Sinéad O'Connor

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Sinéad O'Connor

Born

12/8/1966, Dublin, Ireland

Birth Name

Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Irish Rock-pop Icon, Sinead O'Connor
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Biography

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Sinad Marie Bernadette O'Connor was born December 8th, 1966, in Dublin, Ireland. Sinad was born to John, a structural engineer turned barrister, and Marie. Sinad is third of five children, siblings Joseph, Eimear, John, and Eoin. In 1974, John and Marie split up, leaving an eight-year-old Sinad and…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In May 2008, Sinéad O Connor took part in the Africa Day celebrations in Ireland.

    • Sinéad has previously dated Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    • Sinéad's Children: Jake Reynolds (by first husband), Róisín Waters (by columnist John Waters), and Shane by Donal Lynny. Sinéad gave birth to her fourth child, Yeshua by Frank Bonadio in December 2006.

    • Sinéad O'Connor was named after Sinéad de Valera, the wife of Irish President Eamon de Valera, who was mother of the doctor delivering O'Connor.

    • John O'Connor, in an effort to become custodian of his children at a time when Ireland traditionally granted custody to the mother, became chairman of the Divorce Action Group.

    • In 1990, Sinéad O'Connor joined with other musical guests, when former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters organized a grand-scale performance of "The Wall" in Berlin.

    • After the Garden State Arts Center incident, Frank Sinatra was ready to clobber Sinéad.

    • Sinéad's brother, Joseph O'Connor is a notable novelist. Joseph's 1991 novel Cowboys and Indians was on the shortlist for the Whitbread Prize.

    • After Sinéad's appearance on Saturday Night Life, Madonna copied Sinéad's performance by ripping up a photograph of Joey Buttafuoco.

    • After the Saturday Night Live incident, Sinéad O'Connor starred as Ophelia in a theatrical production of Hamlet.

    • A pregnant Sinéad O'Connor was replaced on the 1995 Lollapalooza tour by band Elastica.

    • Sinéad is featured on Richard Wright of Pink Floyd's solo album, 1996's "Broken China". Sinéad gives lead vocals for three songs.

    • After Sinéad's service of ordination, she decided that her name should be Mother Bernadette Mary.

    • Sinéad has a close relationship with several members of fellow Irish band U2.

    • She married Nicholas Sommerland, a British journalist, in July 2001. Nicholas was rumored to be related to the Queen of Sweden, whose maiden name is Sommerlath.

  • Quotes

    • (on her track "Success(Has Made a Failure of our Home")
      Sinéad: If Ireland had not been invaded by the English, which was done for money, the Irish people wouldn't be in the amount of trouble that they are in at the moment and I wouldn't have been abused as a child... and neither would anybody else. So what I am saying is that through my own personal experience, I've learned that success has made a failure of our home.

    • (on coming out in 1999)
      Sinéad: I'm a lesbian ... 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 lesbian. But I actually am a lesbian.

    • (on comparing her later and earlier albums)
      Sinéad: When you're young, you don't really know quite what you're aiming at. You're very impulsive and acting on impulse, which is very important and valuable. But you're kind of swimming in a blind sea. When you get older, you have more of a sense of direction.

    • (about her switch to Rastafarian music in 2005)
      Sinead: I was longing for hymns and religious songs that weren't so boring and that also didn't perpetuate this kind of false idea of God, which I felt Catholicism did at the time. So I was always interested in the idea of rescuing God from religion and the idea of singing as prayer. Rasta music is the only kind of music that I think really gets that across. You feel the spirit of God alive in that music.

    • Sinéad: To say what you feel is to dig your own grave.

    • Sinéad: (Directed at Pope John Paul II) Fight the real enemy.

    • Sinéad: We have a tradition of passing our history orally and singing a lot of it and writing songs about it and there's kind of a calling in Irish voices when they're singing in their Irish accent.

    • Sinéad: I've been trying to grow it, but someone came up to me and asked if I was Enya. I was so shocked, I shaved all my hair off.

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