…
Sep 20, 2021

Fully-vaccinated EU passengers can fly to the US from November

The White House has confirmed plans for a major relaxation of America's travel ban on passengers from Europe and the UK. Fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel from early November. Non-US citizens have been effectively barred from travelling to the…
Sep 20, 2021

Mayo Coroner issues warning to people engaging in strenuous physical activity

The Coroner for Mayo has today issued a warning that anyone about to engage in strenuous physical activity such as climbing Croagh Patrick should be checked beforehand for any underlying medical conditions. Coroner Pat O’Connor made his comments at an inquest…
Sep 20, 2021

Housing Minister expects pyrite redress scheme to be improved

The Housing Minister says he expects the terms of the pyrite & mica redress scheme to be improved. Pressure is building on the Government to help homeowners impacted by the defective blocks, which cause walls to crack and crumble. Hundreds of homeowners in…
Sep 20, 2021

Pop-up Covid-19 test centre in Ballina this Wed & Thurs

A pop-up Covid-19 test centre will open in Ballina this Wednesday and Thursday. The HSE has confirmed that, with increased Covid levels in north Mayo, people who do not have symptoms of the virus but are concerned can book a free test. The pop-up test centre…

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Sep 20, 2021

Mayo's Andy Moran rubbishes Longford managerial position rumours

Former Mayo footballer Andy Moran has rubbished rumours that he is in line for the vacant Longford senior football manager position. It was reported last week that the 2017 footballer of the year was a frontrunner to take over from Padraic Davis, who spent…
Sep 20, 2021

Husband and wife duo represent Mayo at Cork '20' International Rally

John Warren and Ruthann O’Connor flew the Mayo flag at the O’Connell Group Cork ‘20’ International Rally on Sunday, the first Irish tarmac rally in some 18 months. After the day’s nine stages they finished a career best 8th place overall in the National…
Sep 19, 2021

Mayo GAA release end of Season statement

Mayo GAA would like to thank its players, team management, backroom staff and supporters for all of their efforts during the 2021 inter-county season. While the season did not end the way we would have liked we commend all our players & management for the…
Sep 19, 2021

Three local showjumpers enjoy success on the world stage

Irish Show Jumping riders have recorded an impressive run of results this weekend, with a string of wins across Europe and North America. Claremorris’ Cormac Hanley and RMF Chacco Top took third place for Ireland at the five-star fixture in Traverse City,…
Sep 19, 2021

Sunday's Mayo Football League results

Elverys Sports Super League - Round 8 Ballina Town 5-0 Manulla Claremorris 1-1 Swinford Ballyglass 2-2 Glenhest Rovers Castlecourt Hotel Premier League Westport Utd B 2-1 Iorras Aontaithe Fahy Rovers 2-2 Straide & Foxford Utd Kiltimagh Knock Utd 1-0 Conn…
Sep 19, 2021

Beibhinn Parsons to the fore as Ireland defeat Italy

Irelnd beat Italy 15-points-to-7 in their must-win Women's Rugby World Cup qualifier in Parma this afternoon. Galway’s Beibhinn Parsons and Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe scored the tries for Adam Griggs' side with Stacey Flood kicking the conversion as well as a…

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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.