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Pogues star Shane MacGowan’s Christmas income takes a substantial hit due to covid-19


Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan took a considerable financial hit last month due to the ongoing covid pandemic.

The star lost out on tens of thousands of euros that the classic Pogues and Kirstie MacColl song Fairytale of New York would usually earn in royalties over the Christmas period.

Duelling violinists create a stir on YouTube with 10 million views


A video of two duelling Irish violinists putting on a spectacular show has notched up 10 million views on YouTube, but has also created some heated debate as to whether it’s real or not.

Máiréad Nesbitt of Celtic Woman and Cora Smith are the talented musicians in question. The video is actually from a 2007 performance at Hyde Park in London.

Nesbitt and Smith put on an energetic display as they danced, jumped and ran around the stage as they played, to create the impression of a battle.

The spectacular show sent the thousands of fans into raptures, and the two ladies left the stage as heroes.

Sinéad O’Connor speaks about ending her feud with Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan


Sinéad O’Connor has spoken about her rivalry with fellow Irish star Dolores O’Riordan.

O’Connor clashed with the late Cranberries front woman during the 1990s but she said that the relationship between the two improved considerably by the time O’Riordan passed away.

Our readers give their verdict on Ed Sheeran’s Fairytale of New York


It takes a brave man to do a cover version of a classic like Fairytale of New York, especially as it’s a duet and you have to do it on your own. But Ed Sheeran has never been one to shirk a challenge.

The superstar singer has always loved the original version by the Pogues with Shane MacGowan and Kirstie MacColl on vocals.

Sir Tom Jones brings ‘lost Irish music’ back to life


Welsh music legend Sir Tom Jones is the first ever male singer to put his voice to recordings of some Irish music that was almost lost forever.

The Wexford Carols are hundreds of years old and had been lost to history until a group of talented singers and producers brought them back to life.

They have now been recorded by Irish singer Caitríona O’Leary with a host of guest stars from the UK and USA.

Sir Tom is delighted to be a part of the project. He told Wales Online: “I have heard of The Wexford Carols, but I had never actually heard one. I knew it was a traditional Irish music, so I knew it was going to be good; it’s Celtic music really.