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Sunday 17 December 2017

Sinead's sister gets in the picture for new album

Sinead O'Connor: 'Home'
Sinead O'Connor: 'Home'

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

IT'S a family affair.

Sinead came up with the tunes. Her brother, novelist Joseph O'Connor, has written the sleeve notes.

And now Sinead O'Connor has turned to an image created by her sister, renowned artist and Trinity art historian Dr Eimear O'Connor, for the cover of her new album.

'Home' is due out in June and will feature a number of recordings done in New York and London over the past year.

But the cover comes from an oil painting called 'Ancient Circles' which her sister Eimear based on ancient stone circles in Loughcrew, Co Meath.

"I wanted to use this image by Eimear because it really caught my eye and she's a brilliant artist. I also think it would be nice to keep it in the family," Sinead said.

Although acclaimed for her work as an artist, Dr O'Connor also lectures in Trinity on Irish art history.

"Sinead's album is called 'Home' and as these stone circles are all about ancestry, so it seemed quite appropriate," she said.

The 45-year-old said she was "surprised and delighted" her sister was going to use one of her works -- part of her 'America Series' -- on the sleeve.

"I'm hugely flattered, who wouldn't be? It's a lovely thing for Sinead to do and I gave her the image and it's being photographed this week."

'Star Of The Sea' author Joseph (49) makes reference in the sleeve notes to the games of hide and seek they played as children growing up in Dublin.

All three siblings are due to pose for the cameras this morning to promote Joseph's novel 'Ghost Light', the choice for the 2011 'Dublin: One City, One Book' festival.

Irish Independent

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