Shane Mcgowan

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Mr What’s triumphant homecoming in 1958

The fact that it’s a small world has long been proven. That Ireland is a tiny part of it, where everyone has some connection with everyone else, is we(...)

Shane MacGowan and the Popes at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, 2003. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

Let’s try an experiment. I’ll write a piece suggesting I’m sick of looking at beards. There was a time when only sailors, mountaineers and Rolf Harris(...)

A screen shot from the official video of Fairytale of New York.

Shane MacGowan has pointed out that the characters which appear in songs or stories are not always “angels” and sometimes it is necessary to make them(...)

Shane McGowan:  The Pogues’ Fairytale is now 30 years old. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I had forgotten the singer Dan Fogelberg was no longer with us until noticing that today is the 10th anniversary of his premature death. But on a happ(...)

The funeral of Frank Murray  at Mount Argus, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The late music manager Frank Murray joined “the great rock and roll, roll call of 2016”, his daughter Shannon told his funeral Mass on Tuesday. “Awe(...)

Frank Murray, who managed the Pogues for many years, has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 66. He always claimed it was his suggestion t(...)

Sake tasting at the Japanese ambassador’s residence brings thoughts of Gulliver

I embarked on a voyage into darkest south county Dublin the other night, on a potentially dangerous mission. It involved first a bike trip to St Steph(...)

Paul O’Connell in action for Ireland against Scotland in the Six nations game at Murrayfield in March 2015. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Like many millions of golf fans, Paul O’Connell watched the Ryder Cup last weekend. But for him the view was slightly different. “We were down on the(...)

‘Ma spoke about a lovely new song and how she thought of me every time she heard it. Little did we know that for the next 20 Christmases she would be listening to the Pogues while preparing for my annual visit.’

All eyes were fixed on the bend the train would take from Dalkey. Mine flicked from the tangled weeds and bushes lining the tracks, to the ivy-clad wa(...)

Johnny Eagle, tattooing pioneer. Photograph: Ulster Ink

“Imagine heaven and hell are trains, smash them both together and colour it all in ink”. This was how one former employee of tattoo artist Johnny Eagl(...)

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