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Mum my hero, says Sharon Corr

By Joanne Sweeney

Singer-songwriter Sharon Corr has said that her mother – who died of a rare form of lung cancer in 1999 – was a hero to her.

On the eve of Mother's Day, the 44-year-old revealed that Jean Corr could have been a successful singer in a different era.

She also urged women not to take for granted the opportunities that they have today.

The wife of Belfast barrister Gavin Bonnar and singer in The Corrs is supporting the Oxfam Ireland Female Heroes campaign.

A new Oxfam survey shows that half of those polled on the island of Ireland named their mother as their personal hero.

Now a solo artist and mother-of-two, Sharon said: "My mother was a beautiful singer. I believe if she had had half the chance she could have really reached for the stars, but she stayed at home and looked after us, and she took great pride in that.

"We've made a lot of strides throughout Ireland – north and south – over the years towards equality between the sexes. But we must never take this for granted, nor forgot the women who made this possible, from the Suffragettes to the feminist movement".

The Oxfam Ireland Ambassador is in the US touring her new album The Same Sun, and said the title track was inspired by a trip to Tanzania with the charity.

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