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#Sinead O'Connor

# sinead-oconnor - Monday 7 October, 2013

TD who called Sinéad O’Connor ‘mad as a brush’ apologises

The singer had earlier asked the Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell to explain the comments he made about the state of her mental health.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you start your week.

# sinead-oconnor - Saturday 5 October, 2013

TD criticised for Sinéad O'Connor 'mad as brush' message

The singer appeared on the Late Late last night after an online war of words with Miley Cyrus in which the US performer had made reference to O’Connor’s past mental health problems.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here are the nine things you want to know as you start your weekend…

# sinead-oconnor - Friday 4 October, 2013

From The Daily Edge Sinéad O'Connor believes music is being murdered Late Late Show

Sinéad O'Connor believes music is being murdered

The Irish singer told Ryan Tubridy that Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh are murderers of music.

From The Daily Edge Sinéad O'Connor to appear on tonight's Late Late Show to discuss Miley Cyrus row Sinead O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor to appear on tonight's Late Late Show to discuss Miley Cyrus row

The Irish singer has threatened the young star with legal action over a war of words.

From The Daily Edge Miley Cyrus is very nasty to Sinead O'Connor... it's The Dredge World Of Celebs

Miley Cyrus is very nasty to Sinead O'Connor... it's The Dredge

The very best of the day’s celebrity dirt.

# sinead-oconnor - Thursday 3 October, 2013

From The Daily Edge Sinead O'Connor writes amazing open letter to Miley Cyrus Dear Miley

Sinead O'Connor writes amazing open letter to Miley Cyrus

“Your body is for you and your boyfriend, not every greedy record company executive.”

# sinead-oconnor - Tuesday 25 December, 2012

From The Daily Edge VIDEO: Sinéad O'Connor sings Nothing Compares 2 U on Grafton Street Busking This post contains videos

VIDEO: Sinéad O'Connor sings Nothing Compares 2 U on Grafton Street

Another Christmas Eve singalong in Dublin City Centre…

# sinead-oconnor - Tuesday 27 November, 2012

Childhood portrait of Sinead O'Connor fetches €8,500 for charity

Artwork donated to auction by the singer, which also included a portrait featured on one of O’Connor’s album covers, has raised a total of €34,000 for charity.

# sinead-oconnor - Saturday 14 July, 2012

From The Daily Edge Qwitters: celebrities stuck on yo-yo Twitter diets The Hardest Thing

Qwitters: celebrities stuck on yo-yo Twitter diets

Charlie Sheen is the latest famous face to try and kick the habit…but will he succeed? It’s harder than it looks as some of his fellow celebs have shown.

# sinead-oconnor - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

Late Late's 50th anniversary special is most watched show this year

On average over one million tuned into the special programme last Friday, RTÉ said.

# sinead-oconnor - Saturday 2 June, 2012

From The Daily Edge Here's everything you missed on last night's 50th anniversary Late Late Show Late Late This post contains videos

Here's everything you missed on last night's 50th anniversary Late Late Show

If you didn’t watch, you actually missed out on a pretty brilliant show. Lucky you, though: here’s your cheat sheet.

From The Daily Edge VIDEO: 6 things to love about ET Et This post contains videos

VIDEO: 6 things to love about ET

It’s been 30 years since ET hit our screens back in 1982. He’ll never grow up for us.

# sinead-oconnor - Friday 18 May, 2012

The Daily Fix: Friday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Friday

All the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed…

# sinead-oconnor - Sunday 22 April, 2012

From The Daily Edge Sinéad O'Connor cancels tour Sinead O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor cancels tour

The singer has apologised to her fans, explaining she has been suffering from mental health problems and is following her doctor’s advice to not perform.

# sinead-oconnor - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

From The Daily Edge Sinéad O'Connor hints that marriage is back on track Good News

Sinéad O'Connor hints that marriage is back on track

The singer tweeted today that she cannot wait until her husband comes home this evening.

# sinead-oconnor - Friday 13 January, 2012

From The Daily Edge Sinead O'Connor announces end of her marriage... for a second time Tough Times

Sinead O'Connor announces end of her marriage... for a second time

The singer blamed media scrutiny for the disintegration of her relationship with Barry Herridge, who she married in Vegas.

# sinead-oconnor - Wednesday 4 January, 2012

From The Daily Edge Sinead O'Connor and husband 'to stay boyfriend and girlfriend' Making It Work?

Sinead O'Connor and husband 'to stay boyfriend and girlfriend'

Although Sinéad O’Connor said her marriage is over, she’s staying married to Barry Herridge – and is still dating him.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know this morning….

# sinead-oconnor - Tuesday 27 December, 2011

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In tonight’s Fix: Sinead O’Connor ends her fourth marriage, the sit-in at the Vita Cortex plant in Cork continues, and what exactly is going to happen at Kim Jong-Il’s funeral tomorrow?

The 5 at 5: Tuesday Take 5 This post contains videos

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From The Daily Edge Sinead O'Connor's fourth marriage ends after just 16 days Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor's fourth marriage ends after just 16 days

And we thought Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage was short-lived.

# sinead-oconnor - Saturday 10 December, 2011

The Daily Fix: Saturday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In tonight’s Fix: The latest on the EU agreement, tributes paid to mother and daughter crash victims, and possibly the best Christmas light display ever…

From The Daily Edge Vegas baby! Sinéad O'Connor ties the knot for a fourth time Sinead O'Connor

Vegas baby! Sinéad O'Connor ties the knot for a fourth time

The singer wed her fiancé Barry Herridge in a Vegas chapel – and revealed that the couple were celebrating in, er, a very personal way…

# sinead-oconnor - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From The Daily Edge Sinéad O'Connor a "very happy girl" ahead of fourth wedding Fourth Time Lucky

Sinéad O'Connor a "very happy girl" ahead of fourth wedding

News of impending nuptials comes months after O’Connor launched an online search for a sexy date.

# sinead-oconnor - Sunday 25 September, 2011

The Daily Fix: Sunday Daily Fix This post contains videos This post contains images

The Daily Fix: Sunday

Catch up on the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

# sinead-oconnor - Saturday 3 September, 2011

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In tonight’s Fix: The fall out from the Vatican’s response to the Cloyne report; why there could be good news for mortgage holders; and what’s happening down at the Electric Picnic?

From The Daily Edge Here's how Sinead O'Connor fared on The Late Late Show Sinead O'Connor This post contains videos

Here's how Sinead O'Connor fared on The Late Late Show

The singer spoke to Ryan Tubridy about the Electric Picnic, the search for love and whether he was interested…

# sinead-oconnor - Thursday 1 September, 2011

The Daily Fix: Thursday Daily Fix This post contains videos This post contains images

The Daily Fix: Thursday

Catch up on the day’s biggest stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

# sinead-oconnor - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

From The Daily Edge Sinead O'Connor: Late Late approach was 'patronising and disrespectful' Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor: Late Late approach was 'patronising and disrespectful'

The singer has explained her decision to pull out of Friday’s show, saying: I’m tired of being labelled crazy.

From The Daily Edge Sinead O'Connor: Late Late Show 'just isn't safe for me' Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor: Late Late Show 'just isn't safe for me'

The singer has pulled out of her scheduled interview with Ryan Tubridy, declaring we are “still the same old Ireland”.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things to know this morning…

# sinead-oconnor - Monday 29 August, 2011

Sinead O’Connor to explore Irish reluctance to discuss sex

The singer is due to co-host 4FM’s Late Show this Wednesday evening.

# sinead-oconnor - Saturday 27 August, 2011

From The Daily Edge Sinéad O'Connor's infamous telly moments... Sinead O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor's infamous telly moments...

Sinéad O’Connor has said that she’s appearing, sans underwear, on the Late Late Show next Friday night. Here’s a quick look at some of her more memorable TV appearances…

# sinead-oconnor - Tuesday 23 August, 2011

From The Daily Edge Sinead still hasn't found her 'sweet, sex-starved man' Sinead O'Connor

Sinead still hasn't found her 'sweet, sex-starved man'

Sinead O’Connor is still searching for her perfect man. And Brians and Nigels can now apply.

# sinead-oconnor - Wednesday 16 February, 2011

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: The morning after pill goes on sale without prescription; a euthanasia activist holds a seminar in Dublin, as suicide campaigners say ‘emotional literacy’ should be on the school curriculum.

# sinead-oconnor - Friday 23 July, 2010

Musician Sinéad O’Connor has gotten married for the third time, to Steve Cooney.

Australian guitarist Cooney has been a member of her band for the last four years.

We who run this site are very happy to announce the marriage of Steve Cooney and Sinead O’Connor has taken place this morning.

Thanks be to the Great Lord Jah. Rastafarai. Dread I. Conquering lion I. One love

With the surprise wedding being announced through O’Connor’s website – along with a picture showing the couple in a a small chapel with old tattered armchairs in the background, we figured it was an appropriate chance to examine some of the off-the-wall stuff O’Connor has gotten up to.

That time she ripped up a picture of the Pope on live TV

Let’s start with an obvious one. In October 1992, O’Connor was invited on NBC’s flagship Saturday Night Live programme as a musical guest, where she sang an a cappella version of Bob Marley’s famous anti-racism anthem ‘War’.

Having replaced some earlier words referring to African famine with the phrase “child abuse,” O’Connor led the song to a haunting climax, with the final line: ”Good… over…” – at which point O’Connor produces a picture of then-Pope John Paul II – “evil.”

Staring straight at the camera, she then ripped up a photo of the Pope, urges the viewers to “fight the real enemy”, and throws the scattered pieces of the picture to the ground.

Many people, unsurprisingly, were upset. NBC – being unaware of her plan – substituted the performance with one from a rehearsal, though the original eventually found its way onto YouTube.

That time she refused to perform if someone played the National Anthem

The SNL incident wasn’t the first time she had upset America. In 1990 she had been due to perform at an arts centre in New Jersey – where, unbeknownst to O’Connor, the protocol was to play the US national anthem before every show.

O’Connor said she had a policy of not having the anthem of any country played before her concerts, explaining that such anthems usually related to wars and were, effectively, nationalist tirades (though she meant “no disrespect”).

The venue agreed to her demand not to play the anthem before her show, but banned her for life after the gig.

That time she just showed up at Channel 4 to go on a TV show

Having already stated her anti-clerical abuse credentials with her SNL appearance, O’Connor was watching a TV discussion on the topic and was so interested in it, that she called up and asked if she could appear.

Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald was appearing on the programme – Channel 4′s legendary After Dark, which would start at midnight and end… whenever – alongside a Dominican monk and a Church rep when the studio were told the singer was on her way.

“Sinéad came on and argued that abuse in families was coded in by the church because it refused to accept the accounts of women and children,” recalled a baffled host, Helena Kennedy.

That time she said she was a lesbian – and then took it back

I’m a dyke … although I haven’t been very open about that and throughout most of my life I’ve gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a big lesbian mule. But I actually am a dyke.

2000, in an interview with Curve.

I believe it was overcompensating of me to declare myself a lesbian. It was not a publicity stunt. I was trying to make someone else feel better. And have subsequently caused pain for myself. I am not in a box of any description.

2000, in an interview with The Independent

I’m three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay. I lean a bit more towards the hairy blokes.

2005, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

O’Connor has been married three times and has four children. It may seem bizarre to have to confirm it, but all three of her spouses were male, and all four of the children were fathered by men.

And yes, that time she became a priest

We could hardly leave it out, could we? On one Late Late Show appearance O’Connor told Gay Byrne that she would have liked to have been a priest if she had not been a singer. A bishop from a breakaway independent Catholic group contacted her, and ordained her.

Mother Bernadette Mary, as she was then known, took her faith seriously: she announced in 2003 that she was quitting music altogether to train as a catechist.

Though her defection from the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church was never fully confirmed, it’s assumed she ditched the faith in 2005 when she released a reggae album and said that Rastafarianism saved her life.

She’s still obviously spiritual, though – she told Interview in 2005 that her mission was “to rescue God from religion.”