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Jan 22, 2022

Over 10,000 Covid-19 cases confirmed

The Department of Health has confirmed a further 6,689 cases of Covid 19 through PCR tests - while a further 3,911 people registered a positive antigen test online. The number of Covid patients being treated for Covid 19 in ICU has fallen to its lowest level…
Jan 22, 2022

Galway publican says lifting of restrictions takes huge workload off hospitality sector

The Chair of the Galway Vintners has welcomed the easing of restrictions as ‘fantastic news for everyone in rural Ireland’. Joe Sheridan of Walsh’ Bar in Dunmore says it’s time for businesses and society to repair and get back to a new normal. The Fianna Fail…
Jan 22, 2022

Mayo disability rights activist says easing of restrictions sparks concern for cocooners

A Mayo-based disability rights activist is advising that the easing of restrictions will be met with concern from some cohorts. Achill woman Catherine Gallagher says that those with compromised immune systems and other underlying conditions still face a…
Jan 22, 2022

Two taken to hospital following South Mayo crash

Two people were taken to hospital following a three vehicle road traffic collision in South Mayo this morning. Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of the crash on the N84 between Kilmaine and Ballinrobe. The incident occurred just outside…
Jan 22, 2022

New millionaire in Galway following special Euromillions raffle

Three people in Ireland have become millionaires following last night’s special Euromillions raffle draw. One was sold in Galway while two of the winning tickets were sold in Cork. The draw guaranteed 100 players across Europe would each win one of the…
Jan 22, 2022

N84 closed in South Mayo following three vehicle crash

Gardaí and emergency services are currently at the scene of a three vehicle road traffic collision on the N84 between Kilmaine and Ballinrobe. The incident occurred just outside Kilmaine in the Ballymartin area at around 10:55am this morning. Fire and…

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Jan 22, 2022

Roscommon crowned Connacht Hurling League Champions

Connacht Hurling League Final Roscommon 2-27 Sligo 1-21
Jan 22, 2022

Teams named for Connacht Hurling League final

The Sligo and Roscommon senior hurling teams for the Connacht GAA pre-season hurling final in the Air Dome at 6.00 this evening are as follows.
Jan 22, 2022

Galway get back to winning ways in the Walsh Cup

Wexford advanced to the final of the Walsh Cup final after an entertaining 2-25 to 2-25 draw with Kilkenny at Wexford Park.The hosts advancing on the merit of their better score difference.While Galway had six points to spare over Antrim in the other semi,…
Jan 22, 2022

Castlebar Mitchels LGFA through to All-Ireland IFC final

Current Account.ie All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Semi-final Castlebar Mitchels 3-07 Castleisland Desmonds 2-07
Jan 22, 2022

Leitrim are the Connacht Hurling Shield Champions

Connacht Hurling Shield Final Mayo 0-24 2-24 Leitrim 
Jan 22, 2022

Galway name team for Walsh Cup clash with Antrim

The first of this year's Walsh Cup finalists will be decided this afternoon, with the winners of Wexford and Kilkenny topping Group B. Galway will look to preserve their final hopes in Group A when they play Antrim. Henry Shefflin's men line out as follows:

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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.