President Higgins speaks to the press outside Cross' Funeral Home PICTURE: MICHAEL COWHEY
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins has travelled to Limerick to pay his final respects to rock star Dolores O'Riordan, whose remains are reposing at Cross' Funeral Home.
Before the removal to St Ailbes' Church in her home parish Ballybricken at 8pm this Monday, the 46-year-old's is lying in repose at the funeral home in Ballyneety.
Limerick, Ireland and the global music community was left in shock after the Limerick musician died in London last Monday.
Family, friends and fans of the late Cranberries lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan, will say their final farewell at her funeral Mass this Tuesday at 11.30am.
President Higgins spoke to members of the press this Monday, after paying his respects to the late rock star, shortly before 4pm.
Paying tribute to Dolores on the week of her death, President Higgins said she “had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally”.
"I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes.
"To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss," he stated last week.
On Sunday afternoon, thousands of people braved treacherous weather conditions to pay their last respects at Dolores O’Riordan’s public reposal at St Joseph’s Church.
St Ailbes’ Church, which has a limited capacity of 200 seats, will be strictly reserved for family, friends and parishioners only, the Catholic Communications Office said.
Members of the press will be kept at a respectful distance from the church grounds, and camera equipment by the media will be forbidden before, during and after the Mass.
Family friend, Canon Liam McNamara will be the chief celebrants of the Mass, concelebrated by parish priest Fr James Walton, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Kieran O’Reilly, and Archbishop Emeritus Dermot Clifford.
In conjunction with the gardai, stewards will facilitate mourners and help to direct traffic. As the church is on the bend of a narrow road, parking is very limited and priority will be given to members of the family, friends, neighbours and parishioners.
Gardaí will have a one-way traffic management plan in place and the co-operation by everyone in attendance would be appreciated.
It has been confirmed that Limerick’s Live 95FM will live broadcast Dolores O’Riordan’s funeral Mass on Tuesday.