Irish leader pays final tribute to Dolores O'Riordan

Funeral for Dolores O'Riordan Opens Three Days of Mourning in Ireland
How Irish radio will pay tribute to Dolores O'Riordan as she's laid to rest
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24 January, 2018

Irish Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly described O'Riordan's voice as "unique, far-reaching and Irish" and added that people would "continue to be touched" by her work.

A recording of Dolores O'Riordan's duet with Pavarotti was played as mourners gathered at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybriken - the same place she sang in the choir as a child.

Family and close friends of Dolores accompanied her to her home town church in Co Limerick on Monday night ahead of her funeral.

A rendition of classic tune Ave Maria, sung by Dolores and Luciano Pavarotti, began the service, before Canon Liam McNamara, a retired parish priest and close friend of the O'Riordan family, told the congregation of the late singer: "Her kind personality and attractive singing voice earned for her numerous admirers". She was then buried privately at Caherelly Cemetery, in a family plot next to her father, who died in 2011.

The singer and mother-of-three enjoyed huge success with the Cranberries in the 1990s with tracks including Zombie and Linger. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Dolores passed away last Monday (15.01.18) at the age of 46.

Photographs of the Irish singer performing and one of her with the Pope, were placed along the church walls.

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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. But by 2003, she, and bandmates Fergus Lawler, and Mike and Noel Hogan were "burned out", and took a lengthy hiatus.

To the children she dearly loved - Donny, Taylor, Molly, Dakota (your father Don).

"If tears are shed in heaven - by necessity they are tears of joy", he said.

Coroner's officer Stephen Earl said O'Riordan was found unresponsive in her hotel room at the Hilton hotel in Westminster, London.

The Archbishop said the star had been a source of inspiration to many young musicians.

"Her gifts have resonated in the lives of many and will continue to do so as her music and her songs will continue to be played and listened to", he added. "Our sympathies go out to her mother Eileen and her family". London's Metropolitan Police told ET last week that the singer's death is not being treated as suspicious.


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