Sinéad O’Connor: a woman of substance

The singer’s new autobiography is a reminder of what a vital voice she has been during her three and a half decades in the public eye

Sinead O’Connor pictured in 1989: her new memoir is a fascinating read. Picture: Kevin Cummins/Getty Images

Back when I was 19 years old, I scored a ticket, most unexpectedly, to an event that was then the starriest gig on the Irish music industry calendar: the Hot Press Awards in Belfast. Reporting on behalf of the student paper at University College Cork, I turned up at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, desperately excited to be there, convinced I was about to be in the presence of stardom.

Imagine my surprise, then, to ...