In a touching reflection shared on The Red Hand Files, Nick Cave delved into a poignant moment he shared with Sinéad O’Connor during Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday concert in Dublin. Despite not being well-acquainted with O’Connor, Cave had always held admiration for her uniqueness and ‘raging spirit.’ In his published recollection, he expressed:
“Shane was not only revered for his numerous talents but also cherished for the essence of who he was. A beautiful and wounded man, embodying a form of purity, innocence, generosity, and spiritual intelligence unlike any other.”
Cave went on to quote O’Connor’s sentiments about MacGowan: “Sinéad once described Shane as ‘He is an angel. An actual angel.’ Whether or not this holds true is up for interpretation. However, Shane possessed an extraordinary spirit of goodness and a profound sense of truth, strangely magnified in his brokenness, his humanity. We can confidently assert that ‘he was beloved on the earth,’ and the same holds true for Sinéad — genuinely beloved and greatly missed, both.”
The Intimate Bond Between Shane MacGowan and Sinéad O’Connor
Shane MacGowan and Sinéad O’Connor cultivated a deep and enduring friendship, rooted in their shared Irish heritage and shared journey through the music industry. Their mutual respect and support for each other’s work have been evident throughout their careers. With a profound understanding of one another’s artistic talents and personal struggles, their friendship became a revered bond within the music world.
Prior to his passing, Shane MacGowan took to social media to express his condolences to O’Connor, acknowledging her unwavering support. He conveyed: “Sinead, you have always been there for me and for so many people. You have been a source of comfort and a soul unafraid to feel the pain of suffering. You’ve consistently tried to heal and help. My prayers are with you, that you may find comfort, strength, healing, and peace in your own sorrow and loss.” Tragically, MacGowan’s passing followed the announcement of O’Connor’s death earlier this July.