Little Green Cars

FRIDAY Little Green Cars Whelan’s, Dublin 8pm €23 whelanslive.com The difference three years can make: Irish band Little Green Cars have been put t(...)

When your birthday falls on Christmas Day, you may be shortchanged in the presents (and cake) department. Photograph: Thinkstock

What’s it like being born on Christmas Day? As you feverishly open your presents, spare a thought for those poor, forgotten children who have to shar(...)

Patrick Freyne and his wife and cowriter, Anna Carey. “Do not tell people that this was originally a song about our cat,” Anna says. “They’ll think we’re creepy and mad”

[Listen to all the entrants in the Christmas FM Festive song competition and vote for your favourite here] In July my colleague Ronan McGreevy sugg(...)

Shane MacGowan of The Pogues performs on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park in 2014. Photograph:  Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Shane MacGowan, 57-year-old lead singer of the Pogues, is recovering from a broken pelvis after a fall. The incident was revealed by the his pa(...)

Where has 2013 gone? Hasn’t the year flown in? Suddenly, it’s December. Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl are singing to us at every shop corner about(...)

Phil Chevron’s  funeral procession left the Mansion House to the sound of his own version of Thousands Are Sailing, which became a Pogues classic and is recognised as one of the finest songs about Irish emigration. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Pogues and Radiators from Space star Phil Chevron’s funeral service - or his “grand finale” as his sister called it - was bookended today by his two b(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

The Rocha family

To me, Ireland is home, and home is where the heart is. It is where I am from and I am proud of that. My dad is from Hong Kong, but I was born in Moun(...)