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fiesta! Pogues legend Shane McGowan marks St Patrick’s Day with lyrics to his best party song

'We have the song of the chochona, we have brandy and half corona'


Shane's St Patrick's Day picture

Shane's St Patrick's Day picture

Shane's St Patrick's Day picture

Pogues legend Shane MacGowan has been getting into the St Patrick’s Day spirit by posting a picture of himself with a bowl of shamrock alongside lyrics to one of his greatest party songs.

He has written: “We have the song of the chochona, we have brandy and half corona” which is from the song ‘Fiesta’.

Fans joined in to wish Shane a “Happy St Patrick’s day," declaring him a legend and adding: “Hail glorious Shane MacGowan.”

“Looking great! Happy St Paddy's day," one said, while another added: “Loving the My Lovely Horse mug”, in other posts that featured numerous Irish tricolours and shamrock emojis.

Another lovely message was posted by Shane’s great pal, Imelda May, who wrote: “Big love to you my friend. I was thinking of you this morning as I belted out The Irish Rover in London Town," alongside a green heart.

The Dublin singer, who recently lost her beloved mum Madge, opened up about how "life isn't the same" without her.

She told Ray D’Arcy on RTE Radio One: "We just miss her like mad. We love her so much.

"Life is not the same without her and she was a very strong character and funny as hell and very loving. It’s just not the same.

"It’s my mammy. I always thought she would live forever. You don’t want them to ever go away. I just loved her so much."

However, Imelda explained how she isn't angry about her mum's passing as it was "the ideal death".

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She said: "I mean there is no unfairness in her death at all so it’s not like losing a child. There is no unfairness.

"She died at home, in her bed, surrounded by love. There is no anger in it with that. It is the way it should be.

"She had the ideal death if you like, the dream."

But she revealed that she struggled with guilt after her mum's passing.

She said: "One thing over the last while that I was able to reflect upon was the guilt of me being away and living away."

However, after reflecting on it, she realised she is happy she gave her mum some "excitement”.

The 47-year-old explained: "But I am glad that I was able to give them excitement because god knows my mam and dad loved excitement so I was able to bring them to gigs and give them the best seats in the house and put them up in a hotel.

"They were my entourage.

"I would bring them to my television shows… I loved seeing how much they loved it so I miss her greatly."

Last month, Shane celebrated his new documentary 'A Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan' with a party in the Light House Cinema in Smithfield.

The film, made by Julien Temple, dives into the life of Shane MacGowan, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Pogues, who famously combined traditional Irish music with the energy of punk rock.

The documentary features unseen archival footage from the band and his family.

Johnny Depp, former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, and Bono all feature in the documentary.

The event was attended by actors Johnny Depp and Robert Sheehan.

Meanwhile, Shane's new book, The Eternal Buzz and the Crock of Gold which is set to be released in April, will have a limited print of 1,000 copies.

Each copy comes with a £5,000 price tag which includes a handwritten note from Shane and a certificate of ownership.

The book is filled with art, photography and unpublished writings all curated by the former Pogues singer.

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