Landlord, 82, who ran illegal boozer with help of Polish trophy bride, 28, dies

The “landlord” of Ireland’s infamous Bog Hotel who made global headlines has died aged 82.

Patsy Brogan became famous in 2008 when it emerged he was running an illegal pub from a shed near his home in County Donegal.

He passed away peacefully last Saturday after a battle with cancer.

The “Bog Hotel” was a well-kept secret until police discovered its existence after a man died there after a night out.

Tragic Thomas Sheridan was just 20 when he passed away in 2008. He had been at the Bog Hotel with two other men after a night of partying in the nearby town of Mountcharles.

After, when Mr Brogan was questioned by cops about selling alcohol without a licence, he denied owning a pub and said the shed was merely a place to entertain his friends and that no money changed hands.

Mr Brogan was also gossiped about because of his relationship with his attractive 28-year-old Polish “barmaid”, Daria Weiske, reports the Irish Mirror.

She denied she was Mr Brogan’s girlfriend and said she helped the pensioner as a part-time cleaner and cook.

However the pair later wed and a local hotel even said they could have their reception there for free due to all the publicity they had brought to Donegal.

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Images of the pair featured in newspapers all over the world along with photos of the Bog Hotel.

They showed a Bavaria beer sign outside, a hi-fi system and a stack of CDs inside.

The fully-equipped premises also had beer pumps, an unlabelled beer pump and upside-down spirit bottles as well as a stage and dance floor.

After being prosecuted in 2011 for selling alcohol without a licence, Mr Brogan said the Bog Hotel remained open for anyone who wanted to pay it a visit.

He added: “If people want to leave money, that’s fine – if they don’t, that’s fine as well.

“My house is a ceili house, not a shebeen (illegal pub). It never has been and never will be.”

Mr Brogan was back in the news two years ago when he was hit with a three-year motoring ban after being convicted of drink- driving.

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The pensioner’s funeral Mass was said by Fr Morty O’Shea in the Church of the Blessed Virgin on Monday.

Fr O’Shea said he had been unaware of the “larger narrative” of Mr Brogan’s colourful life until it was pointed out to him in recent days.

He joked: “Some people have asked whether we are going to see book or a movie at some stage.”

Mr Brogan was laid to rest in Cranney Road Cemetery, Frosses, Donegal.

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