Wednesday 17 July 2019

Fans of Dolores O'Riordan listen to new single 'All Over Now' at Limerick memorial on first anniversary

Sadly missed: The late Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan. Photo: David Conachy
Sadly missed: The late Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan. Photo: David Conachy
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

AS the soaringly sweet sound of Dolores O’Riordan’s voice filled the air, her loyal fans bowed their heads and listened. It was their first time hearing the new Cranberries single, All Over Now – and for some it was ‘a bit eerie’.

The 'Piano for Dolores' event at Ormston House in Limerick marked a year since the star’s untimely death at the age of just 46.

From the first note, the classic ‘Cranberries’ sound was unmistakable – and Dolores’ voice still sounded so youthful, as she sang the poignant chorus: “Do you remember….it’s all over now.”

With fans of The Cranberries descending on Limerick to mark the first anniversary of the singer’s passing, an ‘open house’ session all day long at Ormston House is allowing fans to share their memories of the hugely talented vocalist and sit in reflection to listen to musicians perform the songs that made her famous.

Local musician Mark O’Connor, Ennis Road, and self-confessed Dolores super fan Stefania Bardi, teamed up with Limerick Mayor James Collins and the council’s arts office for ‘Piano for Dolores’, to show that the city is still thinking of the late rock star.

The focal point is a piano because it was her first and favourite instrument – and because nobody’s voice could come close to producing Dolores’s iconic sound, Mark explained.

Originally from Sardinia, Stefania revealed that it was Dolores who put Limerick on the map for her as a teenager after seeing her on an Italian TV show in the mid 1990s. And when her sister moved to Limerick, Stefania did not hesitate in joining her, moving over in 2015.

“I love it here – it is home now,” she said, adding that it is “a very welcoming place, full of great musicians, with great atmosphere and characters.”

“I passed Dolores on the street many times,” she said. “But I never stopped her. This was her private time. I did not want to disturb her.”

Read more: Listen to The Cranberries' new single 'All Over Now' from final album 'In the End'

The last time she saw her was a week before Dolores’ death and she even made eye contact with her – but still she did not stop her.

“I regret that now,” said Stefania, saying that when she heard the sad news she was completely shocked.

Stefania and Mark performed a moving rendition of Dreams to begin the event, with Stefania admitting that she found it very emotional.

Mark explained that he had the idea of the Piano for Dolores memorial because he felt she should be remembered in a way that is ‘vibrant and living as she loved life’ – rather than just a statue.

And he pointed out that Dolores O’Riordan is still absent from the Irish music ‘Wall of Fame’ in Temple Bar.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous and it shouldn’t be up to me to say it so hopefully they will rectify that,” he said.

Read more: Gerry Ryan's 2002 interview with Dolores O'Riordan and The Cranberries is poignant, revealing and funny

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