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Sinéad O’Connor's tragic son Shane to be laid to rest this morning

Ms O’Connor had said her son, who was a Hindu, wanted just his parents to attend his funeral
Sinead O'Connor embraces son Shane

Sinead O'Connor embraces son Shane

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

A service is taking place this morning for tragic Shane O’Connor with just his parents, Sinéad O’Connor and musician Donal Lunny, in attendance.

The 17-year-old, who took his own life last weekend, will be laid to rest following a ceremony at the Newlands Cross crematorium.

Ms O’Connor had said her son, who was a Hindu, wanted just his parents to attend his funeral – a wish he tragically expressed in notes before he went missing from hospital last Thursday.

“Shane was Hindu. So the funeral will be just his mother and father,” she said.

She asked 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."

Sinead O'Connor's son Shane

Sinead O'Connor's son Shane

On Saturday, Ms O’Connor (55) confirmed on Twitter that her “beautiful son” whom she described as the light of her life “decided to end his earthly struggle”.

A missing person search for the 17-year-old was stood down on Saturday after his remains were discovered in Bray, Co Wicklow.

It is now expected that a series of inquiries will get underway. Gardaí are assisting the coroner in preparing a file for the inquest, while the National Review Panel (NRP) - which examines serious incidents including the deaths of children known to child protection services - will also investigate his death.

Meanwhile, an independent review panel will investigate the circumstances surrounding Shane’s death.

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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