Doctors Confident That The Pogues' Shane MacGowan Will Be Okay After Hospitalisation

7 December 2022 | 1:22 pm | Mary Varvaris

MacGowan's wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, has shared the good news update with fans.

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Fans of the legendary Celtic punk band The Pogues have been worried about lead singer and songwriter Shane MacGowan since the news of his hospitalisation came to light this week.

His wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, has spoken with the Irish Mirror newspaper with an update about her husband. She revealed that the Fairytale Of New York singer was admitted to the hospital on Friday and that he was feeling "frustrated." 

"I’m definitely hoping he gets out this week," she added. Clarke has also updated her social media followers on the situation. 

She recently asked fans to send "prayers and healing vibes" and this morning, issued another update: "I just wanted to thank everyone who has been sending good wishes for Shane MacGowan," she wrote. "He is being treated for an infection, and the doctors are confident that he will be ok. I am just incredibly grateful to them and to all of you".

Pogues bassist Darryl Hunt passed away earlier this year. MacGowan paid tribute to his longtime bandmate and friend, stating, "I am very very sorry that Darryl has passed on, he was a really nice guy and a great friend and a great bass player. We will all miss him. May he have a happy state of eternal bliss and bless his family and friends love Shane".

A musician and songwriter, Hunt's work with The Pogues since joining in 1986 included their celebrated 1988 full-length If I Should Fall From Grace with God, home to their most recognisable tune, Fairytale Of New York. 

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Hunt remained with the band until their final album Pogue Mahone in 1996 and left behind a legacy of musical and songwriting contributions that are etched into the musical history of both genre and country. 

One of the most influential bands in the Celtic-punk, folk-punk and rock scenes, The Pogues are seen as the primary force of the popularisation of the Celtic-punk sound. The band last toured Australia in 2012.