RTE star Ryan Tubridy says Sinead O’Connor is ‘doing everything that can be’ in the wake of son Shane’s death

RTE star Ryan Tubridy has said that Sinead O’Connor is “doing the best that can” following the death of his son Shane.

The 17-year-old had battled mental health demons and went missing before Gardai confirmed that he had “died elsewhere”.

Ryan Tubridy updated about Sinead O'Connor


Ryan Tubridy updated about Sinead O’Connor
Sinead with her late son Shane


Sinead with her late son Shane

Host Ryan revealed that he spoke at length with the heartbroken singer and updated fans on what she’s doing during this difficult time.

He said on RTE 1 radio: “Of course, we mentioned on the Late Late Show, Ashling and we mentioned Sinead O’Connor and Donal Lunny’s son Shane, who also did passed away.

“Musicians also want to mark that desperate story. I spoke to Sinead on Saturday.

“She’s doing great under the circumstances but she was very thoughtful sending a song to us here last night or in the early hours of this morning.”

Ryan then said what kind of tune he wanted to play in memory of Shane as well as the late Ashling Murphy.

He said: “She wrote it about her son about two and a half years ago and she said, ‘You can play it if you like.

“Great, it’s a rough edit as she calls it. It’s called A Horse on the Highway.

“I listened to it this morning and it’s a really good song.

“And Sinead is grieving and the Murphy family is grieving today and the country is grieving today.

“I just felt that this song, at Sinead’s suggestion, would be a good song to play as we say goodbye to you today, on this day, because it’s a song about pain. and it’s a song about the loss of a child who passed away too soon.

“This is the horse on the highway.”


Meanwhile, Sinead paid tribute to St Patrick’s Mental Health staff saying her son ‘loves everyone’ there.

The icon’s beloved son The Nothing Compares 2 U – whom she shares with musician Donal Lunny – tragically died by suicide earlier this month at the age of 17.

Heartbroken Sinead recently revealed her son had been battling mental health issues in the months before his death.

And the grieving mother says Shane ‘loves’ the staff member who treated him at St Pat’s.

The singer took to Twitter this morning to thank a woman who came in contact with her son, calling him a ‘lovely scammer’.

The Twitter user said: “I can’t imagine your pain and loss. Shane is definitely the light of your life. His visits in Pat lit up all of us. A lovable scammer with a big heart. Wish I could give you a big hug. “

And Sinead, 55, replied: “Like this. Thanks. Shaney loves everyone at St Pat’s. ”


This is not the first time Sinead has thanked staff at the hospital.

Just last year, she dedicated her memoir, Remeberings, to “staff and patients at St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin”, having spent months there over the past few years, to treat depression.

Speaking at the time about why she dedicated her book to them, she said: “I’ve lived there for the past six years and they love me for my good health.

“They ruined all my ***. It took a lot of time, mental health, and they gave me a leg, but they loved me too. That is why the book is dedicated to them.”

A memorial service to celebrate Shane’s life was held for his family and close friends in Bray, Co Wicklow over the weekend, and funerals were held according to his Hindu beliefs.

“We just said goodbye to our beautiful angel Shaney. Very lovely Hindu ceremony. Shane will love it. He always chants ‘Om. Shanti’.

“I put a couple of fake packages in the coffin for him in case there’s no one in heaven. He’ll love that too. Om. Shanti,” Sinéad said in a Twitter post on Saturday afternoon.

Shane was memorialized at a private service over the weekend


Shane was memorialized at a private service over the weekend

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