- 23 Jan 18
Speaking at Dolores O'Riordan's Funeral Mass in the village of Ballybricken, Archbishop O'Reilly spoke about The Cranberries singer's faith, "great musical talent" and "very special voice".
The Mass opened with a recording of Dolores O'Riordan performing 'Ave Maria' with Pavarotti, from a concert in 1995 for the Children of Bosnia.
Two symbols from Dolores’ musical career, a guitar and a platinum disc award, were brought to the altar by her niece, Eileen, and a life-long friend, Teresa. Dolores’ nephew, Patrick, presented a picture of Our Lady of Dolours, after whom Dolores was named and the picture originally belonged to the great, great, great, grandmother of Dolores. Breffni, a life-long friend of Dolores brought up a poetry book.
Read the full text of Archbishop O'Reilly's speech here:
Since we heard of the sudden death of Dolores O’ Riordan, many hearts in Ireland and around the world are heavy with sadness on hearing the news. Indeed, the great outpouring of sympathy and love for Dolores which we have seen since her death is a witness and a tribute to her great musical talent and very special voice by her many fans and lovers of music.
Dolores put her God given talents at the service of others. From an early age she had a passion and love for music. She has been an inspiration and source of encouragement to many young artists over the years. Her gifts have resonated in the lives of many and will continue to do so as her music and her songs will continue to be played and listened to. Her singing voice was unique, far reaching and distinctly Irish.
In an interview after meeting the now Saint Pope John Paul II, Dolores stated that her faith was one of her greatest musical influences. She said the Church had nurtured her development as an artist and musician and, for her, her faith was always important – a source of strength in her life.
Dolores will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, particularly her family, friends and the people of her native Limerick who held her close to their hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her mother, Eileen, Children, Sister, Brothers and wide circle of friends, especially in the music world, who have worked with Dolores over the many years of her career.
We commend Dolores to the loving and tender care of our God.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
The funeral mass of Cranberries singer, Delores O’Riordan is about to get underway at St.Ailbes Church, Limerick. pic.twitter.com/u6Kzmq7neo
— Lisa McNally (@Lilimc) January 23, 2018