Dolores O’Riordan Laid To Rest: Mourners Pay Tribute to Cranberries Singer at Funeral

This morning saw crowds of hundreds gather on the streets of Limerick as the funeral of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan took place.

The service took place at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, about 11km outside Limerick city centre and was led by Canon Liam McNamara, a family friend of the late musician. A separate private family burial followed the service.

O'Riordan died suddenly at the age of 46 last week at the age of 46.The cause of her death is not yet known.

During the service several symbols of her life her brought to the church's altar including a guitar, a platinum disc, and an image of Our Lady of Dolours - after who she was named.

Mourners carry the coffin carrying Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan. Credit: PA
Mourners carry the coffin carrying Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan. Credit: PA

Hundreds of people have gathered in Limerick over the past few days with some queuing to see her open coffin in St Joseph's Church where it lay until Sunday afternoon.

Several Irish radio stations simultaneously played The Cranberries' 1996 hit 'When You're Gone' after the midday news in remembrance.

During the service, Canon McNamara said: "It is our sincere prayer that our beloved Dolores is now reunited with her father Terry, her baby brother Gerard, grandparents, relatives and friends, in the presence of the Lord and Our Lady of Dolours in the heavenly kingdom, where there is no more pain or suffering or separations, but only joy and peace for all eternity,

"If tears are shed in heaven - by necessity they are tears of joy. Yes, tears of joy. Following an excellent performance by Dolores in the most important and vital gig of all - the gig of life itself."

A hearse following the funeral of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan. Credit: PA
A hearse following the funeral of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan. Credit: PA

He also said: "Her kind personality and beautiful singing voice earned for her numerous admirers. It must be added that the numbers she rescued from the darkness of depression are impossible to count.

"No words are adequate to describe Dolores or to accurately state the influence for good she has been over the years. She is singing in heavenly choirs."

The funeral procession was led by O'Riordan's three children, Taylor, Molly, and Dakota and the service was attended by her family, her bandmates, and her friends. Her ex-husband Don Burton helped to carry her coffin into the church.

She had been working on a new Cranberries album in the months before her untimely passing and had been expected to have a discussion with the record company about its release while in London.

Eileen O'Riordan (centre) following the funeral of her daughter. Credit: PA
Eileen O'Riordan (centre) following the funeral of her daughter. Credit: PA

She is best remembered for her unique voice and for powerful songs like 'Linger' and 'Zombie'.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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