Sarah and Zac Kiely at the vigil for Dolores O'Riorda in Arthur's Quay Park Pictures: Press 22
LARGE numbers of people have turned out for a vigil for Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan in Limerick this Monday night.
The memorial sing-song event took place at Chez le Fab in Arthur’s Quay Park this evening, as the rock star’s removal was taking place across the county in Ballyneety.
The organisers said the intent was to “show our love and respect to Dolores O’Riordan”, who passed away suddenly last week and will be buried in her native Ballybricken on Tuesday.
Musician Emma Langford was among those to attend, taking to Twitter to praise the "beautiful scene here at Arthur's Quay Park, hundreds of people brought together for a singsong in memory of Dolores O'Riordan".
"People of all ages, gathered in the cold, giving Dolores a proper send-off," she wrote.
Hundreds gathered in Limerick's Arthur's Quay Park singing When You're Gone.— Emma Langford (@ELangfordMusic) January 22, 2018
I defy you to not get a little choked up at this.
People of all ages, gathered in the cold, giving Dolores a proper send - off.
Fair play Sandra & Paula for organising it #Limerick #doloresoriordan pic.twitter.com/cYugQUhVtk
This is how #Limerick pays tribute to one of its own. Hundreds of people, young and old, singing together as one, dancing and sharing memories of a voice that we will never forget #RIPDoloresORiordan pic.twitter.com/WekRS15bPP— Elisa O'Donovan (@elisaodonovan) January 22, 2018
Earlier, President Michael D Higgins attended the star's reposal in Ballyneety, along with hundreds of others, as three days of mourning take place in Limerick.
President Higgins said it was to the "incredible credit to all those who have appreciated the music and songs and performances of the band that they have come out in such numbers to make a tribute, it is so appropriate and it is generous and I hope that her family will get all the support that they need".
On Sunday afternoon, thousands of people braved treacherous weather conditions to pay their last respects at a public reposal at St Joseph’s Church.
Tomorrow's funeral at 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.
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.