Emotional scenes at Mass for Dolores O'Riordan in Limerick city

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Emotional scenes at Mass for Dolores O'Riordan in Limerick city

Relatives of Dolores O'Riordan, Ben, Sandra, Noelle and her brother P.J. O'Riordan, Ballybricken at the Mass in St Joseph's Church PICTURE: DAVE GAYNOR

THERE were emotional scenes this Sunday afternoon, as fans gathered at St Joseph’s Church for a Mass in memory of Dolores O’Riordan.

The Cranberries frontwoman tragically died a year ago, and throughout the week, people have been descending on Limerick to pay their own tribute to the Ballybricken songstress.

The Mass was held at the request of the O’Riordan family, for those unable to make the superstar’s memorial Mass in her home parish last weekend.

This Sunday's Mass was led by Jesuit priest Fr Liam O’Connor, in the same venue where the 46-year-old Ballybricken woman lay in repose 12 months ago.

It was also attended by Dolores’s mother Eileen, her sister Angela, brother PJ and many more of the extended O’Riordan family.

Fr O’Connor described Dolores as “an inspiration to people across the world.”

“Our indebtedness to Dolores has been well expressed many times. On the first anniversary we join with Dolores’s mother and family, in remembering that death does not unravel the bonds of friendship and love, and we give God thanks for Dolores,” he added.

There was a big attendance in St Joseph’s Church, with the congregation being given Mass cards bearing the singer’s image, asking them to pray for her, “that she may sing for us with the angels.”

Antoinette Bourke from Dooradoyle said: “She was an icon really. She never lost her humility. She was a proud Limerick woman, and was always accessible to people.”

Her husband Eugene added: “A  year goes by so fast. Dolores was such a great ambassador for Limerick throughout the world. You see there are people here from Brazil and across South America paying tribute today. She will be truly missed.”

Mark O’Connor, Ennis Road, who co-organised the ‘Piano for Dolores’ event at Ormston House which saw hundreds of people pay tribute on the exact anniversary of her passing, presented a book of tributes to Eileen O’Riordan.

It contained more than 300 people paying their own personal respects to the ‘Linger’ and ‘Dreams’ star.

For more, see the Limerick Leader, out this Monday morning