- Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. 
- She made news in 1990 when she refused to go onstage after "The Star Spangled Banner" was performed at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey.
- Caused a huge international stir when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, live, on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) (on October 3, 1992), while shouting "Fight the true evil!" after singing an a capella version of Bob Marley's "War". Almost immediately, NBC received over a thousand phone calls with complaints.
- Children: Jake (b. 1987), Roisin (b. March 1996), Shane (2004)
- Married Nick Sommerlad, a British journalist, in July 2001.
- Once worked as a "Kiss-O-Gram" girl in Dublin.
- When she won a Grammy in the Best Alternative Music Performance category for "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" (1990), she refused to accept it making her the first recording artist to rebuff N.A.R.A.S. Thus, the title of the song became somewhat prophetic
- Ranked #35 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
- Had a bitter three-year battle with ex-boyfriend, Irish journalist John Waters, for full custody rights of their daughter Roisin. The singer decided to turn over the baby to her father, just four days after she attempted suicide by swallowing 20 valium tablets. 
- Her son Shane was born March 10 2004, sharing a birthday with his father, musician Donal Lunny.
- In 2003, announced she had fibromyalgia, a illness known for causing incredible fatigue. This was a factor in her retirement from music.
- Retired from music in 2003 to raise her three children, but announced in February 2005 that she was returning to the business.
- Was ordained as a Latin Tridentine Church priest by a rebel bishop; her adopted religious name was Mother Bernadette Mary.
- A few weeks after her notorious Saturday Night Live appearance, she appeared at a benefit concert with Kris Kristofferson. When her name was announced, the crowd responded with what appeared to be a dead-even split between cheering and booing. Due to this rare reaction, she immediately scrapped her scheduled song (the keyboardist started playing and she waved for him to stop, which he did) and sang "War" again (the song she sang on SNL), then left the stage and broke down crying in Kristofferson's arms.
- Is expecting her fourth child, due Christmas Eve 2006, with partner Frank Bonadio.
- Expecting fourth child, first with partner Frank Bonadio, due Christmas Eve 2006.
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