Shane MacGowan has thanked people for their support after his mother Therese was killed in a car crash in Tipperary on New Year's Day.

The 87-year-old died when the car she was driving struck a wall near Silvermines shortly before 3pm. It's suspected that she suffered a heart attack while driving alone.

Her son, Shane, was lead singer and chief songwriter of The Pogues. He was 59 on Christmas Day.

His partner, Victoria Mary Clarke, took to Twitter on Monday evening to thank people for their support since news of his mother's death broke last night.

"Shane MacGowan would like to say thank you and God bless to all the people who are offering kind words and condolences," she wrote. "It means a lot."

Ms MacGowan lived in the locality, and local Labour TD Alan Kelly has described Mrs MacGowan's death as a terrible tragedy.

"Along with her husband, they are held in high regard with great affection," he said. "She will be sorely missed by all the people in Silvermines and surrounds."

Therese, who was a traditional singer and dancer, hailed from County Tipperary while her husband, Maurice MacGowan is a Dubliner. 

The Pogues frontman was born in Pembury, Kent in 1957 when the couple were living in England, and spent his early childhood in Tipperary before his family moved back to England when he was six and a half. He lived in Brighton and London and formed his best-known band, the Pogues in 1982.  

The singer saluted his heart-felt love and deep appreciation for Tipperary in the lyrics of The Pogues song, The Broad Majestic Shannon. The singer also has a sister, Siobhán.