Sharon Shannon found love with her late partner’s brother

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Musician Sharon Shannon, 48, has revealed that the man she found love with after the death of her longtime partner is none other than her brother.

Clare’s accordionist is world famous as a star of traditional music, but suffered heartache in 2008 when longtime partner Leo Healy died in his sleep from a heart attack, at the age of 46.

While she had previously spoken of finding love again, she has now revealed that her seven-year-old partner is actually Leo’s brother, Jimmy, and admits that people can find the relationship “weird”.

“For centuries, we were the best friends in the world, then we found each other,” she told Guide RTE. “Now some people think it’s weird, but it just felt natural to us.”

Musician Sharon Shannon has revealed she found love with Leo Healy (pictured), the brother of her longtime partner who died in 2008 of a heart attack

Sharon with her late partner Leo at the Meteor Music Awards in Dublin in 2008, the same year he died

Sharon with her late partner Leo at the Meteor Music Awards in Dublin in 2008, the same year he died

Sharon performed for Bill Clinton in the White House, recorded with Bono and toured with Willie Nelson, and his 1991 debut album remains Ireland’s best-selling traditional music release.

Leo died while Sharon was on tour in 2008, and she believes long-term drugs for Crohn’s disease may have weakened her heart.

After Leo’s death, she has spoken of finding love again in interviews, paying tribute to her partner Jimmy who she allegedly started dating within two years of her brother’s death.

“He’s an absolutely fantastic partner,” she told The Independent. ‘He’s also my best friend. He has a brilliant sense of humor and he makes me laugh every day.

Sharon performs at the Norwich Arts Center.  The world famous musician has performed for Bill Clinton and recorded with Bono

Sharon performs at the Norwich Arts Center. The world famous musician has performed for Bill Clinton and recorded with Bono

Sharon lives in Galway with her seven-year-old partner, Jimmy.  They are believed to have reunited within two years of her brother's death

Sharon lives in Galway with her seven-year-old partner, Jimmy. They are believed to have reunited within two years of her brother’s death

“He’s extremely patient with me and my scats and he’s always 100% reliable. He adores his family and is very dedicated and very protective of them. ‘

However, it’s only now that she reveals that the Jimmy in question is actually Leo’s brother.

Her late partner was from a family of 12 and she admits she didn’t know Jimmy very well before Leo died, but the couple became close because of their shared grief.

The happy couple live with the menagerie of pets of animal lover Sharon

The happy couple live with the animal lover Sharon’s menagerie of pets

Sharon admits she still misses Leo (pictured) and sees him often in her dreams

Sharon admits she still misses Leo (pictured) and sees him often in her dreams

Leo, pictured with three of Sharon's dogs, died of a heart attack in 2008 while his partner was on tour

Leo, pictured with three of Sharon’s dogs, died of a heart attack in 2008 while his partner was on tour

Although she left with Jimmy, she admits she still misses Leo – who worked in accident repairs – and often sees him in her dreams.

“It’s not one to get over, we had a wonderful time together and I still miss him a lot,” she told the Irish Times in 2012.

The animal lover now lives in Galway’s Salthill with Leo, who works at a local pub, and his large pet menagerie.

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