Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan review – a sombre salute

December 4, 2020

This full-length profile of the former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan emerges just as the annual debate over the lyrics of his biggest hit, Fairytale of New York, gets into full swing. While the controversy is not specifically addressed here, you have to wonder how the defund-the-BBC types will react to MacGowan’s enthusiastic endorsement of Irish […]

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Julia O’Faolain obituary

November 17, 2020

The writing of Julia O’Faolain, who has died aged 88, reflected a cosmopolitan life and impressively well-stocked mind. Her novels are set in France, California, Italy, as well as Ireland – an international scope that marks her as unusual among the Irish novelists of her brilliant generation – which includes John McGahern, Edna O’Brien and […]

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