Dolores O’Riordan fan from Greece to celebrate New Year in Limerick with her idol

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Litsa Derekenari from Greece with her idol Dolores O'Riordan
A GIRL from Greece who logged onto the Limerick Leader website when she spotted a story about her idol Dolores O’Riordan, will realise her dream on December 31 when she rings in the New Year in Limerick with the songstress.

A GIRL from Greece who logged onto the Limerick Leader website when she spotted a story about her idol Dolores O’Riordan, will realise her dream on December 31 when she rings in the New Year in Limerick with the songstress.

Litsa Derekenari from Alexandroupolis in Northern Greece was ‘googling’ the star last Thursday when she came across the Leader’s story announcing that the Limerick singer is to headline a massive concert on Merchant’s Quay which will be televised live on RTE.

She immediately began making plans to ensure she would be there in person for the one-off gig in Dolores’s home city.

“I am so looking forward to it. I bought four tickets for me and some friends. It will be like a dream for me to be ringing in the New Year with Dolores,” said the 32-year who has been a fan of the Cranberries since she was 12 years old.

The visit however, will not be Litsa’s first time on Limerick soil.

When The Cranberries played in Cork in 2010, Litsa stayed an extra week so she could visit Dolores’s home county. “I visited all the schools she went to and the cafe owned by one of the band members, Mike Hogan. I saw her home but I didn’t ring the bell, I just took photographs. We also went to Holy Cross Abbey where she got married. It was very hard to find.”