Shane MacGowan, frontman for the iconic Irish rock group The Pogues, shared a hospital selfie on social media over the weekend to say happy birthday to his friend and fellow musician Tom Creagh. 

MacGowan, who is currently in hospital due to an unspecified health issue, shared the heartwarming photo on his Instagram account, wishing Creagh a happy birthday. 

The photograph, which features Creagh sitting beside a smiling MacGowan, was posted alongside the caption "Happy birthday to the great Tom Creagh a living legend and a wonderful friend."

Creagh, from Nenagh in Co Tipperary, previously worked with MacGowan on the 2012 song "The Rockier Road to Poland," Ireland's unofficial anthem for the Euro 2012 soccer championships in Poland and Ukraine. 

MacGowan's wife Victoria Mary Clarke, who has provided fans with regular updates about MacGowan's health, also shared a photograph of her husband alongside Creagh, wishing the Irish musician a happy birthday. 

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Clarke thanked Creagh for "being so good" to her husband. 

"Happy birthday Tom Creagh!!! Thank you so much for being so good to ⁦Shane MacGowan," Clarke said on X. 

Happy birthday Tom Creagh!!! Thank you so much for being so good to ⁦@ShaneMacGowan⁩ ❤️❤️❤️❤️

— @victoriamary (@Victoriamary) November 4, 2023

Clarke has shared regular photos of MacGowan, who has been in hospital since July to be treated for an unspecified illness. 

The legendary Pogues frontman spent several days in intensive care last Christmas after contracting a serious infection of viral encephalitis, a swelling on the brain. 

It is unclear when MacGowan will be discharged from hospital, but Clarke has stated that she hopes her husband will be home before Christmas

In an update last month, Clarke said her husband was praying for "peace and love" for everyone in the world.