Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan laid to rest in Ireland

He also said: "Her kind personality and lovely singing voice earned for her numerous admirers".

The singer died suddenly on 15 January while staying in London for a recording session, aged 46.

Hundreds of mourners, including stars from the music industry, are expected at the singer's funeral mass in St Ailbe's Church, Ballybricken, today.

Her mother, three children and bandmates Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler attended the service at Saint Ailbe's Church in the small rural County Limerick town of Ballybricken in the south-west of Ireland.

A guitar and a platinum disc award - symbols from a musical career that saw The Cranberries sell over 40 million records, second only to U2 among Irish acts - were brought to the alter. Her good parents (Eileen & Terry), her family, numerous relatives - NO they weren't proud, but very grateful to have such a special daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin.

The singer was renowned for her distinctive voice and the band enjoyed huge success in the 1990s with tracks including Zombie and Linger. "May she rest in peace". She was 46 years of age.


Photographs of the Irish singer performing and one of her with the Pope, were placed along the church walls.

Yesterday in Limerick more than 200 people took to Arthur's Quay park singing along to The Cranberries in her honour. "She is singing in heavenly choirs".

"If tears are shed in heaven - by necessity they are tears of joy", he said. He ended by hailing O'Riordan's "excellent performance in the gig of life itself". An inquest into her death will take place on 3 April.

The London coroner's office is awaiting results of tests to determine what killed the singer, who was found unresponsive in a London hotel room.

Father James Walton will be the chief co-celebrant, alongside Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and Archbishop Dermot Clifford, the Archbishop Emeritus of Cashel and Emly. Her spiritual journey continued in many parts of our world, and yet Dolores remained anchored in Limerick. "Our sympathies go out to her mother Eileen and her family".

However, The Metropolitan Police have announced that the singer's death "is not being treated as suspicious".


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