Saturday 15 December 2018

'I will remember every moment I shared with this beautiful soul' - Bressie leads tributes to Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O'Riordan during the Semi Finals of The Voice of Ireland in The Helix
Dolores O'Riordan during the Semi Finals of The Voice of Ireland in The Helix
Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady

Musician Bressie has paid a heartbroken tribute to "beautiful soul" Dolores O'Riordan.

The Cranberries singer (46) was found dead in the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel on Monday. She had been in the city for a short recording session.

O'Riordan served as a judge on a season of The Voice of Ireland alongside Bressie, real name Niall Breslin.

Sharing a photo of the pair together on stage, the Blizzards frontman said he will treasure every memory he has of her.

Voice of Ireland judges Bressie, Dolores O'Riordain and Kian Egan
Voice of Ireland judges Bressie, Dolores O'Riordain and Kian Egan

"I will remember every conversation and every moment I was lucky enough to spend with this beautiful soul," he said.

Musician and photographer BP Fallon (71) also told of his hurt at hearing of O'Riordan's death.

"I think people will be saddened by it, I'm saddened. It's much too early to die," he said.

His sentiments were echoed by Irish theatre director Garry Hynes, who revealed she had been influenced by O'Riordan's music.


"It was shocking, absolutely shocking. She was so young. It's sad to lose such an influential figure," she said.

"I had never met her, but I had listened to her music and was influenced by her so I was very shocked when I heard."

TV presenter Laura Whitmore shared a photo of herself with O'Riordan, and captioned it with the lyrics "You know I'm such a fool for you" from The Cranberries' hit song, Linger.

Folk singer Finbar Furey said the Limerick woman was a "lovely person" from the few times he had met her over the years, and said Ireland was a sadder place without her.

"She was too young, 46 years old. I couldn't say I knew her, I just met her a few times and, to me, she was always a lovely person. It's always sad when an artist dies, and especially somebody that young," he said.

"She had a lot of fans, people who loved and respected her, and I think she will be sadly missed among musicians. She was a one-off."

Music promoter and co-owner of MCD, Caroline Downey, said she was thinking of O'Riordan's family.

"Saddened to hear the terrible news that Dolores O'Riordan has died. Thoughts and prayers are with her children and family," she said.

Today FM presenter and Limerick woman Muireann O'Connell recalled discovering The Cranberries' music as a teenager, and said the singer represented their home city like no one else.

"I am in utter shock at Dolores O'Riordan's sudden passing. The Cranberries were the first band I discovered without help from my siblings," she said. "I was so proud of everything they did in representing Limerick."

Tipperary singer Una Healy, who was a judge on The Voice of Ireland after O'Riordan left, also expressed sadness at the news.

"We lost a true music legend. RIP Dolores O'Riordan. Thoughts and prayers are with her family."

Musician Jim Corr, of The Corrs, posted on Twitter: "My deepest sympathies to the family of Dolores O'Riordan who tragically passed away today. RIP."

New wave group Duran Duran wrote on Twitter: "We are crushed to hear the news about the passing of Dolores O'Riordan. Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time."

Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox was also among those who paid tribute to the rock star.

In an Instagram picture post of O'Riordan, she wrote: "Truly saddened and shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Dolores O'Riordan. A unique artist, singer songwriter, musician and performer."

American singer Laura Jane Grace, known for founding the punk band Against Me!, revealed that she didn't sleep after learning the news.

"Couldn't sleep last night. I didn't know her but was saddened to hear about the passing of Dolores O'Riordan and lay awake thinking about her. What a talent," she said.

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