The funeral for The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has taken place in Limerick where friends and family gathered to say their goodbyes.
The Saint Ailbe’s Catholic church was packed to the rafters with mourners, with the service beginning with a recording of Ave Maria sung by Dolores and Luciano Pavarotti.
Canon Liam McNamara recalled his first encounter with the singer, saying: ‘My first meeting with her was in 1989. The memory is indelibly written on my mind. There she is, sitting at the keyboard, playing and singing with the choir in this lovely church of Saint Ailbe…
‘She possessed a very special singing voice – a talent worth its weight in gold. Intelligent girl that she was, she knew well that she should develop and use that talent. She also knew the talents were given by almighty God to be used generously for the benefit of others.’
Dolores’ god children gave a reading, while her mother Eileen, her three children, Taylor, Molly and Dakota, and their father, O’Riordan’s ed husband Don Burton were at the service.
Her bandmembers were also there to pay their respects, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler.
At the end of the service the Cranberries’ song When You’re Gone was played.
O’Riordan was then taken from the church to be buried beside her father in a private ceremony.
Dolores was found dead in a London hotel room on January 15. While her death is being investigated, police have said it is not considered suspicious. An inquest hearing has been adjourned until 3 April while they await results.