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'my light' Singer Sinead O’Connor pays tribute to son Shane after his tragic death

You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us.”

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Sinead O'Connor and son Shane

Sinead O'Connor and son Shane

Sinead O'Connor and son Shane

Singer Sinead O’Connor has paid a heart-breaking tribute to her 17-year-old son following his death in tragic circumstances.

Gardai this morning confirmed they had stood down a search for Shane O’Connor, who had been missing since Thursday, after his remains were discovered in Bray.

Paying tribute to her son, Sinead described him on her Twitter account as: “The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eyed-baby.

“You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us.”

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Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor

Seventeen-year-old Shane who had gone missing from Newbridge, Co. Kildare two days ago and had last been seen in Tallaght on Friday.

Shane’s father was Donal Lunny, one of Ireland's most admired traditional music stars and best known for his roles in Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts

Speaking about his relationship with his children with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show in January of last year, Tullamore father-of-three Donal said lockdowns and the pandemic had been particularly tough on teenagers who were missing out on pivotal parts of their adolescence.

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Shane O'Connor

Shane O'Connor

Shane O'Connor

He told Ryan: “In Dublin within shouting distance I have my daughter Cora and son Shane.

“We don’t get to see each other and we’re just up and down the road, so we might as well be far away from each other. So it’s tricky. It’s tough.”

Today calls have been made for greater investment into mental health services following Shane's tragic death

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Sinead described Shane, who struggled with mental health issues, as the light of her life in another post online.

"My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God. May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace."

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger said more funding needed to be given to deal with mental health in Ireland.

“How incredibly sad and horrific for Sinead O'Connor and Donal Lunny to experience the loss of their son this way. Also, very strong to not hide the cause of death. The mental health crisis is real and disgracefully neglected: massive investment & resources needed by the state. RIP.”

Psychologist and broadcaster Emma Kenny described the news as “tragic beyond belief” and said young people are being failed in society.

She added: “We are failing a whole generation; no child should feel death is a better option. As a society we need to ask ourselves why and we need to do better.”

Children’s author Philip Ardagh said his heart goes out to Sinead at such a tragic time.

“I have a huge admiration for Sinead O’Connor who spoke out publicly against the Catholic Church many, many years before most dared to, and was shunned and ridiculed as a result. And now she has lost her 17-year-old son, Shane. My heart goes out to her.”

Labour Party Senator Annie Hoey also offered her sympathy.

“Oh my goodness I am so sorry Sinead. Sending light, strength and love to you and all who loved him.”

Best-selling author Shelia O’Flanagan said: “Oh, Sinead. So very, very sorry for your loss. Love to all your family. RIP.”

Businesswoman and television personality Norah Casey wrote to Sinead saying: “Sending you strength and heartfelt sympathies.

“No words can ease your broken heart - will light candles for your lovely son Shane - may he rest in peace.”

Shane’s father was Donal Lunny, one of Ireland's most admired traditional music stars and best known for his roles in Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts.

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this article, contact the Samaritans on 116 123; Pieta House on 1800 247 247 or text HELLO to 50808, a free 24/7 text support service for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis.

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