The wake for The Cranberries thespian Dolores O’Riordan has taken place in Limerick where friends and family collected to contend their goodbyes.
The Saint Ailbe’s Catholic church was packaged to the rafters with mourners, with the service commencement with a recording of Ave Maria sung by Dolores and Luciano Pavarotti.
Canon Liam McNamara recalled his first confront with the singer, saying: ‘My first assembly with her was in 1989. The memory is indelibly created on my mind. There she is, sitting at the keyboard, personification and singing with the choir in this lovely church of Saint Ailbe…
‘She hexed a very special singing voice – a talent worth its weight in gold. Intelligent girl that she was, she knew good that she should rise and use that talent. She also knew the talents were given by almighty God to be used easily for the advantage of others.’
Dolores’ God children gave a reading, while her mother Eileen, her 3 children, Taylor, Molly and Dakota, and their father, O’Riordan’s ed husband Don Burton were at the service.
Her bandmembers were also there to compensate their respects, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler.
At the finish of the service the Cranberries’ strain When You’re Gone was played.
O’Riordan was then taken from the church to be buried beside her father in a private ceremony.
Dolores was found passed in a London hotel room on Jan 15. While her death is being investigated, police have pronounced it is not deliberate suspicious. An inquisition conference has been shelved until 3 Apr while they wait results.