Dolores O'Riordan: Fans lament loss of a talent that 'touched the world'

Maria Flannery


Maria Flannery

A lone mourner shows his grief as Dolores O'Riordan's funeral car passes Picture: Michael Cowhey

A lone mourner shows his grief as Dolores O'Riordan's funeral car passes Picture: Michael Cowhey

ALMOST two weeks on from her death, tributes to Limerick singer Dolores O’Riordan have continued to pour in from across the globe.

At City Hall, the messages by adoring fans and proud Limerick people have spilled into a sixth book of condolence, while separate books are also in place at County Hall in Dooradoyle and the area offices in Rathkeale, Kilmallock and Newcastle West.

More than 12,000 people have signed the online book of condolence, with fans from Costa Rica to Korea logging on to pay respects.

Last week’s special tribute edition of the Limerick Leader has also been ordered from all corners of the world, as fans of The Cranberries mourn the loss of the band’s charismatic frontwoman.

A woman who travelled from France wrote in the book in condolence of the comfort fans had taken in Dolores’ music.

“We have lost an imaginary friend with whom we shared similar turmoils, a teenage platonic love. Most of all, we have lost a light on to which we would hold through dark times.”

Another French fan wrote in desperation, “dammit, dammit, dammit”.

Many wrote of a “sad loss”.

“I had her first albums on cassette tape when I was 19, she’s all I ever talked about.”

Among the tributes written in inks of black and blue is Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s message.

“To the O’Riordan family and friends, my sincere condolences on your loss,” he wrote, adding that he wished “she had lingered with us for a while longer”.

A local person lamented the loss of another Limerick legend.

“This is Limerick’s third ambassador that we have lost. Axel Foley, Terry Wogan and now our own little rock star. Rest in Peace Dolores and thank you.”

A family of Cranberries fans from Virginia, USA, wrote that “her talents touched the world”.

“Her music brought us together. Her legacy will never be forgotten. We are eternally grateful for the gifts and kindness that she shared with our family. We treasure our memories of time spent with her. There are no words to convey the sorrow that we feel in losing her in this life.”

A devoted Cranberries fan thanked Dolores “for what you have given us all”.

“You were my salvation when I needed you, may you now have yours at peace,” she wrote.

A proud local wrote: “Music in Limerick in the 90s was so vibrant and we followed you and the music scene from your very first gig. Condolences to the fans, family and music lovers.”

Another wrote: “Dolores, thank you for the music, memories and your pride in Limerick. You sang the soundtrack to our growing up years.”

Some fans of Dolores’ lilting voice signed their names with shorter messages. “Singing with the angels,” “you made Limerick proud” and “your voice will forever Linger in our hearts”.

Last week, heartbroken fans of Dolores and the band wrote to the Limerick Leader to order a special tribute edition containing photos of the early days of The Cranberries from our archives.

“I'm an Italian fan of Dolores O'Riordan for 22 years and she was the soundtrack to my life,” wrote one man.

A woman from Switzerland wrote that she has been a “big fan” of The Cranberries since she was 10 years old. “I’ll miss Dolores O’Riordan as much as anybody else on this earth.”

A French fan wrote that he was “shattered by the news” of her death, while another asked that a newspaper be put aside for him to buy in person a few days later. The Parisian said that he would be, like so many others, travelling to Limerick for the funeral.