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Jun 07, 2023

Gardai appeal for assistance in tracing missing North Mayo woman

Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 38 year old Bernie Muldoon who is missing from her home in Ballina, Co. Mayo since Friday 2nd June, 2023.Bernie left Ballina on Friday to travel to Dublin and stayed overnight in…
Jun 07, 2023

Road currently closed at Lacken Cross following an accident

An Garda Síochána are currently at the scene of a road traffic collision that occurred just after 4:00PM this afternoon outside St Patrick’s School at Lacken Cross. No serious injuries have been reported, but the road is currently temporarily closed. An Garda…
Jun 07, 2023

Gardai appeal for assistance in locating missing Boyle teenager

Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 16 year old Mason O'Donoghue who was last seen on Bridge Street, Boyle on the evening of Saturday 3rd June 2023. It is believed that Mason got into a white Renault Kadjar car, with…
Jun 07, 2023

ISPCA says they are at 'crisis point'

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says its services are at crisis point and it badly needs donations. The charity has taken in almost 700 dogs in the first quarter of this year, and is having to rent kennels for extra space. It says…
Jun 07, 2023

Increase of grant payments from the Croi Conaithe scheme one of many commitments made today in an update to the country's national island policy

The first update in 27 years to the country's national island policy will be published later. 'Our Living Islands' aims to enhance life for islanders, and contains commitments around employment, healthcare and housing. One major inclusion in the policy is the…
Jun 07, 2023

, President of the institute of guidance councillors emphasises the importance of keeping a routine during the exams

Over 135,000 students have completed their first state exam this afternoon. For most, it was a first, as many of this year's Leaving Cert never sat a state exam before this morning. It's a time of stress for those sitting the exams and their families, and…

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Jun 07, 2023

Mayo minors face Monaghan LIVE on Midwest Radio this Saturday

Things are heating up this weekend as the All-Ireland minor football championship reaches the quarter finals stage. Fresh off their Connacht championship victory, Mayo head to Avant Money Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada this Saturday. Beaten Ulster finalists Monaghan…
Jun 07, 2023

Details for Galway's meeting with Armagh confirmed

Galway will face Armagh in their final round game in group two of the All Ireland SFC on Sunday June 18. Avant Money Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick on Shannon will be the venue for this one. Galway are top of the table and guaranteed a place in the last…
Jun 07, 2023

Roscommon and Sligo's final round venues confirmed

The GAA have confirmed fixture details for the final round of fixtures in group three of the All Ireland SFC. Table toppers Roscommon are up against Kildare who are in third place. Dublin are second and Sligo are in fourth place – both on the same points as…
Jun 07, 2023

Mayo girls to contest Gaynor Cup Trophy semi final tomorrow

Mayo completed their final group match on Tuesday afternoon facing Carlow and District. Fielding one of the youngest sides ever at this tournament the Mayo girls went ahead through a fine Grace Mulroy goal. Carlow's greater physicality showed as the game…
Jun 06, 2023

Venue, time & date confirmed for Mayo v Cork

Mayo's final group game with Cork will take place in Limerick on Sunday week. The game at the Gaelic Grounds will get underway at 2pm. There will be full live commentary on Midwest Radio with thanks to O'Halloran & O'Brien Construction in the UK.
Jun 06, 2023

Mayo, Galway and Roscommon players all in Football Team of the Week

Stephen Coen and Padraig O'Hora have been named in this week's GAA.ie Football Team of the Week. Galway's Cian Hernon is in at centre half back, while Enda Smith of Roscommon partners Galway's Peter Cooke in midfield. Niall Morgan, Michael McKiernan and…

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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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