Shane MacGowan at his 60th birthday celebration at the National Concert Hall, in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Nick Cave, Bono, Sinéad O’Connor, a Sex Pistol and the President of Ireland are at the National Concert Hall for Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday. I lov(...)

 Shane MacGowan pictured backstage at the National Concert Hall  with President Michael D Higgins, Johnny Depp and Victoria Mary Clarke. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Some of Ireland’s best known politicians, musicians and artists are attending a tribute gala to the former Pogues singer Shane MacGowan who turned 60 (...)

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds performing on stage with Shane MacGowan in London, 1992. Photograph: Redferns

Few thought Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan would live until 40, let alone celebrate his 60th birthday. At 35, the Pogues fired him, as the band who ma(...)

Shane MacGowan performing on stage with The Pogues in Greenwich in 2011. Photograph:  Matt Kent/Redferns

Shane MacGowan will be celebrating his birthday at the National Concert Hall in January in fine style, with a galaxy of famous names lining up to toas(...)

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Bobby Gillespie: “In terms of looks, you can’t compete with younger bands.” Photograph: Sam Christmas

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Roland S Howard: an overlooked innovator

Making an objective assessment of a documentary on a musician one admires is a tricky business. Does it matter if the film – however well made (...)

Easygoing: Marty Morrissey celebrates with Clare hurlers Conor Ryan and Colin Ryan at September’s All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA has produced many unlikely heroes, seemingly ordinary men who have unexpectedly captured the public imagination through their feats in the spo(...)

We will fly them on the beaches . . .

Do you know what the German for rose is? It’s rose. Not half as interesting a Friday Fact as talkie-walkie being the French translation of “walkie-tal(...)