Shane Macgowan

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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(...)

Angela’s Ashes, the animation

Is there a trick to cooking Christmas dinner in minutes rather than slaving over a chopping board and a hot oven for hours? Order it from a deli or su(...)

Kesha: the $ in her name seems to have gone walkabout lately. Photograph: AFP/Angela Weissange

SÉAMUS FOGARTY Short Ballad for a Long Man Domino HHHH “As a young man I was never one for sitting still at school / When I went to London Town I was(...)

John Connors in Cardboard Gangsters

“I can’t watch my own films,” says Mark O’Connor. “All I can see are mistakes.” He winces and blushes at the very idea: “Flaws everywhere. Just… no.” (...)

Singer Shane MacGowan with his mother Therese in 2003. Photograph: ShowBizIreland.com/Getty Images

Singer-songwriter Shane MacGowan has thanked people for the “kind words and condolences” received in the wake of his mother’s death. Therese MacGowan(...)

Paul McCartney and John Lennon of the Beatles: after the break-up of the band, Lennon and McCartney turned to Ireland for source material, with the Troubles being the catalyst

British pop music has been celebrated around the world for decades and rightly so.  Rather less attention has been paid to an almost invisible s(...)

Jeff Buckley backstage at Trinity Ball

From The Smiths at Dundalk’s Fairways Hotel to Nirvana playing the Top Hat in Dún Laoghaire and David Bowie in the Baggot Inn, there are some concert(...)

A dejected Katie Taylor after losing her lightweight quarter-final to Finland’s Mira Potkonen in Rio. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Bray fighter looks paler than gold after it is over. She carries a thin mark above her lip and her dark eyes are searching. Ireland has become bli(...)

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(...)

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