Shane MacGowan, the lead singer for the Pogues, celebrates his birthday today

How fitting is it that Shane MacGowan, singer of one of Ireland's most popular Christmas songs, was born on Christmas Day?

Although widely regarded as an Irish singer, MacGowan was actually born in London to Irish parents.

"I was born in England, but only because I was born on Christmas Day," said MacGowan, whose full name is Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan.

"My parents lived in Ireland, but in 1957 they went over to visit my father’s eldest sister, and I ended up being born in a nearby maternity hospital, down in Kent."

"It’s a pain in the a*** being born on Christmas Day, so I celebrate it on Christmas Eve, if I celebrate it at all."

MacGowan spent the first few weeks of his life in England before being brought home to Co Tipperary.

In the 1960s, however, his parents moved the family back to England in search of work.

19-year-old Shane MacGowan (Getty)

19-year-old Shane MacGowan (Getty)

This year, MacGowan will celebrate his first birthday and Christmas as a married man. Earlier in 2018, he married Victoria Mary Clarke, his partner of more than three decades, in a ceremony in Copenhagen.

Shane and Victoria on their wedding day (Daily Mail)

Shane and Victoria on their wedding day (Daily Mail)

Sadly, this will be MacGowan's second Christmas and birthday without his beloved mother. In January 2017, 87-year-old Therese MacGowan became the first person in Ireland to be killed in a car accident for the new year.

Shane with his mother in 2003 (Getty)

Shane with his mother in 2003 (Getty)

As with any December in recent memory, Shane MacGowan's voice has been pumping out of radios around the world singing his famous 'Fairytale of New York' Christmas song.

This year, however, the song became hotly debated as some opposed the inclusion of the word 'f*ggot' in the Christmas tune.

MacGowan himself responded that the word 'faggot' was chosen to reflect the character of the person in the song, and was never meant to be derogatory to homosexuals.

Happy birthday, Shane!

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*Originally published in 2018. 

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