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28th Jul 2023

Sinéad O’Connor remembered at vigils in Dublin and London

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Fans across the UK and Ireland have gathered to pay their respects to the late Sinéad O’Connor after she sadly passed away on Wednesday at age 56.

People gathered in their hundreds at the London Irish Centre in North London to celebrate Sinéad’s life and legacy, with Sharon Horgan and DJ Annie Mac both in attendance.

Actress Lisa Dwan carried out a reading of one of Sinéad’s letters as well as a rendition of Take Me To Church, led by comedian Aisling Bea.

Irish singer Moncrieff told RTÉ that the event was “really special”, saying: “It was really special just to be a part of it.

“To be around people who knew Sinéad and were a part of her life was just a privilege.

“Just to be in that room, in that energy, to celebrate someone so important in Irish culture and the history of Ireland, and Irish music, I wouldn’t have missed it.”

Elsewhere in Dublin, dozens of fans gathered outside the Wall of Fame to pay their respects, speaking about the influence Sinéad’s music had on them.

Many insisted that Sinéad’s death should shed light on the shortfalls in mental health services in Ireland and encourage those in power to tackle them.

Crowds at Temple Bar sang her two most famous songs, Black Boys On Mopeds and Nothing Compares 2 U.

The singer was found unresponsive at her home in London on Wednesday, with police saying her death is not being created as suspicious.

“The results of this may not be available for several weeks”, police said in a statement.

“The decision whether an inquest will be needed will be decided when these results are known and submissions have been heard from the family.”