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Limerick locals gather to pay tribute to Dolores O'Riordan through song

Limerick locals gather to pay tribute to Dolores O'Riordan through song

O'Riordan's distinctive voice filled the building as her songs were softly played throughout the service.

O'Riordan was found dead in her hotel in London last week having travelled there for a recording session with her bandmates.

The Limerick icon will be buried at a private family burial following a funeral at the Church of Saint Ailbe, Ballybricken at 11.30am today.

A long-time friend and a niece brought forward a guitar and a platinum disc award.

The mass was led by family friend Canon Liam McNamara, along with Father James Walton, Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly and Archbishop Dermot Clifford, and attended by thousands, including O'Riordan's ex-husband Don Burton and their children, her boyfriend Ole Koretsky, the Cranberries' Noel Hogan, Ali Hewson, wife of U2's Bono.

"No words are adequate to describe Dolores or to accurately state the influence for good she has been over the years", he said. "May she rest in peace". Dolores passed away last Monday (15.01.18) at the age of 46.

"She possessed a very special singing voice - a talent worth its weight in gold", he said.

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Photo // The Cranberries reunite at Trinity College on January 9, to celebrate Dolores O'Riordan being made an Honorary Patron of the TCD Philosophical Society. Married in 1994, she and Burton had three children, which the singer said was "completely elemental" in her healing process.

McNamara also sent "sincere sympathy" to her fans across the globe, noting, "It's a hard day, not just for Ballybricken, but for the world".

"There she is, sitting at the keyboard, playing and singing with the choir", he said. Yes, tears of joy. "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". A coroner is awaiting test results to determine the cause of death.

"Of course she was a superstar and an inspiration to so many people, not least from Limerick".

Inside, O'Riordan's own songs played quietly, and a floral tribute beside her coffin read: "The song has ended, but the memories linger on".

However, The Metropolitan Police have announced that the singer's death "is not being treated as suspicious".


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