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Shane MacGowan funeral: Huge crowds and celebrities expected in Dublin and Tipperary for procession

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Shane MacGowan was born to Irish parents on Christmas Day in 1957 in Pembury, Kent, and he soon moved to rural Tipperary. 

It was there where he was immersed in a culture of ceili bands and showbands.

In the early 1980s, he cofounded The Pogues as the lead singer and his success started there.

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the trailblazing band had several hits including Dirty Old Town, The Irish Rover, A Pair Of Brown Eyes and A Rainy Night In Soho.

He was a punk rebel, almost as famous for his drinking and drug taking – and for the toll it took on his teeth – as he was for his music.

However, he will forever be best known for the hit festive song Fairytale Of New York. 

He had been unwell in recent years, receiving treatment in hospital for encephalitis in December last year, and spending time in intensive care in the summer.

MacGowan had also used a wheelchair since 2015 following several falls, breaking his pelvis and then his right knee.

He died “peacefully” at 3am on 30 November at the age of 65 with his wife and family by his side, a statement from his relatives said.

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