Singer Sinead O’Connor has said she plans to “celebrate” her son Shane’s life and has asked mourners to wear colourful clothing at his funeral on Sunday.
The 17-year-old tragically took his own life last weekend.
Sinead said earlier this week that her son was Hindu and requested in a note that he wanted a traditional funeral and only his parents at the service.
Yesterday it was announced that Shane will repose at Thomas Murphy and Sons Funeral Home, Boghall Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, today from 5pm to 7pm.
In a message on rip.ie, it read that “colourful clothing” was preferred.
It said: “A memorial service to celebrate Shane’s life, for his family and close friends will be held in The Martello, Bray on Sunday, from 2pm until 5pm.
“Will be lovingly remembered forever by his heartbroken parents Sinead and Donal, his brothers and sisters, grandfather, aunts, uncles, cousins, his wonderful carers, extended family and many, many close friends.”
Sinead asked at the time that “if people are going to send anything to the mortuary at Loughlinstown Hospital or Newlands Cross crematorium, to please send flowers or Hindu objects”. But it appears Sinead and Donal have decided to change their funeral plans and will now have a more public celebration of his life this weekend, with the pair asking for family flowers only, “donations to Pieta House”.
Earlier this week, Sinead thanked Donal for being a wonderful father to Shane, saying the teen “adored” him.
She added: “You did your best too, Donal. And Shane adored you. And I will always remember how sweet you have been to him. You have been a lovely father. I am so sorry for your loss.”
Shane vanished last Thursday, prompting gardai to launch a missing persons report.
The appeal was stood down after Shane’s body was found near Bray in Wicklow on Friday night just before midnight.
A talented poet, Shane was the child of Sinead and musician Donal Lunny, who split shortly after his birth.
Shortly before Christmas, Sinead shared a “beautiful” verse written by her son, whose full name was Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor.
Sharing it with fans on December 21, she wrote: “My favourite thing about 2021 was that my 17-year-old son, Shane O’Connor wrote this beautiful poem. It’s in 6/8 tempo.”
The poem read: “The blood never ends. The failure of men. Is to pick up a knife as quick as a pen. How many lives must we spend again.
“For the freedom of my cock and the love of my hen. Would you swap places with a man out of tune if the birds of December became the birds of June.
“Would you go to old places just to make them look new or bring memories with you when out of the blue.”
There has been a huge outpouring of support from fans and celebrities. Pogues singer Shane MacGowan – who the teenager was named after – said he was praying Sinead can be comforted and find strength following his death.
He wrote: “Sinead you have always been there for me and for so many people, you have been a comfort and a soul who is not afraid to feel the pain of the suffering. I pray that you can be comforted and find strength, healing and peace in your own sorrow and loss.”