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Friday 19 April 2019

'Name square after Dolores' - mayor

Singer Dolores O’Riordan
Singer Dolores O’Riordan

Limerick Council is to open talks with the family of Dolores O'Riordan over plans to build a memorial to the singer in her home city.

Her mother, Eileen O'Riordan, said she would like to see a lifesize statue of the former Cranberries front woman, who died a year ago this week.

"It will be there when we are all gone," she told the Herald.

Meanwhile, metropolitan mayor Daniel Butler wants to name the city's new centre civic square after the vocalist.

He would also like to see a stone carving of the sofa used on the group's album covers in the square, which will be at the heart of the city's newest district.

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"It would make it an interactive place where fans could sit and get their picture taken," he said.

The square is set to open next year at the heart of Limerick's €180m Project Opera development.

It will provide a space for gigs and other artistic events, with the University of Limerick also expected to have a presence there.

Mr Butler feels this makes naming the square after Dolores even more appropriate.

"If UL are coming in on that site, there is the context of young people at the site, there is the context of young people there, the library and all the civic activities.

"In that context, naming the square after her would tie the idea together beautifully. It would be a great legacy."

Mr Butler urged patience from the public to allow Dolores's family and bandmates to decide.

"I think core to our motivations is a desire, and indeed a need, to honour a truly unique and talented Limerick woman who with her bandmates put Limerick on the global map and brought so much joy," he said.

Fans have flocked to Limerick from across the world this week to remember Dolores.

A special event in Ormston House in Patrick Street has allowed them to pay their own personal tributes.

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