Wednesday 13 December 2017

'I love my daughter and she can do no wrong' - Sinead O'Connor's dad defends singer

Sean O’Connor. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins
Sean O’Connor. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins
Sinead O'Connor

Fiona Ellis

THE father of singer Sinead O’Connor has said he admires and loves his daughter and as far as he’s concerned “she can do nothing wrong.”

Sean O’Connor was speaking at The Westbury Hotel tonight at the launch of his first book, a memoir entitled: 'Growing Up So High: A Liberties Boyhood.'


In the memoir he recollects growing up, as one of 13 children, on Francis Street in the unique and colourful district of the Liberties in Dublin’s city centre in the 1940’s.


The 75-year-old said he hadn’t seen his daughter’s latest tattoos which are reportedly on her cheeks.


“I admire and love my daughter and as far as I’m concerned she can do nothing wrong,” he said.


He added that wherever the tattoos are placed is “okay” with him. He said Sinead couldn’t make the launch as she had other engagements.


However, Sinead’s daughter Roisin Waters, (17) made an appearance and said she was proud of her grandfather and was looking forward to reading his memoirs.


Also at the launch was Sean’s son novelist Joseph O’Connor, winner of last years Irish PEN Award for outstanding contribution to Irish Literature, his daughter art-historian Eimear and the youngest sibling, music industry publicist Eoin.


The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn, a family friend, was also there in support of his old friend who he first met in 1969.


Sean said growing up in the Liberties in the 1940’s was a "fascinating experience."


“It was a lovely village atmosphere, people cared about each other, and it was all action," he said.

"There was something to do all day, everyday.”

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