Saturday 20 January 2018

Relief after Dolores' Swat-team terror

Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Dolores O'Riordan's journey home from Canada to Ireland proved to be more eventful than she expected when she got some dramatic news en route to Ontario airport.

The stunning Irish rock star, who lives in Canada, was told by her husband Don Burton that there was a serious incident at their son's school. Don, a former tour manager of Duran Duran, told Dolores that Lakefield College School, an upscale private school in Lakefield, Ontario, was surrounded by armed police.

"There was a swat team, a major lock down," delightful Dolores emailed me on Friday night. "It was freaky. We had no communication from the school. I thought he could be potentially dead."

Dolores, who was returning to Ireland to record an album with her band the Cranberries, turned back and headed straight to Lakefield College when she heard that the police were responding to a call that someone was armed with a gun in the school. Mercifully, it was all a false alarm, although one that lasted for four hours. "I was so relieved when it was all a false alarm," Dolores emailed me a few days later. "Life is more fragile than we think. Count your blessings now."

Once the superstar got over to Limerick to rehearse with her band, she told me that she "went to the local last night in Shannon. It's the same as it ever was. That's what I love about Ireland -- nice, big open fire, familiar faces -- you only really miss it when you move away".

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