Shane Mcgowan

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Corncrake: important place in literature has romanticised  the bird

At the Moscow Arts Theatre in 1903, director Constantin Stanislavski was preparing the premiere of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Offstage sounds(...)

Homesickness isn’t really about place. It’s about experiences. It’s a longing for memories of another time, memories that don’t yet exist, and now won’t ever exist. Photograph: iStock

There’s a particular kind of homesickness that only emigrants understand. It comes as you’re sitting on the beach at Manly or Freshwater on Christmas(...)

Sinead O’Connor smiles and waves at camera after performance of Nothing Compares 2 U on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show. Photograph: RTÉ Player

Sinéad O’Connor has described how she felt “at home” after reading the Koran and subsequently embracing the Muslim religion. The singer, who has retu(...)

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(...)

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