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Cranberries dedicate new album to tragic Dolores on anniversary of her death

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Dolores O’Riordan: Singer died last year in a London hotel. Photo: Brendan Gleeson

Dolores O’Riordan: Singer died last year in a London hotel. Photo: Brendan Gleeson

Dolores O’Riordan: Singer died last year in a London hotel. Photo: Brendan Gleeson

The remaining members of the Cranberries have dedicated their new and final album to their tragic frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan.

Dolores's bandmates Fergal Lawlor and brothers Mike and Noel Hogan issued a message on their website saying the most "meaningful" thing they could do was finish the album they had started with her.

The album, 'In The End', will be released later this year, but the first single was due to be released today, Dolores's first anniversary.

Before she was found dead in a London hotel aged just 46, O'Riordan had completed and recorded the vocals to final demo stage on 11 new songs which feature on the recording.

Her bandmates described O'Riordan's death as "devastating and unexpected".

"As time passed, we began to think about how we might best honour our close friend and bandmate. This was a very painful process," they stated on the band's official website.

"It was a very emotional process for us. There were many difficult moments during the recording sessions, particularly the first and last days."

They added: "We would like to take the chance to thank Dolores's and our families and friends and all those who worked with the band over the years. To our fans, who have stood by us for almost 30 years; Thank you, without you, none of this would have been possible...We dedicate this album to our dear friend & bandmate Dolores. She will always be with us in her music."

Today, fans and musicians alike are invited to remember the singer at 'Piano for Dolores', a special day-long event in Ormston House, on Patrick Street in Limerick.

The venue features images of Dolores with the Cranberries, and lyrics from some of their most famous songs. However, the focal point will be a piano, her favourite instrument.

The O'Riordan family will be presented with a special posthumous award at University of Limerick on Friday for the singer's contribution to Limerick's cultural and music scene.

Irish Independent