Sinéad O'Connor tribute unveiled as family share funeral plans for fan memorial

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Sinéad O'Connor (Shuhada' Sadaqat) died aged 56 on July 26, 2023 (Image: The Washington Post via Getty Im)

Sinéad O'Connor has been honoured with a touching tribute close to her former family home just days before her funeral.

The music legend tragically passed away on July 26 aged just 56, with officers from London's Metropolitan Police confirming she was found "unresponsive" at her home in East London. At the time, it was believed her death was not considered suspicious.

Earlier today, the family of the late singer who changed her name to Shuhada' Sadaqat after converting to Islam updated fans on her funeral. Those who loved the late musician are invited to line the streets of Co Wicklow, where she previously lived, to say their final goodbye.

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Sharing details of the star's funeral today, Sinéad's family said a cortege is to travel along the seafront before a private burial. It will pass by Sinead's former home on Strand Road, Montebello, where she lived for 15 years and where people have been leaving flowers since her death.

Now, a tribute has been made on Bray Head, close to where Sinead lived and directly above a World War Two navigational landmark. The location of the tribute is just a short distance from Sinéad's home on Strand Road. A sign reading: "ÉIRE [heart] SINÉAD" was placed close to the World War Two "ÉIRE" landmark which had initially disappeared from sight but was later rediscovered when a wildfire touched the ground in 2018.

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Sinéad O'Connor tribute unveiled as family share funeral plans for fan memorialThe tribute can be seen from the air (The Tenth Man)

Each letter of the moving sign measures 30ft tall and was the brainchild of The Tenth Man, in association with mural specialists, Mack Signs. Executive creative director of Tenth Man, Richard Seabrooke said: "So much has been said about Sinéad since her recent passing, I’m not sure what is left to say. We just wanted to take the opportunity to mark the moment with a bold statement that symbolises what she meant to this little country of ours."

Sinéad's funeral is to be held on Tuesday, August 8. A statement issued on Sunday on behalf of O'Connor's family encouraged people to line Bray's seafront from 10.30am for a "last goodbye" to the singer. Sinead loved living in Bray and the people in it," a statement said. "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.

Sinéad O'Connor tribute unveiled as family share funeral plans for fan memorialThe singer known personally as Shuhada' Sadaqat will be buried on August 8 (Getty Images)

"The Gardai 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." The Grammy award-winning musician will then be buried during a private ceremony with just her nearest and dearest in attendance.

John Thompson, clerk at the London Inner South district court confirmed in a statement on behalf of senior coroner Andrew Harris that the conclusion of the autopsy will be publicly disclosed if an inquest is opened. It's believed that O'Connor had been living just off of Brick Lane in east London for just several weeks before she died. Confirming her death, her heartbroken family said: "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."

Sinead died just 18 months following the death of her son Shane, who died aged 17 after he left a hospital while on suicide watch. Prior to her death, the musician shared a picture of her beloved son on Twitter and penned: "Been living as undead night creature since. He was the love of my life, the lamp of my soul. We were one soul in two halves. He was the only person who ever loved me unconditionally. I am lost in the bardo without him."

She had been updating fans on her Twitter account about her life and revealed she was planning to create music in the lead-up to her passing. Her management team later revealed that she had been putting the finishing touches to a new album, her first studio record in nine years. She was also looking at finalising upcoming tour dates for 2024 and had been exploring "opportunities around a movie of her book.

In a statement on their website, 67 Management said: "Wonderful plans were afoot at this time. Testament and tribute to those who have put their hearts first for Sinead, to whom we are forever grateful."

Daniel Bird

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