This week's Late Late Show will feature a Christmas celebration of the seasonal classic, Fairytale of New York, with Shane MacGowan performing the song in studio.

The show will also pay tribute to MacGowan, who celebrates his 62 birthday on Christmas Day. Joined by friends and family, the legendary bard of Tipperary (via London) will perform a number of other songs too.

"What we Irish are very good at is making music, and next week it's our privilege to pay tribute to one of the very best, Shane MacGowan, musician, songwriter and front-man of The Pogues, " said Late Late host Ryan Tubridy.

"Shane and a host of stars will take to the stage to perform Fairytale of New York, as well as many other gems. In the lead up to Christmas on The Late Late Show, it promises to be a session like no other!"

Shane MacGowan: a fairytale of London

The imperishable ballad was the subject of an RTÉ documentary in Decmber 2017 when it was 30 years old. MacGowan recalled writing the song over the course of two years.

Christy Moore - who covered the song himself in fine style - Imelda May and Bob Geldof interpreted the significance of the song and how it impacted on them personally. Also appearing on the documentary was Paul Simon who said that Fairytale of New York was "like a one-act play, the language is exactly right."

Shane MacGowan