Mourners Pack Street In Tribute To Sinead O’Connor

The New York Times reports:

Sinéad O’Connor lived her life poised between tradition and rebellion. Ireland’s farewell to her embraced both. In keeping with an old custom, her coffin was first carried past her last family home in Ireland, in Bray, County Wicklow.

But many of those who gathered, or who left her tributes, brought a spirit more in keeping with her life as a rebel who took on the establishment — most notably the Roman Catholic Church — and who spoke up for the oppressed. Among the signs left in front of her family home was one that read “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” “GAY PRIDE” and “REFUGEES WELCOME.”

At noon, the cortege reached Ms. O’Connor’s former home on Bray’s seaside promenade. The crowd broke into prolonged applause, with some raising fists in salute. Many were in tears. Then, as the police held the crowd back, the hearse, filled with flowers, was driven to her private funeral, followed by vehicles carrying family members and close friends.

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As you can see in the videos below, the vehicle preceding the hearse bore rainbow flags on the side and back.