Dolores O’Riordan: public reposal in Limerick on Sunday

Private funeral to take place on Tuesday for The Cranberries singer

Irish Times Culture Editor Hugh Linehan looks back at the life of Dolores O'Riordan, the shy Limerick girl who went on to achieve global success as a songwriter and lead singer with The Cranberries.


The funeral of The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan will take place next Tuesday in Limerick.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to pay their respects on Sunday, January 21st, when her body will lie in repose at Saint Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick, from 12.30pm to 4.00pm.

O’Riordan’s remains will also repose at Cross’s Funeral Home in Ballyneety, Co Limerick, on Monday, from 4pm followed by removal at 8pm to Saint Ailbe’s Church, Ballybricken.

Father James Walton, parish priest of Ballybricken & Bohermore, Co Limerick, in the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly, confirmed the funeral would take place the next day, Tuesday, January 23rd followed by private family burial.

An inquest in London heard a number of tests have been carried out to establish the cause of the death.

The Limerick woman was found dead aged 46 at a hotel on central London’s Park Lane on Monday morning.

At the opening at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Friday, coroner’s officer Stephen Earl said: “This lady 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.”

He continued: “A postmortem has now been carried out and the court is awaiting results of various tests that have been commissioned.”

Coroner Shirley Radcliffe adjourned the hearing until April 3rd when a date for the full inquest will be set.

The singer had been in London to record a cover of Zombie, one of The Cranberries’ biggest-selling songs, with hard rock band Bad Wolves.

Her bandmates – Noel Hogan, Fergal Lawler, and Mike Hogan – said they were “devastated” by the news, adding “the world has lost a true artist”.

In 2014, O’Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton. They have three children together.

No family were present at the court.

O’Riordan, from Friarstown, Kilmallock, Co Limerick, was renowned for her distinctive singing voice and The Cranberries enjoyed huge success, particularly in the US in the 1990s, selling more than 40 million records. – PA