Sunday 24 March 2019

Dolores returns home tomorrow with funeral to be held on Tuesday

The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan pictured last year
The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan pictured last year

Dolores O'Riordan will make her final journey home this weekend, ahead of her funeral next week.

The Cranberries singer will repose in Limerick from tomorrow to allow anyone who wishes to pay their respects to do so.

Her body will lie at St Joseph's Church, on O'Connell Avenue, between 12.30pm and 4pm.

The funeral will take place in her native Ballybricken at 11.30am on Tuesday, with the Mass to be broadcast live on Limerick FM Radio.

She will be buried in a private family ceremony in Caherelly Cemetery where her father Terence is also buried.


The 46-year-old singer was found dead in a hotel room in central London's Park Lane on Monday morning.

An inquest into her death was opened at Westminster Coroner's Court yesterday.

Investigators are awaiting the results of "various tests" to determine the cause of death.

"This lady was staying at a hotel in central London when on Monday, January 15, she was found unresponsive in her room," coroner's officer Stephen Earl said.

"The London Ambulance Service was contacted and verified her death at the scene.

Dolores with Ole Koretsky
Dolores with Ole Koretsky

"Subsequently, the Met Police attended and they determined the death to be non-suspicious."

He added that a post-mortem had now been carried out and the court is awaiting results of various tests.

Coroner Shirley Radcliffe adjourned the hearing until April 3 when a date for the full inquest will be set.

The singer had been in London to record a cover of the Cranberries' hit Zombie with hard rock band Bad Wolves.

In 2014, Dolores split from her husband of 20 years, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton. They have three children together. No family were present at the court yesterday.

However, speaking to local paper The Limerick Leader, her mother, Eileen, said the outpouring of support from the people in their native Limerick had been a "huge source of comfort".

She thanked all those who remembered Dolores this week.

"The people who queued to sign the book of condolence - some of them standing in the rain - it has meant a huge amount to us and has been a great source of comfort," Eileen and her family said.


Her Cranberries bandmates - brothers Mike and Noel Hogan, and Fergal Lawler - have said they were "devastated" by the news, adding "the world has lost a true artist".

Her boyfriend, Ole Koretsky, also paid an emotional tribute.

"My friend, partner and the love of my life is gone. My heart is broken and it is beyond repair," he said.

"Dolores is beautiful; her art is beautiful; her family is beautiful. The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable. I am lost. I miss her so much.

"I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there's no real place for me here now."

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