A tribute to the singer Sinead O’Connor, who has passed away, has been cleaned on top of a cliff in Ireland, shortly before the singer’s funeral procession.
News of the singer and activist’s death broke last month (July 26), after she was found unconscious at her London home. She was pronounced dead at the scene, aged 56.
The news comes a year after the death of his son Shane, who died by suicide. The singer’s cause of death has not yet been announced, although police have confirmed that the circumstances are not being treated as suspicious.
Now a moving tribute to the artist has been installed on some cliffs overlooking the coastal town of Bray, south of Dublin. The words “Eire,” the Irish name for Ireland, and “Sinéad” are connected to a heart in the message.
The installation came just before O’Connor’s funeral procession passed through the Irish city, where thousands of people gathered and took to the streets to pay their respects to the influential artist.
Details of his funeral were shared yesterday (August 7), with fans invited to say a ‘last goodbye’ as the procession followed a seaside route in Bray, Co. Wicklow, over the house where O’Connor lived for 15 years. .
Early in the morning, the procession started at the Barra an Chuan end of Beach Road. Currently underway, it will continue to the other side of Beach Road, with a private burial ceremony to follow.
In an update shared by the BBC – which is also sharing live footage of the procession – it was reported that thousands of people were walking behind the hearse, some throwing flowers, some bowing their heads.
It is also claimed that the backing vocals of their iconic hit “Nothing Compares 2 U” could be heard everywhere, and the standing ovation. It is said that the busiest area so far has been outside the old O’Connor house, which overlooks the water’s edge.
To encourage people to take part in the tribute, a statement was issued on behalf of the Uí Conchúir family last Sunday (August 6), asking people to line up on Bray’s foreshore starting at 10.30 in the morning.
“Sinead would love to live in Bray with his family,” he 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 for another place last week.”
In the time since her death, fans have paid tribute to O’Connor’s legacy as a singer and activist by leaving flowers and messages at her former home, while other supporters have gathered to pay their respects at venues in London, Belfast and Dublin.
It was also reported that views of his music increased by 2,885% after his death.