Thousands expected to pay respects to Dolores O'Riordan on Sunday
Large crowds of mourners are expected to descend on Limerick, Sunday, to pay their respects to native rock star Dolores O’Riordan, who died suddenly in London last Monday.
The body of the 46-year old mother of three will lay in repose in St Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick, from 12.30pm-4pm.
Her body will later be taken to Cross’s Funeral Home, Ballyneety, located near her Ballybricken home, where she will lie in repose Monday from 4pm-8pm.
Her funeral mass will take place 11.30am, Tuesday in St Ailbe’s Church, Ballybricken followed by a private burial in Caherelly Cemetery, where the Limerick songbird will be laid to rest beside her late father Terrance, who died in 2011.
Ms O’Riordan was discovered in her hotel room at the Hilton in Park Lane, central London by cleaning staff last Monday.
An inquest into her death, opened at Westminster Coroners Court last Friday, and was adjourned to April.
Police have ruled out foul play.
In 1990, O’Riordan replaced Niall Quinn - who went on to play drums with Limerick band The Hitchers - as The Cranberries lead singer.
The band, featuring brothers Noel Hogan (lead guitar) and Mike Hogan (bass) and Fergal Lawlor (drums) went on to sell over 40 million records.
The bands biggest hits “Linger” and “Dreams” were originally recorded by their first manager Pearse Gilmore, who also ran a local recording studio, Xeric Studios.
Speaking from his home in Montpelier, France, Gilmore said O’Riordan’s death as “incredibly sad”.
“I was totally shocked, it came completely out of the blue. There was no warning at all. It's very shocking for such a fantastic artist to die so young,” he added.
He described O’Riordan and the rest of the band as “amazing” to work with.
“I managed them for a year and a half at the very start. My memories of it are that the whole gang were amazing people. They were so down to earth, so rooted, and very natural people.”
“A lot of people in the music business can be frauds or fake and they want to be stars, but the guys and Dolores - maybe they wanted to be stars - but it was in a much more natural organic way.”
“They were able to simply write songs that worked really well without having to labour them.”
Gilmore also recorded the band’s first EPs, “Nothing Left At All” and “Uncertain”.
He added: “We did a lot of playing around in studio with water and sounds stuff. It was really interesting.”
“Dolores’ boyfriend at the time, Mike O’Mahony - he was a singer as well - and he had a lot of nice ideas in the studio, and we had a lot of fun doing “Linger” and “Dreams”. It was really really nice.”
The band eventually took on a new producer for their debut album, which ended up being recorded in the UK, and Gilmore later stopped managing them.
He said his favourite Cranberries song is “Ode To My Family”.
“The lilt in Dolores’ voice is incredible on it, beautiful. That's the other thing about her, the fact that she had a strong (Co Limerick) accent, and she kept it. I loved that she kept the accent so strong,” he said.
“My abiding memory of Dolores is that she was great craic and she was a really fun person to be around.”
“She had a really high energy, like she was plugged into something… She was sound.”