Limerick remembers Sinead O’Connor as a group of fans and admirers paid tribute to the musical icon at a new mural in Limerick City. Picture: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick
A group of fans and admirers paid tribute to Sinead O’Connor at a new mural depicting the musical legend in Limerick City
By Cian Reinhardt, Editor
A gathering of devoted fans and admirers paid heartfelt respects to musical legend Sinead O’Connor at a new mural of the late singer in Limerick this Sunday.
As the musical icon is remembered across the nation, including an apt playing of “Nothing Compares 2 U” at Croke Park for the Senior Football All-Ireland Championship Final, local activist Molly Cantwell organised a ‘Remembering Sinéad O’Connor’ event in Limerick.
The event took place in the heart of the city, beside a new black and white mural depicting the Irish legend at Arthur’s Quay Park, providing an opportunity for Limerick’s community to honour an artist whose mark on the world of music continues to resonate.
In the park the crowd sang Sinead’s songs and reflected on the impact she had on them, Molly Cantwell told I Love Limerick, “Firstly I decided to organise this event today because I hadn’t seen anything going on in this part of the country. Limerick is such a hub of music, obviously we’ve had Dolores O’Riordan pass a few years ago as well, and I know Sinead was a big influence for her, so I wanted to do something in this part of the country to honour Sinead. We have such a diverse and amazing city that I wanted as many people to be involved as possible.”
As the rain poured, those paying tribute weren’t deterred, many laid flowers at the mural, sang their favourite songs, and spent some time in the presence of others mourning as they were.
“Sinead for me was such a musical icon, such an icon for everything that I stand for that maybe wasn’t the norm growing up, so I just wanted to thank her and remember her properly,” said Molly.
Performers on the day included Limerick’s RaYch P, Kellie Lewis, Therese Hayes, and Limerick-based Ukranian singer Lera Night.
“The words we speak are our bullets, for all the people who fight for a better world, Sinead O’Connor is a great loss,” said Lera, she continued, “The best way to honour the great memory and to keep the cause of Sinead O’Connor is to honour and continue fighting for her,” before taking out scissors and cutting her hair in a mark of remembrance.
Throughout Ireland, the spirit of Sinéad O’Connor lives on, the new mural will be a testament to the mark she and her music left on the world.
Pictures: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick