Sinéad O’Connor’s Public Funeral In Ireland Draws Thousands Of Fans To Say Goodbye

Thousands of people lined the streets to pay tribute to the late Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor on Tuesday in Bray, Ireland, where she lived for 15 years. Sinéad, who died at 56 on July 26, was laid in a coffin that was covered in blue, white and pink flowers. Mourners sang along to the singer’s music playing from a Volkswagen Beetle van draped in rainbow flags. A photograph of the singer was also visible through the back window of the hearse. While Sinéad had a public funeral procession, her burial was private. According to Ireland’s public broadcaster RTE, singers Bob Geldof and U2’s Bono attended the private burial service, as well as Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Irish president Michael D. Higgins. Sinéad rose to fame in the ’90s with her rendition of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and she went on to release a total of 10 studio albums during her career, with several reaching platinum status.