Shane MacGowan 'left €10,000 behind bar' for wake guests including Johnny Depp and Nick Cave

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13 Dec 2023, 15:23

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The Pogues star Shane MacGowan is thought to have left €10,000 (£8,600) behind the bar at his wake following his funeral in Dublin last week where guests included Johnny Depp, Nick Cave and Irish President Michael D. Higgins.

The Irish musician, who died from pneumonia on November 30, was laid to rest on December 8 in Nenagh, County Tipperary. The wake took place at The Thatched Cottage pub, just outside of the town.

A former drinking partner of MacGowan’s told The Independent: “I know the pub they are going to for the meal after. There has already been €10,000 handed over the counter for free beer – it was Shane’s last request.

“It is a beautiful place just outside of town but there is only a limited amount of people allowed.”

Fans lined the streets of Dublin to bid him farewell with guests including Depp, Glen Hansard, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie and The Pogues bandmates.

Widow Victoria thanked 'loyal and devoted friends' alongside a photo with the Hollywood star.

She wrote on social media: “Johnny Depp is one of the most gracious of angels and I know that Shane really appreciated the way that he was always so completely respectful and accepting of every aspect of his being even at times when a lot of people were dismissing him as being a hopeless addict and past his prime.

“Seeing the adoration that Johnny felt for Shane was a great source of encouragement and strength during some really tough times and I am eternally grateful to him for never seeing Shane as anything less than perfect and brilliant and beautiful.”

The sad occasion was marked by Hansard, who played the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York inside the bar and at the funeral alongside Lisa O’Neill and band members. Cave played The Pogues‘ A Rainy Night in Soho at the funeral, while Johnny Depp honoured the 'maestro' with a personal reading.

Irish singers Mundy and Camille O’Sullivan performed duet Haunted, previously recorded by MacGowan and Sinead O’Connor in 1995.