Dolores O’Riordan in 1999 (top) and with cat ‘Gio’ (above) on January 5 in her last tweet

BREAKING: Shock at sudden death of Limerick’s Dolores O’Riordan (Limerick Leader)

Pic: Dolores O’Riordan

30 thoughts on “Gone

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    Awful news. She had such a unique voice, especially with her natural accent. Condolences to her family and loved ones.

  2. Johnny Keenan

    Just 46!
    This is very upsetting. I wasn’t a massive fan but I was very proud that a lady from Limerick could be heard all around the world in her native brogue. She was a fantastic singer songwriter and a wonderful ambassador for our country.
    I remember great times with my friends in 1994 heading off in the car on a Friday evening and ending up somewhere on the island til Sunday. The soundtrack was ‘Ode To My Family’.
    Maybe that’s what’s upsetting me. A mix of emotions and memories.
    Either way, Limerick Ireland and the world have lost a unique talent.
    Thanks for your music Dolores. Your legacy will live on.

  3. Johnny Keenan

    The album was ‘No Need To Argue’. It brought me and my friends so much pleasure. It was a real coming of age masterpiece. It deserves a full airing again tonight.

  4. Friscondo

    Whilst not being a huge fan of her music, I did meet her and she was a woman of great humility, generosity and charm. I’m truly saddened at her shockingly young loss.

  5. Spaghetti Hoop

    RIP Dolores. ‘No Need to Argue’ was one soothing album for me at a time of swiftly losing my young mother, plus incensed with NI politics and getting really serious about Yeats post-Leaving Cert. Plus daffodils. All of which the Cranberries covered. Like a warm, cushioned coffee-shop that you take refuge in when you need some warmth and wifi, they were a giving band. She had a great voice, bless her.

  6. Janet, I ate my Avatar

    teenage memories sweeping back
    Rest in peace and thank you for being the poignant soundtrack to some great moments

  7. mildred st. meadowlark

    Poor Dolores. What a glorious voice. Very sad.

    Can’t imagine what her family is going through.

  8. Narky Anne

    Well poo it anyway. What a bloody loss. Pitch perfect 3 had jocks in the US rediscovering Zombie like they wrote it themselves. Poor soul. Genuinely upset on behalf of her family.

  9. Johnny Keenan

    ‘Fe Fi Fo’ from 1999 ‘Bury The Hatchet’ is the most heart wrenching song about pedophilia. The music is so eerie and the lyric packs a serious punch. The question remains ‘who’ll protect the ones that can’t protect themselves?’.

    Dolores and The Cranberries never shied away from political and contentious issues.
    The powers that be might do well to listen to this song and then they can honour her memory in the best way possible.
    By dealing with the problem of pedophiles getting away with abusing children every day in this country and being harbored everyday by the establishment.

    I expect people will be offended by this post.
    My intention is to highlight outside of her great voice, swagger and style there was a true humanitarian who had a heavy heart and a concerned conscience that troubled her tortured soul.
    She used the full impact of how she saw the world to highlight the plight of people, especially children who don’t have a voice.
    Which is essentially one of the main roles of an artist.
    And she was one of the best the world has ever seen.
    Always a Real Rock n Roll Rebel.

    In an interview given in 1999 to Hot Press, Dolores explained that the song is about child abuse: “It’s the worst crime. I think they should be castrated. I just think that people who sexually abuse children get off too easy. They get back out after a couple of weeks because, ‘Oh, he’s psychologically ill’. Which I can understand, but then people get thrown in the can for eight years for smoking dope or something. I think the system is kind of weird that way. It hammers people who are doing harmless things while these perverts, these paedophiles, are shown leniency.”

    Dolores also explained the meaning of the song in an interview to Launch in 1999: “That song is about child abuse, and when you listen to it, you hear that kind of fear. This child is being abused by a man, and the man is not going away. When I write a song like that, I try to put real feelings and fears that are part of this topic in there. So there’s darkness, which is such a beautiful vulnerability. Then there’s the anger of the person who’s singing the song.”

    RIP Dolores O’Riordan

    1. Narky Anne

      @Johnny Keenan – I liked what you wrote.
      If anyone is offended by a post decrying the brutal and traumatic sexual abuse of children by the types that should be executed, bad luck them.

      1. Johnny Keenan

        Thanks Anne.
        I’m thinking that the time might be to soon to write such a post. But then I thought of what Dolores thought about serious issues.

  10. Formerly Known As

    So sad. I loved ‘no need to argue’ – been listening to it, today. At least four of the best songs of the ’90’s.

    Zombie is so powerful. It was voted #1 in the Aussie Triple J Top 100, in 1994.

  11. gorugeen

    I remember the Cranberries heading to the states as support for Suede. They came back Superstars.
    RIP Dolores. Gone but never forgotten.

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