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Dec 04, 2020

Free customer Parking in Castlebar Town Centre Car Parks to come into effect from Tuesday

As agreed by the elected members at the November Castlebar Municipal District meeting, as an initiative to support traders in the run up to Christmas, there will free customer parking in the four Castlebar Town Centre car parks. These include Market Square…
Dec 04, 2020

Gardaí renew appeal into the disappearance of Mayo woman

Gardaí are renewing their appeal for information relating to Mayo woman Sandra Collins on the 20th anniversary of her disappearance. The last confirmed sighting of Sandra Collins was on the night of Monday the 4th of December 2000 at approximately 11pm at the…
Dec 04, 2020

Woman in her 50's dies following collision in Roscommon

A woman in her 50's has died following a three-vehicle collision in County Roscommon today. Gardaí and emergency services are currently at the scene of the fatal road traffic collision on the N5 at Stokestown, between Scramogue Cross and Tarmonbarry, Co.…
Dec 04, 2020

Status Yellow wind warning extended to the entire country

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for the entire country. Met Éireann says gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour are expected with a risk of coastal flooding. The warning is valid from 11am until 6am tomorrow morning.
Dec 04, 2020

Man arrested in South Mayo as part of national drugs haul

A man has been arrested in connection with a national drugs haul following a Garda operation in the South Mayo area yesterday. Ballina Gardaí assisted by members of the Divisional Drugs Taskforce conducted an intelligence lead operation. Gardaí detected a…
Dec 04, 2020

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash in Roscommon

Gardai and emergency services are attending the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the N5 Strokestown to Termonbarry road. Traffic is slow both ways on approach and very icy conditions have been reported in the area. Motorists are advised to take…

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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…
Dec 04, 2020

Galway ladies make one change for Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final

2019 runners-up Galway have been forced into one change for Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final against Cork. Fabienne Cooney’s red card from the nerve-jangling qualifier group victory over Monaghan, which secured Galway’s passage to the…
Dec 04, 2020

Former Kerry Star impressed with Mayo this season

All-Ireland winning former Kerry forward Darran O’Sullivan is impressed with Mayo so far this season. James Horan’s side overcame Leitrim, Roscommon and Galway on their way to a Connacht title and this Sunday face Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. The…
Dec 03, 2020

FAI forced to abandon national underage leagues following Government advice

The FAI were forced to dramatically put the brakes on a return for elite underage football. Matches involving under-13 to under-19 age grades looked set to resume this coming weekend. However, the FAI have been informed that government guidance has forced the…
Dec 03, 2020

Mayo Club Development Draws to take place on Saturday

Draws 3, 4, 5 & 6 of the Mayo Club Development Draw will take place this Saturday December 5th. All draws will be broadcast live on Midwest Radio's Saturday Mix Programme from 3pm. Tickets can still be purchased ahead of the draws on the Mayo GAA website.

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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.