30 Nov 2023

Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan dies at 65

Tributes have poured in for the Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan, who has died at the age of 65, after being diagnosed with encephalitis. His unique mix of punk rock and Irish folk created some remarkable music, including his best known hit Fairytale of New York, which became a Christmas classic.

The Irish president Michael Higgins said MacGowan’s words had captured “the measure of our dreams” – connecting Irish people across the world to their history and culture.