Thousands turn up to pay respects to Dolores O'Riordan

Angelo Anderson
January 22, 2018

It's an honor typically reserved for dignitaries.

O'Riordan's songs played quietly as fans filed in to the church, with 50 of the singer's former classmates at Laurel Hill Colaiste placing bouquets of yellow flowers on a pew near her coffin.

Following her death, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was among the first to pay tributes, calling O'Riordan "the voice of a generation".

"We come to offer a heartfelt greeting to a deeply loved and cherished daughter of Limerick", Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy told mourners. "I am conscious that, while millions across the world have been shocked by the sad news of her death, today is about Limerick's public moment to bid farewell".

Her remains will later be taken to a funeral home in nearby Ballyneety, where she will lie in repose on Monday evening before removal to St Ailbes' Church in Ballybricken, where a funeral mass will be held on Tuesday morning. Her death is not being considered suspicious, according to London's Metropolitan Police.

Her open coffin is resting at the altar at Saint Joseph's Church, in her home town of Limerick in Ireland.

Her Cranberries bandmates, brothers Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawlor, sent a floral arrangement reading, in an allusion to their hit "Linger", "The song has ended, but the memories linger on".

Her mother Eileen and her six siblings accompanied Dolores' coffin into the church, which had been decorated with photos of her performing on stage, and photos of her meeting with the late Pope John Paul II.

She was in London to record a version of "Zombie" with the hard rock band Bad Wolves, the group said on Tuesday. She'll be buried next to her father, Terry.

Thousands of mourners from across the globe attended the public viewing of the late Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan on Sunday in her native Ireland.

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