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Mar 03, 2024

New poll shows half of people surveyed have no confidence in Media Minister's handling of RTE controversies

Half of people have no confidence in the Media Minister's handling of the RTE controversies. That's the finding of a new Sunday Independent poll out today, which also shows Sinn Fein's popularity has shrunk. The latest Sunday Independent Ireland Thinks poll…
Mar 03, 2024

President Michael D. Higgins expected back in Aras an Uachtaran early next week

President Michael D. Higgins is expected back in Aras an Uachtaran early this week. He was taken by ambulance to St James' Hospital on Thursday as a precaution and has remained there since to monitor his blood pressure. The Aras has confirmed that the…
Mar 03, 2024

Five crew members rescued by Coast Guard after fishing vessel gets into difficulty off Inis Mór

Shortly before 5am this morning Valentia Coast Guard received an emergency call from a 21-metre fishing vessel reporting that it was aground on the northern side of Inis Mór, on the Aran Islands. Shannon-based Coast Guard Helicopter R115, Aran Islands…
Mar 03, 2024

Investigations continue into attack at children's boxing event in Roscommon

A machete attack which seriously injured a man, at a children's boxing event in Roscommon, is NOT a reflection of the sport. That's the claim from boxing supporters this weekend, as Gardai ­ search for a group of masked men who stormed the u14's contest in…
Mar 02, 2024

Three men arrested for organised crime related offences following searches in Roscommon & Cork

Gardaí in Cork County have this morning arrested three males for organised crime related offences. The males (in their 30s and 40s) are currently detained in Garda Stations in Cork under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007. This morning investigating…
Mar 02, 2024

Another Status Yellow Ice Warning issued for this evening

Another status yellow ice warning has been issued for this evening at eight o'clock. It lasts until tomorrow morning at 9 - but as of now, all other warnings have elapsed. Motorists are still being advised to take care today, as ice is lingering on some…

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Mar 02, 2024

Mayo back to winning ways with six point success over Roscommon

The Mayo senior footballers are up to second in the Allianz National League Division One table after a six point win over Roscommon this evening. Kevin McStay’s side bounced back with a better performance this time out, after losing back to back league games.…
Mar 02, 2024

Big home win for Connacht over Scarlets in URC

Connacht have taken a huge step up the BKT United Rugby Championship table. Pete Wilkins’ side were 26-10 winners over Scarlets at the Dexcom Stadium. Caolin Blade was the opening try scorer, while Eoin De Buitléar crossed over on his first start. JJ Hanrahan…
Mar 02, 2024

Important two point win for Mayo ladies against Cork

Mayo 0-9 Cork 0-7 By ANTHONY NEWMAN Mayo picked up vital points in this Lidl NFL Division 1 clash with Cork at the 4G pitch at SuperValu Páirc Ui Chaoimh. The game was originally scheduled for Mallow but that pitch was unplayable so had to be moved to the 4G…
Mar 02, 2024

Mayo claim first victory of camogie league season

The Mayo senior camogie side have got their first win of the Very Camogie League Division Four for this season. After a tough defeat to a strong Tyrone last weekend, Colum O'Meara's side welcomed Louth to Adrian Freeman Park in Tooreen this afternoon. Mayo…
Mar 02, 2024

Change of time and venue for Mayo v Cork in Lidl Ladies NFL Division One

The Mayo ladies game against Cork scheduled for this afternoon will now be played later today. The venue has also changed for the game and will go ahead on the Páirc Uí Chaoimh 4G pitch at 5:30pm, instead of Mallow at 2:30pm. Mayo manager Liam McHale has…
Mar 02, 2024

Five Ballinrobe players involved in All-Ireland Handball semi-finals in Croke Park today

The All-Ireland Handball Championship semi-finals are taking place in Croke Park today. Five players from Ballinrobe and one from Bofield involved in the Doubles. Martin McAndrew & Tom Malone Tom Sweeney & John Coyne Seamus Hughes & Joe Cummins…

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Apr 02, 2019
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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.