Shane MacGowan 1957-2023: A life in pictures

A selection of photographs capturing the talented singer’s celebrated music career and life

Shane MacGowan, whose death at the age of 65 was announced on November 30th, 2023, was best known as the frontman of The Pogues.

The band’s single Fairytale of New York became a Christmas staple in Ireland and the UK after its release in 1987, reaching the number one spot in Ireland – an achievement of which MacGowan was immensely proud.

The talented singer and songwriter was an inspirational figure, and the timeless essence of his songs and their preoccupation with the human experience mean they will resonate with generations to come.

Here are a selection of photographs capturing his music career and life.