- 16 Jan 18
The Cranberries singer was loved and respected throughout the industry...
The tributes to Dolores O’Riordan continue to flood in from both sides of the Atlantic.
“The band are floored but it’s of course her family we’re all thinking of right now," a U2 band communique reads. "Out of the West came this storm of a voice - she had such strength of conviction, yet she could speak to the fragility in all of us. Limerick's 'Bel canto.'"
“We are all saddened to hear the news,” proffers Michael Stipe. “Dolores was a brilliant and generous spirit with a quick humor and a stunning voice. Our love to the band and to her family and fans."
A shocked Stephen Street, who produced a string of the Cranberries most famous records, comments: “I have just heard the news regarding Dolores. I need a little time to process what has happened. Suffice to say, I am very sad to lose someone who meant so much to me and to many people across the world. RIP my songbird.”
The President, Michael D. Higgins, says: ““I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes. To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.”
Kinks legend Dave Davies posted a photo of himself with Dolores in New York, saying he’d met her recently and she’d appeared to be in good form, and there have also been warm words from James Corden.
Closer to home, Limerick musicians Emma Langford and Dan Murphy of Hermitage Green renown treated Live 95 listeners to a gorgeous version of 'Linger'.
I’m really shocked that #DoloresORiordan has passed so suddenly
- I was talking to her a couple weeks before Christmas she seemed happy and well - we even spoke about maybe writing some songs together - unbelievable god bless her pic.twitter.com/Pk2QyAaaBw
— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) January 15, 2018
I once met Delores O’Riordan when I was 15. She was kind and lovely, I got her autograph on my train ticket and it made my day. She had the most amazing voice and presence. So sorry to hear that she’s passed away today x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) January 15, 2018
I'm remembering a Sunday Tribune interview with Dolores O'Riordan in 93-94 when she was asked, "What do your parents do?" and she answered, "They love me very much." She was magnificent.
— Paul Howard (@AkaPaulHoward) January 16, 2018
So incredibly sad to be saying goodbye to Dolores O'Riordan far, far too soon. She was an amazing talent and it was an honor (and a lot of fun) to have shared stages with her & @The_Cranberries many years ago. ?‘??‘??‘??‘? pic.twitter.com/36xiwWkbJT
— Belly (@bellytheband) January 15, 2018
The sound of her beautiful voice is ingrained in every Irish person's psyche RIP Dolores O'Riordan
— Richie Egan (@richiejape) January 15, 2018
Probably the thing sticking in my head the most right now is how much I wish Dolores could see the huge outpouring of love, respect and admiration for her. She was so fucking deadly. RIP Dolores O’Riordan. You paved the way for so many who came after you. ❤️❤️❤️
— niamhsandwich (@niamhsandwich) January 15, 2018
— Limerick Council (@LimerickCouncil) January 16, 2018