24 Jan 2018

Dolores O'Riordan: Voice of a generation of Irish women

The lead singer of The Cranberries was laid to rest in her hometown in County Limerick this week. Her sudden death in a London hotel room at the age of 46 made headlines all over the world.

Ciara Kenny
Ciara Kenny The Irish Times, Ireland
Source: The Irish Times
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Dolores O'Riordan in concert on reunion tour By Dolitsa (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

Paying tribute to Dolores O’Riordan, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar described The Cranberries frontwoman as a unique voice and songwriting talent.

But to a generation of Irish women who grew up listening to her music in the 1990s, she was much more than that. She was a rebel, a trailblazer, whose voice and lyrics ranged from hauntingly beautiful to powerfully protesting -- all in a thick Limerick accent. 

The Cranberries were megastars in America, but tributes to O'Riordan, which have poured in since her death last week, mention how she stayed true to her roots.

As one woman who went to school with O'Riordan described her in this article, "She was Limerick’s superstar. ... Seeing someone from home make it big in Dublin was huge. Seeing someone who was ours on American TV, and hearing their voice on the soundtrack of movies and selling millions of records, it was hard to get your head around."

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Details from the story:

  • Dolores O’Riordan was found dead in a London hotel room on Jan. 15th. Her cause of death has not been released publicly.
  • Her group, The Cranberries, gained international fame in the 1990s with hit songs such as "Zombie" and "Linger."
  • Hundreds of people gathered at a rural County Limerick church for her funeral on Tuesday, including her partner, Ole Koretsky; her former husband, Don Burton, and her three children, Taylor, Molly and Dakota.
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