Victoria Mary Clarke

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Victoria Mary Clarke
Born (1966-01-11) 11 January 1966 (age 54)
Dublin, Ireland
OccupationWriter, journalist
Notable worksA Drink with Shane MacGowan,
Angel in Disguise?
SpouseShane MacGowan

Victoria Mary Clarke (born 11 January 1966) is an Irish journalist and writer.


Clarke grew up in the countryside in Ireland.[1] Her mother was born in Herbert Park,[2] and went on to fall pregnant with her when she was nineteen years of age. She was abandoned by her father when she was a young baby.[1]

She is also known for her long-term relationship with singer-songwriter Shane MacGowan, whom she met at sixteen, almost a decade his junior.[1] She wrote the biography, A Drink with Shane MacGowan.[3][2] They do not allow celebrities or journalists to frequent their house but Sinéad O'Connor has previously visited them.[2] After an 11-year engagement, they married in November 2018 in Copenhagen.[4]

Like MacGowan, she is a fan of literature and music.[2] She is also a yoga enthusiast.[5] She believes in angels and speaks to them on a regular basis.[6]


Clarke has written for numerous newspapers and magazines.[7][1]=

She is the author of Angel in Disguise?.[5]

Popular culture[edit]

In 2007, she appeared on Celebrities Go Wild, an RTÉ reality television show in which eight celebrities had to fend for themselves in rural Connemara.[8]

In December 2009, Clarke and McGowan appeared together on the RTÉ One reality television special Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own in which they attempted to tend to their own vegetables at an allotment in Dublin.[9][10][11][12]

Clarke appeared on The Late Late Show with MacGowan on 26 February 2010 to discuss their single for the 2010 Haiti earthquake relief effort.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c d Victoria Mary Clarke (17 January 2009). "Looking for a father figure". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "At home with: Victoria Mary Clarke". Hot Press. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  3. ^ Ian Penman (14 April 2001). "The sound and the fury". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  4. ^ Murphy, Greg (26 November 2018). "Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke tie the knot in Copenhagen". The Irish Examiner. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b Mary McCarthy (31 July 2007). "Angel in Disguise? by Victoria Mary Clarke". RTÉ. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  6. ^ Hilary Fannin (12 December 2009). "Shooting the sheriff". The Irish Times. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  7. ^ Victoria Mary Clarke (22 November 2009). "'I am used to Shane being unpredictable, he has disappeared before, in worse places. I console myself with Ozzy's autobiography'". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Celebrities". Celebrities Go Wild. Raidió Teilifís Éireann.
  9. ^ "Shane MacGowan to grow his own vegetables on reality TV programme". NME. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  10. ^ "Homegrown for Shane". The Irish Times. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2009. Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own is said to echo 1970s sitcom The Good Life, and follows the pair as they attempt to live on homegrown produce – apparently not very successfully.
  11. ^ "Is Shane MacGowan the new Monty Don?". The Guardian. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  12. ^ Pat Stacey (9 December 2009). "Loads of manure and very little else". Evening Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  13. ^ "Late Late Show guests are revealed". RTÉ. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  14. ^ "MacGowan and Clarke Lead Late Late Charge". Hot Press. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010.

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