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The Pogues Honor Shane MacGowan with Special Release of “Fairytale of New York” Vinyl for Charity

The iconic Christmas tune “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues is set to hit the shelves soon in a special 7-inch vinyl release. All proceeds from the sales will be directed towards Dublin Simon Community, a charity strongly endorsed by Shane MacGowan and his widow, Victoria Mary Clarke.

As per the band’s statement, reported by NME, the release of the single aims to “celebrate the man himself” while also fundraising for the Dublin charity. The additional goal is to propel the single to the coveted No. 1 spot on the charts, a feat it has yet to achieve. The vinyl will feature “Fairytale of New York” on the A-side and an instrumental version on the B-side. Pre-orders for the record can be placed here, with £6 from each sale contributing to the charitable cause.

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Emma Kilkenny, the Head of Fundraising & Communications at Dublin Simon Community, expressed gratitude in a statement, saying, “We want to extend a huge thank you to The Pogues and Shane MacGowan’s family for their generosity in creating such a special legacy for Dublin Simon Community with this release. Music is a powerful and emotional gift that has the ability to uplift spirits and instill hope in people during their most challenging moments.”

She also shared, “We cherish the truly magical memory of Shane’s performance at the special Christmas Busk recorded in St Patrick’s Cathedral during the COVID lockdown. The Christmas Eve Busk holds a special place at the heart of Dublin Simon’s fundraising efforts, and Shane was always a warmly welcomed and truly amazing addition to this significant event.”

Shane MacGowan was recently laid to rest on December 8 following his passing from pneumonia on November 30. The streets of Dublin were filled with fans paying their respects in a fitting send-off. MacGowan’s renowned friends and former bandmates delivered speeches and performances at his funeral. Additionally, as revealed by an unnamed “former drinking partner,” MacGowan’s final request was to leave €10,000 behind the bar of The Thatched Cottage pub in Tipperary for his wake.

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