Cranberries star says farewell to dad who loved life
BANDMATES of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan rallied around her yesterday at her father's funeral Mass.
Terry O'Riordan (74) died at his home last Friday and friends and neighbours of the O'Riordan family gathered at Ballybricken Church, Co Limerick, to pay their respects.
Mr O'Riordan fought bravely against cancer for almost six years before his death.
Ms O'Riordan, who now lives in Ontario in Canada, was with her father and family in Limerick when he died. She was joined at the church yesterday by her bandmates Fergal Lawler and Noel and Mike Hogan.
Ms O'Riordan arrived for the ceremony with family members some 30 minutes before it began and was seated inside the small church alongside her mother Eileen, brothers Terence, Brendan, Donal, Joseph and PJ, and sister Angela.
Canon Liam McNamara led the service and paid tribute to Mr O'Riordan, whom he described as "a very gentle, kind person and a peacemaker".
A deck of cards, an accordion, a 'Laurel and Hardy' DVD and garden tools were among the gifts presented to Canon McNamara as reflections of Mr O'Riordan's life.
A family photo was placed near his coffin and floral tributes read: 'Grandad', 'Husband' and 'Dad'.
Canon McNamara said Ms O'Riordan's father used to laugh a lot in life.
"I am quite sure he is laughing with joy in heaven now. It is a very noble quality to be filled with joy. With Terry, there was a time for everything -- laughter, enjoyment, recreation and playing the accordion," the priest said.
He recalled that the talented musician used to entertain all with his accordion on bus trips home from many pilgrimages to Knock.
Canon McNamara said Mr O'Riordan was very thankful and appreciative to those that were with him and helped him in his last hours. Don Burton -- husband of Ms O'Riordan and former tour manager with Duran Duran -- spoke briefly before the final journey to the nearby Caherelly cemetery.
Mr Burton said he had the privilege of knowing Terry for 20 years.
"I'll miss the sound of Terry. Terry loved life and loved playing the box (accordion)," he said.
"Most of all, he loved his wife Eileen, seven children and 2,000 grandchildren," Mr Burton said to the laughter of mourners gathered inside the church.
Next February, the Cranberries will release their eagerly anticipated album entitled 'Roses'. It is their sixth album and their first in 10 years.
The following month, they are due to tour Australia.