Ruby’s Club, Cruises Royal Hotel (1990.07.14)


  • Ruby’s Club, Cruises Royal Hotel, Limerick, Ireland
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1. Linger
2. Hot Dog Neddy
3. Gringo
4. Sunday
5. New One  (A Fast One)
6. Crown Paint


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  • They Do It With Mirrors (headliners)


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  • The Cranberry Saw Us supporting the band They Do It With Mirrors.
  • Dolores O’Riordan first ever gig with The Cranberry Saw Us – not yet The Cranberries – as new lead singer replacing Niall Quinn.
  • Notice the words written on the hotel sheet that day (Fergal’s writing?).
  • “A Fast One” was the “New Song” on the setlist.
  • “Crown Paint” was the original title of “Chrome Paint”
  • Exact duration is unknown. Probably not more than 30 minutes.
  • Dolores recalls, “I was never into bands at all, I used never go to gigs. The first gig I ever went to was the one I sang at, our own first performance in Cruises’s. I had to ask the band, What do I do?” (Evening Herald, 1994.02.09).
  • There is no photo from the show nor the venue that day. The above photos of the venue were taken in the early 90s.
  • Unfortunately the hotel was demolished in 1991 (see venue’s photo #3) after 200 years of existence to make way for the new pedestrianised street which opened in late 1992. One of the most important place in The Cranberries History has gone forever!
  • In August 2020, Tony Molloy who knew the Hogan brothers and attended this show recalls, “I was there that night with two friends, Pat Foley and Davy Nolan. We knew the Hogan brothers through their father Noel Sr. He was good friends with my father and we all drank in the same small pub in Limerick, Squire McGuires. In the early 90’s the lads used to drop in for a pint. We knew they were in a band one of many around town at the time and that they were looking for a new singer. I remember the day, sitting in the pub on a saturday afternoon watching the football results coming in, Mike told us they had found a new singer, a county woman called Dolores. We thought it was a joke. Who ever heard of a rock singer called Dolores, and a county girl, we reckoned they were turning into a country and western outfit. ( C&W was very popular in Ireland at that time 😉 still is ). So the three of us trundled off down to Ruby’s Night Club for their first gig. There were about 100 people there. The majority for the late drinking. In those days pubs in Ireland closed at 10.30pm on sunday night, but night clubs could serve until 1.30am. To cut a long story short Dolores and The Statues were superb. Whatever about the lads playing ( The Statues ) Dolores could sing. Singing Linger she quietened a rowdy night club like I’d never experienced before or since. I bet you no one can remember who they were opening for that night. I can’t. The Statues!! A nickname for the group for a while around Limerick. The two lads just stood up looked at their boots and played. Dolores spent more time looking at the drummer than the audience. And when she did face the audience she also looked down never really making eye contact. Seriously you would never have thought they would make it except for that voice. It was different ( even for someone used to the Limerick accent 😉 ) . It was great to see them develop into a real group over the next few years. Great days to be around Limerick, great memories. RIP Anne Hogan.”
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  • Related Article · “The Divine Dolores” · Evening Herald (1994.02.09)
  • Special thanks to Tony Molloy
  • …and thanks to the uncredited authors. We don’t know who you are! Contact us if you’d like a credit and tell us which one is your photo/item/stuff.

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