From top: Glen Hansard and Lisa O Neill perform ‘A Rainy Night in Soho’; Aiden Gillen (left) with Patrick Bergin, who performed a spoken word version of ‘The Old Main Drag; and Shane MacGowan with Philomena Begley after their rendition of ‘Fairytale of New York’
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A Long-overdue tribute to Shane MacGowan was punctuated by performances – some controversial – of Shane’s music by sleb fans.
Shane MacGowan on the occasion of his 60th birthday is celebrated by President Michael D. Higgins and a line-up that included Bono, Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Glen Hansard, Camille O’Sullivan, Johnny Depp, Sinéad O’Connor, Cerys Matthews, Carl Barat of The Libertines, Lisa O’Neill, Finbar Furey, Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols, Clem Burke of Blondie, Cáit O’Riordan, Spider Stacy, Jem Finer, Terry Woods of The Pogues, and more.
President Higgins presented Shane with a special Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the “power and poetry of his work and his singular contribution to Irish music”.
Shane MacGowan (centre) with children and officials from the Al-Helal soccer academy in Gaza currently on tour in ireland.
The footballers, aged from 10 to 14 years old, are staying and playing in Nenagh and will visit Dubliin, Limerick, Kinvara and Wexford over the coming days as guests [see link below] of Gaza Action Ireland.
Shane, whose parents came from Nenagh, is recovering from a recent illness.