Nothing compares to being a mum
SINEAD O'Connor has sold millions of records, won Grammys and enjoyed worldwide success.
But the singer yesterday revealed that being a mum was the best thing that ever happened to her.
The mother-of-four made a rare appearance before the cameras with one of her children, son Yeshua (4), to launch 'National Thank You Day', a fundraising campaign in aid of the Irish Hospice Home Care Programme. Together they wrote their own message of thanks on a giant 'Thank You' card on Dublin's Grafton Street.
"No question, becoming a mum was the best thing that ever happened to me and the most rewarding aspect of my life," said O'Connor, whose other children are Jake (23), Roisin (14) and Shane (6).
On National Thank You Day, which takes place tomorrow, the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is asking people to thank family or friends with cards featuring messages by leading figures from Gabriel Byrne to Seamus Heaney.
Sinead (44) was asked to get involved after a survey carried out by the charity found that those canvassed were most grateful to their mothers "for always being there".
All proceeds from the cards, available from www.thankyouproject.ie and Eason and Dubray bookshops, will go to the children's hospice home care programme.
"I hope when I die I get to go to a hospice," said Sinead. "It's nice to create a place with a peaceful atmosphere, where maybe you can create some way of people enjoying the journey.
"We all have a very negative attitude towards death which I don't think is really accurate."
Meanwhile, Sinead's brother Joe was also lending a hand in Dublin yesterday. The author was joined by his son James (10) for the launch of StorySpark at the Ark cultural centre for children. The season of tales, literature and imagination runs at the Temple Bar venue until December 19.