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Still a Fairytale after 25 years, no thanks to Ronan

Published 15/12/2012 | 05:00

IT'S hard to believe 25 Christmases have come and gone since Shane MacGowan first serenaded Kirsty MacColl from the drunk tank in 'Fairytale Of New York'.

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Regularly voted the greatest Christmas song of them all with over 15 million combined views on YouTube the Pogues classic shoots up the charts at roughly the same time every December – it has been re-released this year to celebrate it's anniversary – as Santa Claus is preparing to shoot down the chimney. Not that there's any mention of our white-bearded friend and red-nosed Rudolf in 'Fairytale'.

If our friend from the North Pole did suddenly appear inside the prison cell, you can imagine what the response from MacGowan's sozzled narrator might be: "Screw you, and the reindeer you rode in on."

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