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'Stress of marriage split may be behind Dolores breakdown' - mum

THE mother of Dolores O'Riordan has revealed that her daughter is separating from her husband after 20 years of marriage.

Eileen O'Riordan said Dolores is in a "very vulnerable" state and is under the care of a psychiatric doctor at an undisclosed location in the country.

"She is going through a marriage separation at the moment. That's hard for anyone," said Eileen, who lives in Ballybricken, Co Limerick. Dolores married Don Burton, a former tour manager of rock band Duran Duran, at Holycross Abbey, Tipperary in 1994.

The 43-year-old Cranberries lead singer was arrested at Shannon Airport on Monday in connection with alleged assaults on a flight attendant and a garda on board a transatlantic flight from JFK airport in New York. She was later brought to hospital and then released into her mother's care.

Eileen first became aware of the incident on Monday morning after her son received a call.

"I was expecting her, getting her breakfast ready," she recalled. She had spoken with her daughter on Sunday.

"She rang on Sunday to say she was coming. She was OK then but she wasn't herself. She wasn't Dolores. She would hide it from me. If I asked 'are you sleeping?' she would say: 'Oh I am, I am.'

While Dolores, a mother of three, is "doing much better", she failed to recognise her mother when Eileen arrived at Shannon garda station.

Eileen said medical results indicated there was no alcohol or drugs detected in her daughter's system.

"Dolores was inside in a room, she was lying on the floor, curled up. She had her head covered and her face covered up. She was trying to protect herself. I gave her a hug. I tried to talk to her. She didn't realise I was there at all. I put Lourdes water on her," Eileen told the Limerick Leader.

"I was waiting for it, hoping that it wouldn't happen in New York. It would be awful because she wouldn't have the support there. She is suffering from lack of sleep over the weeks and her brain is racing all the time. She was working in New York producing a new album."

"When she was in New York she kept saying 'when I go home to my mother in Ireland, I will be fine'.

While the singer continues to receive medical attention, Eileen said "she is a lot better than what she was, thanks be to God".

"She was so bad when I saw her first in Shannon," Eileen recalled. "She is under the care of a psychiatric doctor at the moment, a very nice lady.

She said that Dolores speaks on the phone to her children; Taylor (16), Molly (13) and Dakota (9) who are currently with their father Don Burton in Canada.

"They just know that mommy isn't well at the moment," said their grandmother.

Reflecting on the alleged air rage incident itself, Eileen said Dolores was being hassled on the flight for autographs.


"She had two glasses of wine with her dinner when she started off but she had no alcohol or drugs in her system. That is completely clear.

"She was accompanied by a producer and songwriter. I believe there were people hassling her to sing and for photographs on the plane. She just lost it."

Flight attendant, Carmel Coyne, who also received medical attention at University Hospital Limerick, is a friend of Dolores according to her mother.

"She is a very nice girl. She knows her for years. Dolores just lost it and got up and walked on the girl. She (Dolores) had big old boots on her."

Eileen said the general public, including the gardai, have been kind and respectful of her daughter at this difficult time.