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Jun 24, 2024

Castlebar again excels in IBAL litter survey as country cleans up

The first national litter survey of 2024 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows Castlebar is ‘cleaner than European norms’ in 6th spot in the ranking of 40 towns and cities. The study reveals an overall improvement in litter levels, and…
Jun 24, 2024

Formation of a Technical Group secured coveted positions for Mayo councillors not members of FF or FG

The formation of a Technical Group on Mayo County Council on Friday last resulted in a number of key positions as Chairs of Special Policy Committees (SPCs) on the authority and appointments onto the Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education Board were not secured, as…
Jun 24, 2024

Public in west Mayo urged to recycly batteries, electronic and electrical waste

West Mayo householders are being urged to bring their batteries, electrical, and electronic waste to a set of free collection days to help the county meet national e-waste recycling targets for 2024. The events, hosted by WEEE Ireland in partnership with Mayo…
Jun 24, 2024

Pilots invited to talks in the Aer Lingus Dispute

Aer Lingus management has invited pilots to talks ahead of a work-to-rule beginning on Wednesday. 244 flights have been cancelled because of the action that will also include a full work stoppage next Saturday. President of the Irish Airline Pilots…
Jun 24, 2024

Speculation mounts that Mayo Minister of State may take over as Finance Minister

The three coalition party leaders will discuss who is to become Ireland's next EU Commissioner today. The nomination to replace Mairead McGuinness will be made by Fianna Fail, with speculation its likely to be Finance Minister Michael McGrath. His appointment…
Jun 24, 2024

World cup footballer joins in the celebrations for Argentina Day in Foxford on Saturday last

On Saturday last Argentina Day was celebrated in Foxford . The event marked the 247th anniversary of the birth of Foxford native, Admiral William Brown, the founder of the Argentine navy. The links between the south American country, and Foxford and Ireland,…

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Jun 24, 2024

Mayo ladies in All Ireland U16 A semi final action this Thursday

Thursday June 27 2024: All-Ireland U16 semi-finals: A – Kerry v Mayo; Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, 7.30pm A – Cavan v Dublin; Kinnegad, 7.30pm B – Roscommon v Waterford; Gracefield GAA, Offaly, 7.30pm B – Armagh v Wexford; GAA NGDC, Abbotstown, 7.30pm C –…
Jun 24, 2024

This weekend's Mayo Football League results

Mayo Football League results: Saturday June 22: Elverys Sports Super League Round 11: Crossmolina 1-5 Ballina Town Ballyheane 4-1 Kiltimagh Knock United CastleCourt Hotel Premier League Round 11: Castlebar Celtic B 4-2 Ballyhaunis Town Straide & Foxford…
Jun 24, 2024

Galway ladies advance to last eight with seven goals against Laois

Galway 7-22 Laois 1-5 By Darren Kelly Galway are through to the TG4 All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals following this comfortable victory over Laois in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe. Olivia Divilly and Ailbhe Davoren got two goals each along with green flags for…
Jun 24, 2024

This weekend's Abbvie Mayo Senior Football League results

Abbvie Mayo GAA SFL Division 1A Fri, 21 Jun: Castlebar Mitchels Football 2-13 Knockmore 2-10 Sun, 23 Jun, Ballyhaunis 0-6 Ballinrobe 3-11 Breaffy 1-11 Charlestown Sarsfields 2-10 Belmullet 3-9 Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin 2-11 Davitts 2-5 Ballina Stephenites 1-14…
Jun 24, 2024

Ballinrobe racing returns this evening

There's racing in Ballinrobe this evening. The first of the 7 race card goes to post at 5:10pm.
Jun 24, 2024

All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter Finals Draw

Reigning champions Dublin will face Galway in this year's All-Ireland football quarter-finals. Kerry have been drawn to face Derry, in what is a repeat of their semi-final clash last year. The other ties will see Armagh play Roscommon and Donegal go up…

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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.