Shane MacGowan and the Pogues were 'important to the fabric of Ireland', Ciara Kelly has said.
Born on Christmas Day in 1957, The Pogues frontman will always be remembered for co-writing one of the most popular Christmas songs in history, Fairytale of New York.
Other hits included A Pair of Brown Eyes and A Rainy Night in Soho.
Born in the UK to a mother from Tipperary and a father from Dublin, MacGowan joined the band that would become The Pogues in 1982.
Tributes have been flooding in from all across society and the world.
Ciara said MacGowan will always be the backdrop to her youth.
"I'm of the age where you start looking back and you remember all the times you heard The Pogues as the backdrop to your youth," she said.
"I do remember being in college and walking home from one of those rowing clubs up the top of The Liffey.
"It was raining, we were walking down and a load of us singing Rainy Night in Soho as we walked along by the river.
"I just remember it as a snapshot in time."
'The Pogues as the backdrop'
Ciara said she has particular fond memories of Fairytale of New York.
"I remember the year Fairytale came out - it came out in 1987," she said.
"I was 16 at the time and I remember driving on Christmas Eve, sitting in the back of the car with my sister and my parents, who are both dead now - and my Dad said, 'That's a terrible song' and us going, 'No, it's brilliant' and laughing.
"Actually, he came to love the song.
"I remember some moments in my own life with The Pogues as the backdrop as standout memories... and I think that's what a brilliant band or a brilliant musician does.
"I think he meant more to an awful lot of people... I think he was important to the fabric of Ireland," she added.
'That era is gone'
Fellow presenter Shane Coleman said MacGowan and The Pogues were important for the diaspora.
"There were so many bands, that of the Irish immigrant going to the UK, and so many bands came out of that," he said.
"You've The Smiths, Dexys Midnight Runners, Oasis, John Lydon of The Sex Pistols, Kate Bush, Dusty Springfield - both her parents were Irish emigrants.
"It was incredible; that era I think is gone.
"We still have people going across to England and back, but it's not the same," he added.
There is speculation that Fairytale Of New York will be this year's Christmas number one 36 years after it was first released - including in the UK, where it has never reached pole position.