'It captured what Christmas was like for a lot of people,' Shane McGowan's sister praises his most famous song

Shane McGowan "captured what Christmas was like for a lot of people" in his song ‘Fairytale of New York’, his sister Siobhan MacGowan has claimed.

The Pogues frontman passed away aged 65 on Thursday (30.11.23) after living with several health issues over the past few years. Shane had been diagnosed with viral encephalitis - a deadly infection that can cause brain damage and life-threatening complications - last year, and had been receiving care at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.

Now, his sibling Siobhan has shared her thoughts on her brother's festive classic - which The Pogues recorded with Kirsty MacColl and released in 1987 - and why she believes it has endured for over 30 years.

Speaking to Hot Press magazine, she said: "I thought it was absolutely amazing. What a song: the orchestration, the pathos, the beauty, the anger.

"I thought it captured what Christmas was like for a lot of people, which we all understood but nobody ever put in Christmas songs. I was very impressed that, finally, there was a Christmas song that maybe portrayed real life more than the other Christmas songs did.