In the new Limerick Leader from July 14, Dolores’ mother Eileen speaks about her last moments with star. Dolores and her mother are appearing front page (as well as a very young Dolores with the late Archbishop Thomas Morris) plus there is one more page article inside. In shops now or digital edition available by clicking this link. Price: €2.50
UPDATE – 8:30 PM (UTC)
Part of the interview with Dolores’ mother now online, click here.
UPDATE – 15 July
Complete interview with Dolores’ mother now online, click here.
Back from Limerick where some members of the Cranberries World team were privileged and moved to be part of the “I Heart The Cranberries” concert at Dolans where Limerick city paid tribute to Dolores O’Riordan on July 5, 2018.
Ros I Measc Lusanna An Chromchinn
As you may know, the event was organized by Limerick musician Emma Langford, who decided in January, a few days after sharing the stage with Noel Hogan at a charity event for a suicide and self-harm prevention center, that Limerick needed to honour Dolores memory: “after her tragic and untimely death I – among many, no doubt – wanted to make sure a tribute happened here in Dolores’ home town, and it had to be done right”.
All profits from the event went to Adapt House, a domestic violence support service, as well as Limerick Mental Health which was recommended to Emma by Noel Hogan himself as this is a cause he emphasized Dolores would care deeply about.
As announced in a statement from The Cranberries on March 9th, none of the band members were attending the concert at Dolans although they explained they were “touched and honored” that this tribute to the band and their music was taking place:
However, some of the band’s acquaintances attended, as pointed out by Hot Press who noticed that Niall Quinn, original member of The Cranberry Saw Us, was there.
The evening started with an instrumental version of “Zombie” performed by the duo of violinists Maria Ryan & Lucia MacPartlin.
Emma Langford then presented the event before giving the floor to The Cranberries fanclubs, with a small word from our team and a speech by our friends from Cranberries Italia, who, let’s recall, raised over €2,000 for Limerick Learning Hub – again, a project recommended by Noel Hogan – in order to give back to Dolores’ hometown the kindness Dolores gave to her fan community.
Emma was later joined on stage by Hannah Nic Gearailt and Sara Ryan to launch the gig with their performance of “When You’re Gone”, setting an emotional tone for the evening to come…
Watch the video below:
SETLIST & PERFORMERS:
01. Zombie (instrumental) – Maria Ryan, Lucia MacPartlin
02. When You’re Gone – Hannah Nic Gearailt, Sara Ryan, Emma Langford
03. Twenty One – Synead Toomey, Kayleigh O’Brien Music
04. No Need to Argue – Tracy Bruen
05. Dreaming My Dreams – Louise O’Flanagan, Sarah Croker Music
06. Sunday – Claire Heffernan, Hannah O’Brien
07. Yeat’s Grave – NIMF
08. Put Me Down – Jenny McMahon (DeLorean Suite)
09. Linger – The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
10. Pretty – MZKA (Jane Fraser)
11. Animal Instinct – Roisin El Cherif
12. Why? – Susie Q
13. Salvation – Siân Brown Music
14. Ode To My Family – Grainne Hunt Music
15. Daffodil Lament – “The Cranberrinis” Jean McGlynn, Norma Lowney, Jessica Bray, Jean Wallace
16. Dreams – Niamh Farrell (Ham Sandwich)
17. Zombie – all artists
Drums: Shane Wixted
Bass: Lesley-Ann Halvey
Guitar: Eoin Culhane
Guitar: The Danny Lanham Trio
Strings: Strung (Maria Ryan & Lucia MacPartlin)
As shown above, the event was divided in two parts, first one focusing on soft songs with an emphasis on acoustic renditions of the songs as opposed to the second part that saw full band performances of the band’s hits – apart from a barbershop quartet performance of “Daffodil Lament”. Duration, approximately 150 minutes (including the 15/20 minutes break between two parts).
Thumbs up to all the artists for the work done on their arrangements, especially as we remind everyone that they were all volunteering their time for this tribute.
Some songs stood out from the artists’ reappropriation of the original Cranberries songs, such as NIMF’s electronica and ambient version of “Yeat’s Grave” or Jane Fraser’s rendition of “Pretty” sampling bits of an interview given by Dolores, “I Just wanna be Dolores”.
NIMF – Yeat’s Grave
MZKA (Jane Fraser) – Pretty
People will also remember Ann Blake (from The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra) who introduced “Linger” by telling the crowd of her experience singing at Dolores O’Riordan wedding with Don Burton back in July 1994, as Dolores had invited students from her former school Laurel Hill Coláiste – among whom Ann was – to perform for her big day. She was lucky enough to witness Dolores perform “Panis Angelicus” on this occasion.
The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra – Linger
Like a proper Cranberries concert, the gig ended with a fantastic rendition of “Dreams” by the ‘1994 Dolores look-alike’ Niamh Farrell who was later joined on stage by all artists to perform a final, powerful and very emotional version of “Zombie” which the crowd sang along at the top of their lungs to remind, “loud and clear”, how Irish people and worldwide fans LOVE this band.
Watch the video below:
Some cool pictures of the event taken by photographer Dolf Patijn have already been published, click here to see the whole 102-photos album posted on the Facebook account of www.ilovelimerick.com.
Suzie Q – Why?
Roisin El Cherif – Animal Instinct
All artists on stage – Zombie
Major thanks to Emma, the Dolans Pub and the Limerick LGBT Pride for giving life to this event and celebrating the life and music of Dolores O’Riordan & The Cranberries, fans are very grateful for this beautiful – and indeed cathartic – experience.
Also, special thanks to all the fans from Italy, Spain, Sweden, France and Cork who joined us for our preshow fan gathering!
Our memories are her legacy, let’s keep her alive, all together ❤
We’re a couple of days away from the “I Heart The Cranberries” tribute concert that will take place at Dolans in Limerick on July 5th, so for those who will be attending and those who can’t be there, here’s a small recap:
The Cranberries Italia and Cranberries World teams will be meeting at Dolans’ pub at 6pm and invite fans to join us for a preshow fan gathering in order to share our love and memories.
Here’s a link to the Facebook event of the fan gathering.
Feel free to join for a drink at the last minute if you like, we’ll meet inside the pub between 6 to 9pm, it should be easy to find us all – follow the Cranberries flag!
The sold out tribute concert is then set to take place between 9pm to 11pm at Dolans Warehouse – doors opening at 8pm. The Warehouse is a 380 capacity venue located inside the pub, so you have to enter into the pub to access the venue.
More than 20 artists are expected to perform on that night, as seen on the below artwork:
Please note that The Cranberries will not appear and are not in a position to partake in any projects as written in their 20 June 2018 statement.
If everything goes well, The Limerick Lady is hoping that Dolans will allow people to stay for a singsong after the show.
For those who are still looking for tickets, here’s the Tickets buy & sell page where you might find some at the last minute. Make it fast!
We’ll make sure to keep you updated so as to enable those who can’t attend to follow the event.
See you there!
3-4 Dock Road
Tel: 061 314483
The Limerick Lady started to reveal on Facebook the name of the artists that will appear on stage on Thursday as well as the songs they will play that night.
Please stop reading here if you don’t want to get spoiled
For now we know of 12 songs that are going to be played in no particular order:
“No Need to Argue” – Tracy Bruen
“When You’re Gone” – Emma Langford / Sara Ryan / Hannah Fitzgerald
“Salvation” – Siân Brown (aka Lambdancer) backed by the house band
“Ode To My Family” – Grainne Hunt
“Why?” – Susie Q
“Daffodil Lament” – Jean McGlynn / Norma Lowney / Jean Wallace / Jessica Bray
“Yeats’ Grave” – NIMF
“Twenty One” – Synead Toomey / Kayleigh O’Brien
“Dreaming my Dreams” – Louise O’Flanagan / Sarah Croker with string duo Maria Ryan / Lucia McPartlin
“Sunday” – Hannah O’Brien / Claire Heffernan with string duo Maria Ryan / Lucia McPartlin
“Pretty” – Jane Fraser (sampling original audio of Dolores and combining it with live vocals and band)
“Animal Instinct” – Roisin El Cherif
More songs should be revealed in the coming hours…
"Senza Fiato" – Tribute to Dolores O' Riordan by Negramaro yesterday at Stadio San Siro in Milano.
Longer version on YouTube, still from Milano on 27 June 2018:
Complete version recorded on 24 June 2018 at Stadio G. Teghi in Lignano Sabbiadoro:
As read on hotpress.com today, Dolores O’ Riordan’s children were honoured with quarter million dollar check from Bad Wolves yesterday on stage in New York City at Gramercy Theatre.
- Photo credit: Peter McGoran
The official presentation was shared live on video on their Facebook.
You may recognize from right to left Donny Jr, Taylor and Don. The check was also accepted on behalf of their sisters, Molly and Dakota.
We shared a special moment with Dolores O’Riordan’s family tonight in NYC.#ForDolores
Gepostet von Bad Wolves am Dienstag, 19. Juni 2018
A note from the CW Team: This article was shared for the purposes of information only and does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, support, or approval from our team of works by cover artists, including this version.
Two days ago the Catholic Voluntary Secondary School for girls Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ based in Limerick published on Facebook a photo of a bench they unveiled last week as a tribute to their former pupil Dolores O’ Riordan.
Our Comhairle na nDaltaí unveiled a bench in memory of our past pupil Dolores O’Riordan last week. It is placed in our 6th year garden with lyrics of her music to provide inspiration for years to come. Míle buíochas for such a beautiful and fitting tribute.
The bench features three lines in Gaeilge and English: a quote from the song “Ordinary Day” along with Dolores O’ Riordan’s name written in Irish as the school is a school where Irish is the medium of instruction.
1971 DOLORES NI RIORDAIN 2018
ALWAYS BE YOURSELF ALONG THE WAY
LIVING THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF YOUR DREAMS
We do not know yet whether the bench is in a private space reserved for students or if it’s accessible to all who’d like to come and visit. A great tribute, for sure!
TMZ published on their website and YouTube a voicemail audio message Dolores left for label executive Dan Waite on 15 January 2018 at 1:12 AM (GMT) to let him know how Bad Wolves version of Zombie “sounds fucking terribly good“.
Everyone knows TMZ and the sensationalism side, that’s why they’re surfacing this and writing “The Final Voicemail”. The final voicemail, this we can’t really know but for sure some of the very last words said by Dolores just a few hours before she was found dead. Very moving or very disrespectful, up to you!
15 January 2018 – 1:12 AM (GMT)
Irish Mirror just announced this morning that “Dolores O’ Riordan’s long-awaited inquest that was due to start today in court has now been removed from schedule”
They add that
The inquest into the death of the Irish star had originally opened five days after she was found dead, but was adjourned until Tuesday April 3 so the Coroner could await the results of medical tests.
However, an announcement from the coroner’s court revealed there will be no hearing today and that an inquest date is yet to be set.
No reason has been given for the change.
They remind that Dolores was
“staying at a hotel in central London when on Monday 15 January she was found unresponsive in her room.
The London Ambulance Service was contacted and verified her death at the scene.
Subsequently the Met Police attended and they determined the death to be non-suspicious.”
The Limerick Leader reports this morning that official book of condolence signed by 16,000 persons was presented to the Dolores family yesterday in Limerick.
Mayor Stephen Keary with family members – Photos: Adrian Butler
Dolores’ mother, Eileen, joined by Dolores’ brothers, Terry, Joe, and Donal with his wife Stephanie, and Dolores’ niece Katie, told the newspaper:
“I feel so happy that the people of Limerick were so good, and from all over Ireland and the world. I can’t believe the reaction from everybody, the love that poured out, and the support from everybody”
She also commented:
“Getting this book is another step forward. It’s hard, but it’s another step in moving on. I can’t believe that all those names are there, all those people. It’s at home I’ll be thinking of it. And I will read every one of them in my own time”
“I read some of the letters, and everyone says how she helped them through the dark moments in their lives. I really feel she’s happy now. I go to her grave, but I don’t find anything there. I feel that her spirit is around all the time. She was that type of person anyway, she would come into the room, even as a child, and she would grab the attention.”
Mayor Stephen Keary explained this was the biggest book of condolence that was ever presented by the authority.
Our friends from the Italian fan community of The Cranberries are calling out for fans to honour Dolores O’ Riordan by supporting a cause dear to heart.
Indeed, Cranberries Italia is uniting with the organisation Learning Hub Limerick that provides a safe, welcoming and stimulating learning environment for youngsters to reach their full potential. The organisation works with local providers of educational services, families and young people to develop high-level resolutions in responses to situations of educational disadvantage and school drop-out.
As we know, Dolores has shown on more than one occasion how children mattered to her, emphasising the reality in war zones, speaking of children suffering and sickness or environmental injustices.
Cranberries Italia is thus encouraging fans to leave a trace in Dolores city, as a symbol of our passion for her art and generous personality, by supporting the young musical talents of Limerick.
They are raising funds on the below link, which will be running up to June 20th, in order to help Learning Hub Limerick to finance, over the summer, an instructive musical program for the children with a series of songwriting workshops: https://www.produzionidalbasso.com/project/italia-loves-limerick-due-comunita-si-incontrano-in-memoria-di-dolores-oriordan/
The Cranberries World team is happy to support this initiative and encourages everyone to get involved.
Check Cranberries Italia page for more information.
Beautiful tribute to Dolores O’ Riordan in Limerick tonight. “Zombie” blasted out as first tune after fireworks and Dolores’s image projected on King John’s Castle in the heart of medieval Limerick City. For sure a great way to end Saint Patrick’s weekend. ☘
Photos by Limerick.ie on Twitter:
Photo by True Media on Twitter:
Photo by Liam O’Brien on Twitter:
As expected, the “I Heart Cranberries” tribute due to take place on July 5th in Limerick has sold out within a couple of hours.
Congratulations to the organizers and those who will be taking part in the event, you just demonstrated Dolores O’ Riordan will definitely never be forgotten.
Also, The Cranberries themselves have just wrote a small note to show their support to the project, although they confirmed they will not be appearing on the night.
If you’re attending too, let’s make the boys and Dolores proud!
The Cranberries – Facebook
Both Limerick Leader and Hot Press have recently spoken of the “I Heart Cranberries” tribute event due to take place at Dolans, Limerick on July 5th in aid of Adapt House and Limerick mental health service.
More than 20 artists are to be announced in the upcoming days, but Hot Press has already revealed some of them: “Gráinne Hunt, The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, Jane Fraser, Niamh Farrell, Roisin El Cherif, Anne Rynne and Susie Q to name but a handful“
Singer and songwriter Emma Langfort, who’s organising the event, explained to Limerick Leader:
“When Dolores died, everyone was shocked and saddened and we all wanted to do something to pay tribute to her”
“I thought it would be fantastic to hold a massive event that pulled people together from all over the country and that also gave people a chance to come from elsewhere in the world to visit Dolores’ hometown. “
“I dropped Noel Hogan (Dolores’ Craberries bandmate) a message and asked if there was a cause that was close to her heart and he said a mental health organistion would have meant a lot to her.”
Ticket are now on sale on Dolans.ie
[EDIT – 9 March – 2:00pm UTC] SOLD OUT!!!
Yesterday, the Limerick Leader published an article to let the people know that Limerick City and County Council would like to hear on everyone’s idea for a new mural/painting to be placed at one of the city centre’s key spot.
The local authority is seeking ideas from members of the public ahead of commissioning a painting for the gable wall of Speaker’s Corner at the junction of the Hyde Road and the Lower Carey’s Road.
While the building itself has been bought by the Mid-West Simon Community and is being converted into apartments, the Council has been given permission for the mural.
In particular, designers at the Council are seeking ideas for the mural which will have a connection to its location and history.
The mural, to be visible from the People’s Park, will be designed and painted by Bold Details […]
Maria Donoghue, the executive architect with Limerick City and County Council said: “This is a great opportunity for the people of Limerick to get involved in creating new artwork for their city”.
The mural will be unveiled at the beginning of the summer if weather permits it.
While ideas are to be submitted by email to email@example.com or on Twitter using the following hashtag #SpeakersMural, some people are already suggesting to go for a Cranberries/Dolores O’ Riordan tribute.
— LimerickImages (@ImagesLimerick) 5 mars 2018
If, like us, you feel like supporting this idea, we invite you to email or tweet the local authorities to let them know that The Cranberries deserve this spot.
Let’s make it happen #TheCranberriesMural #SpeakersMural !!!
The Limerick Lady and Limerick Pride just announced they’re hosting a tribute event on July 5th at Dolans Pub, Limerick :
“I Heart the Cranberries”:
A loving tribute to the music of The Cranberries in Aid of Adapt House and Limerick Mental Health
A very special concert at Dolans Pub on the 5th of July is the latest in the well-known “I Heart” series which usually takes place at Whelan’s in Dublin and has paid homage to Bowie and Elliot Smith. “I Heart the Cranberries” could of course only take place in the home city of Cranberries’ frontwoman, the late Dolores O’Riordan.
On the night over twenty artists from all over the country will gather to pay tribute to Dolores O’Riordan and the music of the Cranberries – audience members can expect unique renditions of some of the world’s favourite Cranberries songs, with the night culminating in an explosive performance of some of the band’s chart topping anthems, brought to you by our brilliant house band fronted by leading female vocalists from Limerick and beyond.
This event will be a celebration of diversity, women, the LGBTQ community and Irish music at its very best.
Tickets for this event are set to cost only €12 with all profits going to ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services and Limerick Mental Health Association
Doors on the night open at 8pm, and capacity is limited, so book your tickets as soon as they’re available, and get in early on the night.
Link to the Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/820850184752042/
Tickets go on sale on March 9th 2018 @ 10am GMT Dolans.ie
Zucchero has started his “Wanted Italian Tour 2018” last Friday in Zurich, Switzerland.
The Italian singer, who as you know was a friend of Dolores and shared the stage with her a couple of times in the past, published a message on January 15th to express how shocked he was over the passing of Dolores.
We find out today, through a video of yesterday’s concert, that Zucchero is paying tribute on this new tour by playing a beautiful rendition of the song ‘Puro Amore” featuring some pictures of Dolores on the screen.
“Puro Amore” – Live in Zurich (2nd show) – February 24, 2018
Thanks to Cranberries Italia for the info.
This week edition of the Limerick Leader (county edition) features an exclusive and moving interview of Eileen O’ Riordan.
Eileen explains how the family is currently trying to come to terms with Dolores passing, and how they are getting prepared for the Month’s Mind Mass which will be offered this Saturday 24th in Ballybricken St Ailbe’s Church at 7:30pm.
The family uses the occasion to offer thanks for support in past month, and does not fail to include the “many thousands of sympathisers and fans who sent mass cards, flowers and letters of sympathy“.
Limerick Leader/County Edition – February 24, 2018
You can buy the Limerick Leader in stores or order the ePaper version of the newspaper on this link
The CW Team deepest thoughts continue to go out to Dolores family, children, relatives, as well as to her band mates.
Dave Fanning will air a special tribute to Dolores O’ Riordan on RTÉ One this evening at 10:35. For those outside of Ireland you can watch the TV channel on FirstOneTV:
The documentary, simply titled “DOLORES”, focuses on the group’s heyday in the early 90s with archive footage and videos intersected with interviews with Dolores and The Cranberries
Mike, Fergal, Dolores and Dave Fanning
UPDATE – FEBRUARY 20 – 02:00 AM (UTC)
Watch “DOLORES” online on openload
Thanks to irishsoul… always!
Since January 15, we have continued to research, report, and share news and reactions as the world experiences the disbelief and grief surrounding the tragic death of the woman who meant so much to us all. As we have pursued this behind the scenes work here at Cranberries World, we have done so with broken hearts and an indescribable sorrow. It is in that same sorrow now, that we would like to take a moment to share a message from our team.
Cranberries World has become an international community of individuals who represent all ages, backgrounds, lifestyles and experiences; and our team is comprised in that same kind of diversity. Like all of us here, what we share, within our team, is our admiration, appreciation, respect and love for the music, people, memories, and gifts that came into our lives through Dolores O’ Riordan and an unmatched talent that extended beyond her remarkable voice.
The loss of Dolores has devastated our lives more than words can ever express. As each new day comes and goes, we are tormented by the reality that a day has existed without her presence in this world. Our hearts ache at the memories that come into our minds when we see or remember an old photo. Our worlds shatter as we recall experiences at concerts or conversations that some of us were fortunate enough to have shared with her over the last several decades. Then, of course, there is her music. The sharing of her creativity, talent and beautiful voice is how she introduced us into her world.
Through her art, she expressed so many aspects of life. We appreciate that creating through songwriting is often a painful process, yet she worked through any such pain so that she could not only express herself in ways that she believed in, but also in ways that she hoped that we could relate. And relate, we did, as she connected with us through her music, performances, words and personality. She wrote of emotions that ranged from the philosophical to the lighthearted, and delivered her words in beautiful melodies that she crafted with a special type of artistic talent that the world rarely sees.
We understand that the music will indeed be the legacy that she leaves behind. However, we also acknowledge that in addition to losing an incredibly gifted musician, the world has also lost a beautiful soul. We, as fans, had the benefit of experiencing, firsthand, her generosity and kindness. Fans were regularly treated to her attention, authenticity, and affectionate, loving spirit.
She worked hard to give, and made the connections with her audience through her music strong and sincere. Her success, in that regard, will continue to be a driving force in our lives. This, too, is another aspect of her legacy.
Today, as we approach a month since her passing, we remain grief-stricken and shattered.
Words may still be hard to find, and pain unlikely to ease any time soon, but our deepest thoughts continue to go out to her family, children, relatives, as well as to her band mates.
With broken hearts of our own, we extend our sympathies to everyone who visits with us and want to let you know that we are grateful for your support as we all mourn, together.
We do recognise that Dolores left us with an incredible amount of treasures. From the music to the memories, we have all been forever changed by having had Dolores in our lives.
She had given us hope, and was considered by many of us a guiding light.
While we know that everything has changed now that she is no longer with us, we will do our best in continuing the work of Cranberries World, which we hope will honor her life and career, while pursuing to support Noel, Mike, and Fergal, whom we admire and respect greatly.
We appreciate the community that drives Cranberries World and would like to thank every of you for your participation in building this “Crancyclopedia” of ours, that will keep the memories alive.
For Dolores will forever live in our hearts.
The CW Team
— 3News (@3NewsIreland) January 22, 2018
— 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.”
We’re lacking words to describe what we wish we had never seen.
Here’s a few articles describing the first day of mourning :
Thousands of people attended the public reposing of rockstar Dolores O’Riordan in her native Limerick on Sunday
The singer – holding a pair of pearl rosary beads – lay in an open coffin inside St Joseph’s Church in the city. […]
In a tribute normally reserved for Presidents, Popes, and heads of State, O’Riordan’s remains lay in an open coffin in a four-hour public reposing at St Joseph’s Church, in the Treaty City.
O’Riordan’s mother Eileen and her six siblings accompanied her dark wooden coffin into St Joseph’s Church, which was decorated with white roses, photographs of the deeply religious star performing on stage, and of her two separate meetings with the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy said: “It was very moving to be here, to see the generosity of Dolores’ mother Eileen and other family members, not alone in providing this opportunity ahead of the funeral for the public to pay their respects, but for being there also.”
Dolores O Riordans remains have arrived at St Hosephs church O Connell Ave Limerick pic.twitter.com/K20W9CiO2H
— Cathy Halloran (@HalloranCathy) January 21, 2018
Bishop Leahy said: “In blessing the remains of Dolores O’Riordan here in St. Joseph’s Church in Limerick today, I am conscious that, while millions across the world have been shocked by the sad news of her death, today is Limerick’s public moment to bid farewell.
“We come to offer a heartfelt greeting to a deeply loved and cherished daughter of Limerick, a talented representative of the potential of Limerick people and a convinced advocate of living life in truth, love and peace.
“As we file pass her coffin, let’s remember God’s love and mercy and pray for her, her family and those she loved and helped in life.
“Dolores appreciated the value of spirituality in our lives. She made her First Communion in this church and was confirmed here. She attended the nearby An Mhodh Scoil (Model School) and Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ school. Her spiritual journey continued in many parts of our world, and yet Dolores remained anchored in Limerick. We can be grateful to Dolores’ family for choosing this beautiful church as a venue for her lying in repose.
“Today as the Limerick people she greatly loved come to pay their respects, let us pray for Dolores: ‘May the angels lead you into paradise; and take you to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem, where there will be no more tears, no more death or pain, for the time of heavenly singing has come’.”
Some of the singer’s greatest hits played out in the church while mourners, stood in silence and remembered her in their own personal way.
Others, who were inconsolable in their grief, wept and hugged one another
A floral tribute left next to the singer’s coffin, from her Cranberries bandmates – brothers Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawlor – read: “The song has ended, but the memories linger on.”
Her voice filled the building, her band’s songs softly playing in the background throughout the service, as a floral tribute beside the open coffin read: “The song has ended, but the memories linger on.” Along the walls, photos of O’Riordan were placed, including one of the singer posing with the Pope. Four books of condolence were also open for mourners to sign.
LAID out in an open casket with the motif of Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross carved into the oak at either end, a set of pearl rosary beads are threaded through the fingers of iconic rock star Dolores O’Riordan as she lies in repose at St Joseph’s Church in Limerick city this Sunday.
The body of the 46-year-old mother-of-three arrived in a hearse at the church on O’Connell Avenue at 12.10 under grey clouds.
“It’s very sad. The coffin is open – I’m not sure if people were expecting that and she looks so tiny – very peaceful, at rest,” comments Sheila Deegan, Arts and Culture Officer, Limerick City and County Council, on the steps of the church.
Undertakers from Cross’s Funeral Home stand vigil around red ropes which keep mourners a respectful distance from the remains of the global superstar who hailed from the small townland of Ballybricken.
Even death can’t dim the superstar quality of Dolores. A black glittery top peeps out from behind the frills of the casket’s shroud. Dark eyeshadow matches her raven hair. In front of the altar mourners bow their heads. Some say a prayer, some beat their breast, many a tear is shed.
Her coffin was carried inside accompanied by her mother and family members.
Friends and relatives carried white roses as they entered the Church.
At 1pm her mother Eileen and her six siblings left the church after spending an hour with mourners.
Mourners said silent prayers in front of the open coffin, with many shedding tears as they said their goodbyes. Others visibly broke down as the left the church.
Mourners from all over the world also gathered to pay their respects.
Link : https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/the-song-has-ended-but-the-memories-linger-on-mourners-queue-in-rain-to-say-private-farewell-to-cranberries-dolores-oriordan-36513124.html
9pm RTE News shows the band carrying the coffin outside the Church, greeted with applause.
Schedule will thus be as follows:
Sunday 21st – 12:30pm to 4pm, public reposal @ St Joseph’s Church, Limerick
Monday 22nd – 4pm to 8pm, reposal @ Cross’ Funeral Home, Ballyneety
Tuesday 23rd – 11:30am, private funeral and burial reserved to extended family and close friends @ Church of Saint Ailbe, Ballybricken
Funeral mass will be broadcast live by Limerick FM Radio and should be available for all fans worldwide to watch on a “public address system that will be set up” (streaming website?).