Therese MacGowan dies in Tipperary road crash

The mother of Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan has died in a auto accident in the Republic of Ireland.

RTÉ reports that a woman in her 80s, named as Therese MacGowan, died in Co.

Therese MacGowan, 87, became the first road death victim of 2017 when her auto struck a wall at Ballintoher, near Nenagh.

Shane MacGowan was singer for The Pogues from 1982 until the band's break-up in 2014.

The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle, was fatally injured when her auto collided with a wall at Ballintogher, Nenagh.

Her body has been taken to Limerick University Hospital where a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out tomorrow.

The stretch of road has been closed to facilitate a forensic examination.

Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to today's incident, the first fatality on Irish roads in 2017.

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