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Sinéad O'Connor. Image courtesy of Michel Linssen (Getty Images).

Sinéad O’Connor. Image courtesy of Michel Linssen (Getty Images).

“Maybe it was mean, but I really don’t think so. You asked for the truth and I told you.”— Sinéad O’Connor

Shuhada’ Sadaqat (previously Magda Davitt), known professionally as Sinéad O’Connor, Grammy Award-winning artist, passed away Wednesday, July 26, at the age of 56. The Irish singer-songwriter was known for her “powerful, evocative voice” and her “political provocations onstage and off.”

O’Connor was discovered by Paul Byrne, a drummer with ties to the Irish band U2, when she sang “Evergreen,” the theme from A Star Is Born at a wedding. She would go on to release 10 studio albums. Her breakout album, 1990’s “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” included O’Connor’s cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The album won O’Connor a Grammy Award in 1991 for best alternative music performance.

Through her life, O’Connor spoke out against abuse in the Catholic Church, social injustice, commercialism, and misogyny in the music industry. She was also an advocate for mental health. Never backing down in her convictions, which “became increasingly erratic” towards the end of her life, O’Connor “rarely shrank from controversy, but it often came with consequences for her career.” As she stated in her memoir, “Everyone wants a pop star, see?…But I am a protest singer. I just had stuff to get off my chest. I had no desire for fame.” O’Connor did just that, as Dave Holmes writes in Esquire, “Ireland on the day of Sinéad’s death is vastly different from the country she was born into…A once-repressive country has become one of the world’s most progressive.”

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Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.




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  1. Comment by Brenda j travid — August 7, 2023 @ 8:20 PM

    I have been fan from the singer When George came out 1988
    I love she so blod im going to
    Miss her music new songs comeinh out i do understand
    What but we can do to turn to lose a child a lot of times that just takes over I just paid you rest in peace

  2. Comment by Sandra Keene — August 8, 2023 @ 5:36 AM

    She.has a beautiful voice . Prayers and ❤️ love to her family and friends. May she Rest in peace .

  3. Comment by Kay Delaney. — August 8, 2023 @ 4:10 PM

    Sinéad,a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice full of meaning in every word but with a troubled mind for the genius she was. Farewell and goodbye from one who loved listening to and looking at you and hope and pray you are at peace with your lovely son Shane and your parents and your God. Rest in peace forever. You will never be forgotten.

  4. Comment by Brennan ERIN Moriarty — August 8, 2023 @ 4:42 PM

    I’m so sorry: this was a missed opportunity and
    I surrender to kindness thoughtfully aware of every vulnerable heart and soul.
    The SONGBOOKS call_ Sinead O’connor’s _name

  5. Comment by Sylvia — August 9, 2023 @ 8:21 AM

    Sinead was a lovely person inside & out. You could see it in her eyes & they are the mirror of the soul x

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