Viewers were impressed tonight as the Late Late Show opened with a tribute to the late Shane MacGowan.

The musical legend sadly passed away yesterday and the programme began with a rendition of A Rainy Night in Soho.

It went on to show a collection of moments from his extraordinary life.

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"Very poignant opening to dedicate to Shane MacGowan. Glen Hansard has a nice solid voice," wrote one viewer.

"Well that’s a brilliant opening to the #LateLateShow and a fantastic tribute to #ShaneMcGowan," another praised.

A third wrote: "Absolutely stunning start and tribute to Shane MacGowan with Rainy Night In Soho."

"Great start to the #LateLateshow tonight , Well done @PatricKielty," wrote another.

"Gorgeous tribute to #ShaneMacGowan on @RTELateLateShow - what a genius he was," a fifth wrote.

Host Patrick Kielty then gathered a number of people to tell stories and share memories of Shane.

His Pogues bandmate Terry Woods pointed out one of the things that made Shane and his music so unique.

"One of the things about Shaun that really got me was that he was an immigrant," said Terry. "And his music reflected the immigrants in a huge way.

"A lot of his ideas musically were kind of vague memories of things he had heard years ago, maybe at home or when he was visiting Ireland. And he wasn't disrespectful of Irish music in any way, but he was able for me to make the cultural connection. That was why I joined The Pogues in the first place. I had never played Irish music that way."

Camille O'Sullivan also reflected on her experience of Shane's music.

"I had been given a mixtape when I was in school, and the two songs that I forever remember from it are A Pair of Brown Eyes and A Rainy Night in Soho," she said. "There was something about these guys, the anarchy was something off the charts."

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