Tuesday 16 October 2018

President Higgins to have private meeting with Dolores O'Riordan's family ahead of removal service

Mourners, many in tears, queue to pay their respects to Dolores O’Riordan at St Joseph’s Church. Photo: PA
Mourners, many in tears, queue to pay their respects to Dolores O’Riordan at St Joseph’s Church. Photo: PA

David Raleigh

President Michael D Higgins is expected to meet the family of Dolores O’Riordan ahead of the rock star’s removal service in Ballyneety, Co Limerick this evening.

President Higgins is due to meet the family privately a spokesman for the President confirmed.

A major garda traffic management plan is being prepared around Ballyneety village, Co Limerick, ahead of the removal service this afternoon of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, who died suddenly last week.

The Cranberries lead singer was found dead in a London hotel last Monday. Police quickly ruled out foul play, and a full inquest into the cause of death of Ms O'Riordan's death will take place at Westminster Coroners Court in April.

Yesterday, thousands of people attended a public reposing of the the mother of three, at St Joseph’s Church in Limerick city.

Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend the singer's removal service in Ballyneety from 4pm-8pm.

A garda traffic management plan is to start from 2pm with funeral parking only permitted on approach roads to the village.

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"The removal service and funeral of Dolores O’Riordan, formerly of the Cranberries will repose at Cross’s Funeral Home, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick on Monday, 22nd. January 2018 from 4pm to 8pm. A large crowd is expected to attend and a traffic management plan will come to effect from 2pm today, Monday, 22nd. January 2018," gardai posted on the official Garda Facebook page.

"Motorists are advised to expect long delays on the R512 in the vicinity of Ballyneety Village and should use an alternative route if possible. Outbound traffic on the R512 from Limerick City will be diverted onto the N24 Tipperary Road at The Four Elms Bar. Inbound traffic from Kilmallock and Bruff to Limerick City will be diverted to the R511 Fedamore Road at The Hunting Lodge Bar. All diversions will be signposted."

Ms O’Riordan’s remains will be brought from the funeral home to St Ailbe’s Church, Ballybricken at, 8pm for the singer's funeral mass tomorrow at 11.30am.

"Funeral parking will not be permitted at Ballyneety Village but those attending will be permitted to park on approach roads to the village. A one-way system will operate on the approach road to St. Ailbe’s Church, Ballybricken, Co. Limerick on the evening of Monday 22nd. January 2018 and from 9am on Tuesday, 23rd. January 2018 for the Requiem Mass," gardai stated.

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