'My friend and writing partner': Noel Hogan of The Cranberries pays tribute to Dolores O'Riordan

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

'My friend and writing partner': Noel Hogan of The Cranberries pays tribute to Dolores O'Riordan

Noel and Dolores, left and second left, with Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler a number of years ago

NOEL Hogan of The Cranberries has remembered his ‘friend, band mate and writing partner’ Dolores O’Riordan following her sudden death this week.

The Limerick man, guitarist and co-songwriter in the band, said in a post on Instagram: “For the past 29 years, Dolores was my friend, band mate and writing partner. It was an honour and I will miss you.”

The Cranberries, also including Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler, released a statement in the wake of Dolores’ death on Monday saying they were “devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores”.

“She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today,” they said.

46-year-old Dolores - a native of Ballybricken - passed away suddenly in a London hotel.

A spokesperson who represented the singer confirmed to the Leader: "Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.

"No further details are available at this time," added the spokesperson of the Limerick woman, who had three children.

A wave of tributes have followed the star's death, led by President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, who hailed a musician, singer and song writer that “had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally”.

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy said the death of Dolores O’Riordan was "such a sad loss of a young and precious life. 

“Millions across the world have been shocked by this sad news but first and foremost I think of her family.  Way beyond anything else, this is the passing of a loving mother, daughter and sister. This is a family that will grieve deeply for Dolores in the same as others who lose loved ones. It starts and ends with them.

“Of course she was a superstar and an inspiration to so many people, not least from Limerick. She grew up in Ballybricken, which is actually in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, but Limerick city, all of Limerick, held her very dear in its heart.  

“Her rise to stardom gave a huge amount of belief to young people locally at the time.  She was a true child of Limerick; talented, honest, full of soul and courageous. And she never lost sight of who she was and where she was from

“She also often spoke about her spirituality and how important that was too her and, of course, she met Pope John Paull II. She spoke of taking a lot of influence for her music from her spirituality. Limerick and the world has lost a kind, soft-hearted, talented soul. May she rest in peace.”