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Shane McGowan had 'major influence on my life' says local man

Dec 1, 2023 16:46 By News Northern Sound
Shane McGowan had 'major influence on my life' says local man
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Co Monaghan man Eamon McCaughey met Shane a number of times and even travelled to America to see him perform.

A local man has said that the late Shane McGowan played a major role in his life down the years.

Tributes are continuing to pour in after the death of The Pogues frontman Shane McGowan. Co Monaghan man Eamon McCaughey met Shane a number of times and even travelled to America to see him perform.

He said the imagery of his lyrics were amazing and no else did it as good as Shane did according to the Clones native. Editor of Hot Press Niall Stokes says 'it's a watershed moment when you see a great like that passing away'.

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The 65 year-old who wrote Fairytale of New York died peacefully in the early hours of Thursday morning. Eamon says there won't be another person like him and he's a real loss to the world.

Born on Christmas Day in 1957 he will always be remembered with one of the most popular Christmas songs in history. He was the son of Irish immigrants - his father from Dublin and his mother from Tipperary.
He was known for his drinking habits over the years but he gave his own take on it on the Late Late Show in the year 2000. His father Maurice paid tribute to him during the same interview.

He spent most of his career with The Pogues but was kicked out of the band - he then started a new band called Shane MacGowan and The Popes.

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But within 10 years - he was back with the Pogues. Shane MacGowan is survived by his wife Victoria Mary Clarke who he married in 2018.

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