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Sinéad O’Connor’s Funeral Will Be Held Tomorrow

7 August 2023 | 3:13 pm | Staff Writer

Fans are invited to pay their respects to O’Connor along the Irish seafront where she lived.

Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor (Credit: Karen Lowe)

Sinéad O’Connor’s family have invited fans to pay respects to the late, great singer-songwriter tomorrow (August 8), with a funeral procession taking place on the Irish seafront where she lived.

As reported by The Independent, a cortege will begin its route at the Harbour Bar in Bray, following the street along to the opposite end of Strand Road, and then over to an undisclosed location where O’Connor’s family will hold a private burial. The procession will pass the artist’s former home on Strand Road, Montebello, where it’s said fans have been leaving flowers and personal tributes to O’Connor over the last week. O’Connor lived in the home for some 15 years prior to her death.

Fans of O’Connor’s have been encouraged to line the Bray seafront from 10:30am tomorrow morning, with her family writing in a public statement: “Sinéad loved living in Bray and the people in it. With this procession, her family would like to acknowledge the outpouring of love for her from the people of Co Wicklow and beyond, since she left last week to go to another place. The Gardaí have asked that people gather, if they would like to say a last goodbye to the singer, from 10.30am on Tuesday along the Bray seafront.”

O’Connor – who changed her legal name to Shuhada' Sadaqat in 2018 – died last month at the age of 56. The cause (and exact date) of her death is currently unknown; in a brief statement shared to announce the news, her family wrote simply: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

Artists have since come out in droves to pay tribute to O’Connor, with high-profile odes coming from the likes of Pink, Brandi Carlile, Tori Amos and Fall Out Boy. At the Fuji Rock festival in Japan, for example, the Foo Fighters were joined by Alanis Morissette to perform a cover of O’Connor’s 1987 song Mandinka. Morrissey has hit out at some of these tributes, though, calling them “sterile slop” and “insultingly stupid”.

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