SNAP Mourns the loss of Sinéad O'Connor

(For Immediate Release July 26, 2023)

It is with great sorrow that we have received news of the passing of Sinéad O'Connor, a renowned vocalist, activist, and composer.  Despite the extensive knowledge about Sinéad O'Connor's life, her achievements extend beyond her musical contributions and vocal activism against social injustices. Furthermore, she played a significant role in providing valuable inspiration and strong impetus for individuals engaged in advocating for the welfare of children and combatting institutional abuse, as well as addressing issues of secrecy and concealment.

‘Sinead O’Connor wore the anguish of victims of clergy abuse, and it seems as though she knew in 1992 the horrors that hadn’t yet been revealed. Ultimately, she relieved the pain of tens of thousands of victims with rebellion. We at SNAP mourn with the world.’ Mike McDonnell, Interim Executive Director-SNAP

We are still in awe of the significant power she held while also harboring profound emotional distress. Her journey was characterized by solitude, obscurity, and challenges, a path that is often shunned by individuals but ultimately leads to the process of healing.

Sinéad played a crucial role in tending to the injured, safeguarding the susceptible, and pursuing truth and justice, but she has now passed away. However, should individuals who are dedicated to protecting children neglect to acknowledge and honor her brave, devoted, and contentious standing, and heighten endeavors to eradicate disgusting child sexual offenses, the depth of this tragedy will only grow graver.

Sinéad O'Connor's passing is a tremendous loss for the music industry and the global community. Her voice, both literal and metaphorical, will be sorely missed. As we mourn her untimely departure, let us remember her as a trailblazer, a visionary, and a true champion for the voiceless.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Sinéad O'Connor's family, friends, and fans during this difficult time. May her legacy continue to inspire and ignite change in the world.


CONTACT:  Mike McDonnell, Interim Executive Director ([email protected] 267-261-0578) Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board President, (814-341-8386 [email protected])

 (SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 35 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is


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