Thousands of mourners lined the streets of the Irish coastal town of Bray on Tuesday for the funeral procession of singer Sinéad O’Connor.

O’Connor, who died on July 26 in London at the age of 56, lived in Bray for 15 years before selling her home in 2021.

“Sinead loved living in Bray and the people in it,” her family told RTE. “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.”

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Fans paid their respects to O’Connor outside her previous house.

In a statement, Irish President Michael D Higgins expressed his admiration for the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer’s originality, vulnerability, and heroism.

“The outpouring of grief and appreciation for Sinead O’Connor’s life and work demonstrates the profound impact which she had on the Irish people,” Higgins stated.

“Sinéad’s one-of-a-kind contribution involved the experience of great vulnerability combined with a superb, exceptional level of creativity, which she chose to deliver through her voice, music, and songs.”

The prime minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, as well as Irish singer Bob Geldof and U2 bandmates Bono and the Edge, attended the private memorial service, according to The Irish Times.

Muslim funeral prayers were led by Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri.

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“The more she sang and spoke about her own pain, as well as the pervasive sins in society that she witnessed, the more her voice and words resonated with listeners and touched their hearts,” he wrote in a prepared eulogy.

“I know that people of all faiths around the world will be praying for Ireland’s beloved daughter, including countless Muslims praying for their sister in faith and humanity.”

On July 26, O’Connor’s body was discovered comatose in a London home, and her relatives confirmed her death.

She was open about her mental health issues, revealing diagnoses of bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder. She was hospitalized last year following the suicide death of her son, Shane Lunny, at the age of 17.

Following her death, a book of condolences was presented to the public in Dublin, where fans left notes to O’Connor.

“Many, many times, Sinéad was full of terrible loneliness and terrible despair,” Geldof told The Independent. “She was a very good friend of mine.”

“We were communicating up until a few weeks ago. Some of her letters were full of desperation and misery, while others were ecstatically blissful. That was her personality.”

O’Connor’s career began in the 1980s, with The Lion and the Cobra, her first of ten albums, released in 1987 and earning her a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

The breakthrough tune “Nothing Compares 2 U” appeared on her 1990 album I Do Not Want What I Don’t Have, which earned her a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.

O’Connor boycotted the Grammys in 1991 and made headlines in 1992 for tearing up a portrait of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live in protest against child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.


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