Shane MacGowan, 63, makes his first public appearance since breaking a knee 1

Shane MacGowan, 63, makes his first public appearance since breaking a knee

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Shane MacGowan, 63, makes his first public appearance since breaking a knee as frail Pogues star attends rehearsal for homeless charity fundraiser


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Shane MacGowan delighted fans on Tuesday evening by making his first public appearance since recovering from a serious knee injury. 

The iconic Pogues singer was joined by long-term partner Victoria Mary Clarke ahead of a rehearsal for the busk in aid of the Simon Community, Northern Ireland’s leading homeless charity, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. 

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Taking to Instagram, Clarke, 55, shared a rare photo of wheelchair-bound Shane, 63, alongside musicians Kane O’rourke, Johnny Cronin and Michael Cronin after attending the event with U2 legend Bono.  

Rare appearance: Shane MacGowan delighted fans on Tuesday evening by making his first public appearance since recovering from a serious knee injury

Rare appearance: Shane MacGowan delighted fans on Tuesday evening by making his first public appearance since recovering from a serious knee injury

Captioning the image, she wrote: ‘Shane got out of the house for the first time since the last time he broke his knee and this time it wasn’t a trip in an ambulance!! 

‘He played a gig with @orourkekane @croninjohnny and @miccronin @croninmusic in aid of @simoncommunity in Saint Patricks Cathedral which is organised by the incredible @glenhansard @thegingerman222 who should be nominated for a Sainthood! 

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‘It was beautiful to see some amazing and awesome musicians giving it welly including @theframesofficial Bono Liam O Maonlai Peadar O Riada and @lisaoneillmusic and @slinacroi and more! 

The Simon Community busk was organised by Irish musician Glen Hansard with the aim of raising money for the Northern Irish charity, which offers specialist support services including homelessness prevention, accommodation, health, well-being and practice development. 

Mansard’s band The Frames, Bono, Peadar Ó Riada, Liam Ó MaonlaÍ, and Lisa O’Neill were also in attendance on Tuesday evening. 

Frail: MacGowan performed with the aid of a cane at the 10th anniversary of The Hoping Foundation's fundraising event for Palestinian refugee children in 2016

Frail: MacGowan performed with the aid of a cane at the 10th anniversary of The Hoping Foundation’s fundraising event for Palestinian refugee children in 2016 

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Journalist Clarke has been at Shane’s side for 34 years and supported him through his well-publicised drink and drug battles, but admits she struggled with feelings of guilt after being left powerless to help him following his knee injury.  

Addressing Instagram followers in March, she wrote: ‘A lot of the time I feel guilty about not doing enough for Shane, not being superhuman, not having enough energy, not being able to heal him or even always be sweet and kind to him.

‘Sometimes his needs trigger resentment and anger in me and then I feel guilty about not being high vibrational and not being full of love and light and joy and positivity.’ 

She continued: ‘I think that a lot of people can feel this way? Unable to find our own joy and radiance and energy because we are overwhelmed by the needs of the people we love.

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‘The angels are inviting us now to get more compassionate with ourselves and more accepting of our feelings.’

MacGowan has suffered physically from years of binge drinking and would often perform on stage drunk. 

In 2015 he got his teeth fixed after losing his final one in 2009. 

He began drinking at the tender 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.

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Clarke announced in 2016 that Shane was sober for the ‘first time in several years’ and explained how his drinking problem stemmed from years of ‘singing in bars and clubs where people go to drink and have fun’.

She claimed Shane’s spiral into alcohol addiction happened due to the introduction of hard drugs, such as heroin. 

Clarke said the singer became sober after a length stay in hospital when he was suffering from pneumonia and a hip injury, and Shane continued his sobriety journey when he returned home. 

The couple’s close friend Johnny Depp has produced the film Crock of Gold, which looks back the musician’s eventful life – from his childhood in Ireland with big dreams of pursuing a career in music, to moving to London when he was 13 before becoming a musical icon.  

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