Pogues legend Shane MacGowan has been discharged from hospital after spending five months battling a serious blood infection.

The 65-year-old has suffered from a range of other health problems since being admitted in June, including pneumonia and bedsores, and recently spent some time in the intensive care unit.

However, his wife Victoria Mary Clarke shared the news this evening that Shane had been discharged from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, thanking doctors, nurses and other staff for their help.

He is now set to spend Christmas Day – which is also his birthday – at home. And there may be further cause for celebration as The Pogues’ classic Fairytale of New York is the bookies’ favourite to be the Christmas number one in Britain.

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“Shane got out of the hospital!” Victoria posted on X (formerly Twitter) this evening.

“We are deeply and eternally grateful to all of the doctors and nurses and staff at St Vincent’s – it’s the best ! And special thanks to Tom Creagh and Brian Corscadden for your help.”

Back in October, Victoria wrote how desperate she was to get him home for Christmas, writing: “Feeling really, really grateful that ⁦Shane is looking so bright today! And we are as determined as ever to get [him] home. Thank you a million times to all of the doctors and nurses and all of the staff and everyone who is visiting him!”

Victoria has shared pictures of famous friends visiting Shane in hospital, including Bruce Springsteen, Imelda May, Daniel O'Donnell, and The Pogues bandmate, Spider Stacey.

He has also been visited by Bono and The Edge, Moya Brennan, Mundy, Damien Dempsey, and Bobby Gillespie.

Just last weekend, Victoria shared a hopeful message and showed her determination to bring Shane home for Christmas.

“Shane is feeling much better today! I am so grateful to everyone who is willing to get home for the Christmas!” she wrote.

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