The show opened with Glen Hansard performing Rainy Night in Soho live in studio and continued with various celebs, including musicians Moya Brennan, Camille O'Sullivan, Steve Wickham, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Liam Ó Maonlaí and actor Aidan Gillen, sharing fond memories of the Fairytale of New York singer.
They recalled that while he was "so shy" in reality, he was also "very funny, he was chaotic but he always got the job done". They also described him as a "poet before a musician" and said "he was an immigrant and his music reflected the immigrants".
Viewers were left in total awe of the tribute paid to the beloved singer and quickly took to social media to share their approval. One person wrote: "Patrick Kielty speaks so eloquently and has hit the nail on the head with his beautiful tribute to Shane MacGowan. Lovely opening to the show with a stunning rendition of A Rainy Night in Soho."
Meanwhile another added: "Absolute goosebumps. Well done AGAIN, Patrick Kielty." And a third said: "Rainy night in the Soho - one of the greatest songs ever [written]. Rip legend."
A fourth viewer commented: "I don't know who writes Patrick Kielty's intros maybe he does himself but they are excellent in getting the balance right between, addressing something, expressing how most of us feel and he just comes across as sincere."
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