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Jun 12, 2021

Over 400 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

Health officials have confirmed 431 new cases of covid-19 here. There are 58 people currently in hospital with the virus, of which 22 are in ICU. The Department of Health says the daily case numbers may change due to future data review and validation. The…
Jun 12, 2021

Gardaí locate man missing from Sligo Town

Gardaí have located a man who went missing from Sligo Town earlier this week. Gary Dalton from Annagry, Co. Donegal has been located safe and well. An Garda Síochána have thanked the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.
Jun 12, 2021

Six Kayaks stolen from Keem Adventure centre

Six Kayaks were stolen from Keem Adventure centre in Achill this week. The Kayaks went missing sometime between Tuesday and Thursday and are worth around three thousand euro. The outdoor pursuits company works weekends only throughout the month of June and…
Jun 12, 2021

Aer Lingus cancels all Stobart Air regional flights

All Aer Lingus regional flights operated by Stobart Air have been cancelled, after Stobart announced it's ceased trading. The company says a failed takeover and the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the decision. Aer Lingus says the…
Jun 12, 2021

Hottest day of the year expected this weekend

This weekend could see the hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures of up 26 degrees are expected tomorrow. Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather says it will be warm today but Sunday will be a scorcher:
Jun 12, 2021

Over 100,000 children await hospital treatment

Over 100,000 children are waiting for hospital treatment. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association says 40,000 are on lists longer than a year. It's warning a shortage of consultants across all paediatric specialties is restricting children from accessing…

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Jun 12, 2021

Dublin prove too strong for Mayo ladies

All-Ireland champions Dublin have beaten Mayo in their last four contest at the Gaelic Grounds. It finished Dublin 4-15 to 0-10 Mayo in their Division One Lidl Ladies football League semi-final. Dublin will now go on to face Cork, who beat Donegal by 5-10 to…
Jun 12, 2021

Victorious start for Mayo athlete at AAI Games and Combined Events Championships

There was success for Mayo's Michaela Walsh on Day One of the AAI Games and Combined events Championships. The Swinford AC athlete won the women's hammer throw with a score of 62.10. Second place went to Nicola Tuthill (Bandon A.C.) 61.46, while in third…
Jun 12, 2021

Mayo Camogie suffer league semi-final defeat to Cavan

Mayo suffered defeat to an experienced Cavan outfit in their Littlewoods Ireland Division 4 Camogie League semi-final. Jimmy Lyons players lost out by 3-12 to 0-7 at fulltime. They will now regroup before championship, in what was a very promising return to…
Jun 12, 2021

Second-half surge denies Mayo promotion to Division 2A

A second-half surge from Kildare's hurlers has denied Mayo promotion to Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League. The Lilywhites came from behind to run out 2:24 to 1:19 winners in Elvery's MacHale Park. Mayo led the Lilywhites by 1-14 to 1-9 at the break.…
Jun 12, 2021

Athenry Ladies Rounders are All-Ireland Intermediate Champions

Athenry Ladies Rounders club are All-Ireland Intermediate champions. They defeated Skryne GAA on a score of 15-10 this afternoon in Abbotstown. This is the clubs first ever intermediate title.
Jun 12, 2021

Mayo hurlers name team to face Kildare

Mayo manager Derek Walsh welcomes back his captain Keith Higgins for this winner takes all NHL game vs. Kildare at 2pm this afternoon in Elvery’s MacHale Park. Higgins is named at full forward with Tooreen's Cathal Freeman switching from centre back to centre…

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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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