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'i love you' Shane McGowan pays tribute to old pal Sinead O'Connor with photo throwback

"She's a generous soul. She looked after me when I really needed it."

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Shane MacGowan pictured on The Late Late Show Shane MacGowan and Fairytale of New York special in 2019. Picture: Andres Poveda

Shane MacGowan pictured on The Late Late Show Shane MacGowan and Fairytale of New York special in 2019. Picture: Andres Poveda

Shane MacGowan pictured on The Late Late Show Shane MacGowan and Fairytale of New York special in 2019. Picture: Andres Poveda

Shane McGowan has paid a heartfelt tribute to his old pal Sinead O’Connor who, he says, he loves.

The Pogues singer quoted lyrics from one of his band’s most popular songs ‘Rainy Night In Soho’ as he declared “Sinead I love you”.

“I've been loving you a long time..Down all the years, down all the days..And I've cried for all your troubles…Smiled at your funny little ways..Sinead I love you..’

Sinead and Shane go back a long way and preformed together on the song ‘Haunted’ that Shane wrote for the soundtrack to the 1986 film ‘Sid and Nancy’.

Originally performed by The Pogues, Sinéad and Shane recorded their version of the song in 1992 and it was released as a single in 1995.

“She’s a generous soul,” Shane said about Sinead recently. “She looked after me when I really needed it.”

In March Shane provided fans with a positive update as he recovered at home after suffering a painful fall.

The iconic singer was left in a bad way after suffering a shattered knee.

Taking to his official Instagram page, the 63-year-old shared a picture of himself smiling alongside a classic line of lyrics from his days with The Pogues.

Sporting an angels scarf knitted by his wife and journalist Victoria Mary Clarke, MacGowan’s heart-warming snap was accompanied by a couple of lines from Streets of London.

He wrote: “’May the angels bright, watch you tonight, and keep you while you sleep’ - Lullaby of London”.

Sinead, meanwhile, has been revealing how she was thrown out of three schools in nine months because she kept getting caught stealing before being sent to a reformatory.

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In extracts from her new book, the singer described how she used to busk in Dublin and was inspired to start a career in music after the Fureys performed at her school.

In an extract from her memoir Rememberings published in the Irish Times, she said: "I’ve actually been thrown out of, like, three schools in the past nine months.

"And I still keep getting caught stealing. If a thing ain’t nailed down, I’m stealing it. I don’t even know why."

She described stealing outfits for her friends because she was a fast sprinter, she would just put the clothes on in the shops and run.

O'Connor also told of being sent to An Grianán, a reformatory she described as a "grey place where loads of nuns live".

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