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Louise Lavigueur

The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan frail in wheelchair on rare event outing

The Pogues former frontman Shane MacGowan appeared to be in frail health as he used a wheelchair during a rare outing at an event.

The Irish singer, 64, who spent nine years as the lead singer and songwriter for the iconic Pogues, broke his pelvis in a fall in 2015, and has had increasing mobility issues ever since.

Appearing in a black suit and shades he held a wine glass in his hand as he entered Dublin's The Park Café in a wheelchair to celebrate the release of his limited edition art book The Eternal Buzz & The Crock of Gold.

His wife Victoria Mary Clarke compiled the book after she kept his drawings, lyrics, and essays for years.

“I collected it for years because I didn’t want to throw them away, I thought they were important, so eventually I said let’s do something with this, a book or something,” she told

The pair have been married since 2018, but they have been together for decades after she met him in a London pub when she was 17.

Legendary Pogues artist Shane MacGowan has showcased his artwork in a new limited edition book (Mark Doyle /
MacGown suffered a broken pelvis and never recovered from the injury leaving him in a wheelchair (Mark Doyle /

During a slideshow of his artwork, the singer shouted that the book is airing “my dirty laundry”.

The singer, who has in recent times pursued his passion for art as he is no longer well enough to perform music, famously collaborated with Kirsty MacColl for their 1987 single Fairytale of New York.

The track which reached number two in the UK charts and remains one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time.

McColl, 41, was tragically killed in a horrific boating accident in 2000 seconds after saving the life of her then 15-year-old son.

Fairytale of New York was originally sung by Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan (Getty Images)

The track has continued to be popular with both ordinary fans and music critics and has reached the top 20 in the UK charts on 18 separate occasions since its original release.

MacGowan continued performing after leaving the band in 1991 and despite years of trouble with alcohol and drugs that saw him lose all his teeth, until he received new implants in 2015.

In an interview with The Spectator, MacGowan said he now sleeps in a 'sumptuous' hospital bed and needs daily help from carers due to his mobility issues.

But despite his health set backs he has found a passion for art and last month attended Andipa Gallery in South Kensington, his collection, The Eternal Buzz and the Crock of Gold.

Rare red carpet last month for his art exhibition launch (BACKGRID)
MacGowan still brought the glam with model Kate Moss enlisted to assist him at his art exhibition last month (GC Images)

The singer would also regularly perform drunk on stage and was pictured on several occasions looking worse for wear.

MacGowan began drinking at the age of five, when his family gave him Guinness to help him sleep, and his father frequently took him to the local pub while he drank with his friends.

His first spell in rehab when he was just 17, after he became addicted to valium.

The Pogues' Christmas song continues to top playlists during the festive season (Redferns via Getty Images)

The singer added: 'Sometimes people visit, or we go out to dinner, or sometimes I end up in hospital. If I don't end up in hospital, I thank Jesus and His Holy Mother and all the saints and angels.'

Despite his previous alcoholism, MacGowan, who is a devout Catholic, that art has been a 'lifelong passion' and he misses 'everything and nothing' about his previous hard living.

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