Irish singer Enya gave her tragic brother Leon a touching gift weeks before his death, mourners learned at his funeral

SUPERSTAR singer Enya gave her brother a replica of her wedding ring in the weeks leading up to his death.

The musician’s beloved brother Leon Brennan passed away peacefully at his home in Shankill, Dublin, surrounded by his family on Friday.


Enya shared her grief over the death of her beloved brother LeonCredit: AP: Associated press
Enya's brother Leon has sadly passed away


Enya’s brother Leon sadly passed away

His heartbroken family and friends gathered in Gweedore and for his funeral in Meheragallon today.

The gifts were referred to as symbols of Leon’s life, as those who gathered remember him fondly. Leon worked behind the scenes with the Donegal Clannad band for 35 years as the group’s touring and production director.

Four of the Brennan children formed Clannad with their uncles Noel and Pádraig Duggan in 1970 and went on to achieve worldwide fame with Theme from Harry’s Game and In A Lifetime with Bono.


Enya was part of the group in the early 1980s before pursuing a solo career.

Still the best-selling solo artist in Ireland to date, Enya – real name Eithne Padraigin Ni Bhraonain – attended mass.

Speaking at mass, a family member shared a heartwarming story between Enya and her beloved brother Leon.

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As Enya brought a new wedding ring to the altar as a symbol of Leon’s life, it was said, “Leon lost her ring last August. Enya kindly replaced it when she found out where they had bought it. their original rings.

“They blessed it and Anne put it on her finger last Monday.”

The Irish star expressed his “terrible sadness” earlier this week when announcing the tragic death of his brother as fans flooded his comments with support and condolences.

On other symbols of Leon’s life, a family member said: “Matilda brings her glasses. Leon has long resisted buying glasses but eventually succumbed to be able to read the sports pages.

Matthew brings two shirts. A Donegal shirt, representing his passion for his country. And a Gweedore Celtic shirt, representing his involvement with the team in the 70s and 80s. When Leon scored, he was compared to Argentinian footballer Rubén Ayala.


“A laminate, Leon as the tour director was on horseback to make sure the band and team wore their laminate at all times.

“Jeff brings his hat. Leon, when he started his treatment, decided to adopt his pointy blindfold look that everyone loved.”

The family also brought up his cell phone – which Leon was apparently “addicted to” and a bookie was brought up to symbolize Leon’s love for reading.

A photograph of Leon and his wife Anne on their wedding day in March 2000 also arrived on the altar when their relatives described the day as “a beautiful memory of a truly precious day”.

Announcing the deaths of her beloved brothers in a rare social media statement earlier this week, Enya said: “It is with deep and terrible sadness that I must announce the death of my beloved brother, Leon .

“Not only was he my brother, but he was my dearest and closest friend. My love for him will forever remain in my heart.

“I would ask for privacy right now, not just for myself, but for all of my family.”

The family accepts donations to the Irish Cancer Society.

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