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Susan Boyle bullied after doctor’s incorrect diagnosis


Singer Susan Boyle has revealed she was bullied as a child because doctors failed to correctly diagnose the illness that caused her mental health problems.

In an interview with the Observer, the Britain’s Got Talent finalist said: “It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid, I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label.”

The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York is voted the best Christmas song of all time


The Pogues’ and Kirsty MacColl’s ‘Fairytale of New York’ was voted as the best Christmas song of all-time by listeners of Magic Radio.

They finished ahead of classics such as Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You and Last Christmas by Wham.

Billy Connolly got punched defending Christy Moore


Billy Connolly has revealed he once took a few punches from a Navy submariner after a disagreement at a music gig.
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The comedian was watching his long term friend and Irish folk legend Christy Moore perform in Scotland during the 1980s, when a member of the audience started heckling the Planxty star.

Connolly told the story in an interview with Now TV magazine: “I went to see him play in Helensburgh in the Highlands during the 1980s and he’s singing some rebel song about the IRA playing on a drum or something like that.

“And there’s this big lad next to me with a beard, who just thought Christy was another folk singer, and he’s saying, ‘Rubbish, rubbish, get off the stage’.

“So I say, ‘Shut up, you, that’s nonsense’, and I took the pipe out of his mouth and stuck it in his beard.

When Christmas song caught the hearts of Irish emigrants


The Christmas song I’m Coming Home caught the hearts of Irish families and emigrants all across the world when it was released in 2013.

It was dedicated to all those Irish emigrants who had to leave home to find work abroad during the recent recession and, of course, over the last hundred years.

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Judy Collins on her love of Irish music


American folk legend Judy Collins has spoken about her love of Ireland and Irish music.

The singer recently released a ‘Live in Ireland’ DVD which was recorded at Dromoland Castle, Co Clare. The performance included renditions of classic Irish folk songs such as Wild Mountain Thyme and She Moved Thru the Fair.

The 81-year-old revealed to vindy.com that her team were careful to find a venue that created the right ambience. She said: “The insides of castles in Ireland often don’t look like Ireland, so we had to be able to turn it into something that looked Irish and was romantic and well-lighted. We went through a number of choices and settled on this one, and it was perfect.”