VIDEO: “A star that shone brightly from the very, very beginning” – President Higgins pays a personal tribute to Dolores O’Riordan #RIPDolores pic.twitter.com/mCUYwfCiRz
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Crowds applaud at Dolores O’Riordan removal in Ballyneety tonight. @3NewsIreland #Limerick @The_Cranberries pic.twitter.com/oYQtwttUBm
— Eric Clarke (@ericgclarke) January 22, 2018
Hundreds of people arrived at Cross’s Funeral Home, Ballyneety, near the star’s Ballybricken home, to pay their respects to the Cranberries lead singer.
The three remaining members of The Cranberries – Mike and Noel Hogan, and Fergal Lawlor – joined O’Riordan’s mother, Eileen, and her five brothers and sister at the funeral home.
The singer’s partner, Ole Koretsky, who also played with O’Riordan in the alt-rock band D.A.R.K., was present.
The singer was laid out in an open coffin with rosary beads around her hands, next to photographs of her meeting the late Pope John Paul II and of her performing with her bandmates.
Family and close friends of Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan accompanied her to her home town church in Co Limerick on Monday night ahead of her funeral.
Candles lit the streets as her coffin was brought to the Church of Saint Ailbe in Ballybricken.
Two hearses, one carrying her coffin and another carrying floral tributes, arrived at the church shortly before 9.30pm.
Among the many wreaths was one from Irish pop group The Corrs.
Earlier, hundreds of people had gathered outside Cross’s Funeral Home in Ballyneety where her remains were in repose.
Irish President Michael D Higgins paid his sympathies to the singer’s family and signed a book of condolence.
After signing one of four books of condolences outside the village funeral home, President Higgins spent fifteen minutes inside privately talking to O’Riordan’s loved ones.
Afterwards, paying tribute to the adored songbird, he said: “I think it’s very important to pay tribute to the contribution Dolores made, and I also wanted to meet her mother Eileen and her fabulous huge family of nephews and nieces who were very important to her.”
“It’s so profoundly sad that someone so young is taken from us, but it’s equally important also to pay tribute to (her) work and music. It is also to the incredible credit of all those who have appreciated the music and the songs and the performances and the band, that they have come out in such numbers to make their tribute. It’s so appropriate and it is generous, and I hope that her family will get all the support hey need.”
“Limerick is very very proud of (her). As her teachers have been saying, she was a star that shun bright from the very beginning, and I wish her peace. Our sympathies go out to her mother Eileen and her family.”
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What an INCREDIBLY sad time – The Cranberries have been a part of my life for donkey years and to see this happen to Dolores is truly heart breaking.World wide fans loved her immensely – feel so sorry for her mum and siblings and her kids .Here in Australia I went to a local Catholic Church this morning to pray and say goodbye to Dolores , but the bloody church was LOCKED .So on the way home I threw her a kiss in the Avenue and thanked her for her fantastic songs and ya know, such a shame the poor soul lost her grip . R.I.P you lovely thing. Regards Paddy …
No more words to say how this is sad. I am so heartbroken.
Growing up in my teens I idolized Dolores always had the stereo on full blast rocking it out in my bedroom heartbroken I never cried for a celebrity before until now dark time for us here in Ireland rest in peace Dolly X
We’re all heartbroken. The Funeral mass was beautiful and heartbreaking. I and Melany were in tears while listening.
Like the priest said she’s a singing angel in heaven now.
An Amazingly sad time for all us fans and the family of Dolores O’Riordan. I know this will take a very long time to be okay again a part of me won’t be the same. Since I was 13 in 1993 I listened to the cranberries and Dolores O’Riordan and I am 37 almost 38 now. I hope we eventually get to hear some rare stuff or get something special maybe there will in the future. I will always treasure them and hope we all stay connected! With love to everyone Dolores and her family and Noel Mike and Fergal
Dolores O’Riordan will be remembered for touching so many lives worldwide! – Thank You Dolly!!! Be at peace now… 🙂
Dolores was s part of me and my life, best part ….. Love You Dear Dolores,forever…