Shane MacGowan looks frail as he is visited in hospital by Clannad's Moya Brennan

Shane MacGowan (left) with Moya Brennan (right). Picture from Facebook
Shane MacGowan (left) with Moya Brennan (right). Picture from Facebook Shane MacGowan (left) with Moya Brennan (right). Picture from Facebook

A photograph posted on Facebook of legendary Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan has shown the singer looking frail as he was visited in hospital by Clannard musician Moya Brennan.

The singer has been receiving a steady stream of famous visitors as he continues treatment in a Dublin hospital for an unspecified illness.

Mr MacGowan was admitted last month, his wife Victoria Mary Clarke confirmed.

This marks the second hospitalization this year for the 65-year-old musician, who was treated for viral encephalitis in December.

"We are getting some really nice visitors and it's a great boost for the morale!"

Clarke wrote on social media this week, sharing a photo of MacGowan with the Clannad singer.

Fellow Irish musician Imelda May also recently stopped by, bringing an early preview of her show about Irish folk singer Kathleen Behan to the couple.

"Thank you so much to the beautiful @ImeldaOfficial for cheering up Shane MacGowan," Clarke wrote.

Photos from MacGowan's hospital room have captured him with musician Cronin as well.

While details of MacGowan's condition remain unclear, his wife has expressed the fear and stress that comes with a serious illness of a loved one in a previously posted message on Instagram.


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"The natural reaction for most of us when we are in a scary situation and a loved one is in danger of dying is to totally freak out and imagine the worst," she shared.

Clarke advised finding compassion, crying when needed, and opening up to possibilities even in hard moments. 

“I have noticed that if you allow yourself to cry and to feel all of the fear and even to collapse, and you don’t judge yourself for your feelings and you have compassion for yourself and everyone else around you even in the really dark moments, it’s like that is the real meaning of going with the flow.

“Trusting that things will somehow work out doesn’t mean you have to pretend that you are not afraid." She said 

The Fairytale of New York singer uses a wheelchair after a 2015 accident.

Following the recent passing of singer Sinead O'Connor, Shane MacGowan and his wife Victoria Mary Clarke offered words of love and remembrance for their late friend.

"We pray that you are at peace now with your beautiful boy," they wrote in a statement, alluding to O'Connor's tragic loss of her 17-year-old son Shane last year.

Clarke and MacGowan went on to express gratitude for O'Connor's friendship, stating: "We want to thank you Sinéad for your love and your friendship and your compassion and your humour and your incredible music."

The couple paid sincere tribute to O'Connor, with whom MacGowan collaborated on the song "Haunted" in 1995.