Sinead O'Connor

Lock-hards were a fixture of Dublin life for decades. They would shout unsolicited parking advice, hoping for a fee. Peaked caps lent them a spurious air of authority

Sinéad O’Connor is an Irish singer who won fame with her cover of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. She has often been a figure of controversy, expressing strong views on organised religion and women’s rights, most famously tearing up a picture of Pope John Paul II on US television. A Dubliner is someone who loves to remind you that Sinead O’Connor once worked as a waitress in the Bad Ass Café.

With thanks to Leslie Doyle for Bill Doyle and Lilliput Press.

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