- 17 Jun 22
The iconic Irish singer was previously scheduled to play several Irish headline shows and festivals this summer.
In a statement issued by her management this morning, it was announced that Sinéad O'Connor will not be performing any live shows over the course of 2022, following the loss of her son Shane in January of this year.
The Irish singer was originally set to play a string of gigs and festivals over the months ahead – including Live at the Marquee, Cork (June 19); Iveagh Gardens, Dublin (July 17); Galway International Arts Festival (July 24); and All Together Now in Waterford (July 29).
"We would like to respectfully announce that due to continuing grief over the tragic loss of her beloved son Shane earlier this year, Sinead O'Connor will not be performing live in 2022," O'Connor's management company, 67 Management, wrote in the statement. "This has not been an easy decision for Sinead but a decision she has had to make for her own health and wellbeing at this time.
"We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Sinead's worldwide agency ICM who have handled this with the utmost respect and dignity and have worked tirelessly.
"We would also extend our gratitude for the continuing support and understanding of local and international promoters.
"Thank you also to Sinead's friends and fans whose support and understanding we hold in the highest esteem throughout this period. The love being shown has been a source of great comfort and peace for Sinead."
O'Connor's son Shane was aged 17 when he died tragically earlier this year.
"My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God," she wrote on Twitter following his death. "May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.”
In response to the news, Galway International Arts Festival have stated: "The entire team at the festival are thinking of Sinéad at this difficult time."
#GIAF Update: it has been announced that due to continuing grief over the tragic loss of her beloved son earlier this year, Sinead O'Connor will not be performing live in 2022.
The entire team at the festival are thinking of Sinéad at this difficult time.https://t.co/mQVK62G3UA
— Galway International Arts Festival (@GalwayIntArts) June 17, 2022