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Death Of ‘The Cranberries’ Lead Singer Dolores O’Riordan

The Ballybricken, Co. Limerick lead singer with ‘The Cranberries’, Ms Dolores O’Riordan, has passed away unexpectedly today, aged just 46 years. Ms O’Riordan passed away while in the London Hilton, on Park Lane in London, England, for a recording session.

Ms O’Riordan and her 6ft-4in ex-husband of 20 years, Mr Don Burton, (Latter the former tour manager with band “Duran Duran”), married in Holycross Abbey, Thurles, Co.Tipperary in 1994, holding their wedding reception at the Aherlow House Hotel, Newtown, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary before honeymooning in Dingle, Co. Kerry and the Aran Islands situated at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland.

Dolores & Don outside Holycross Abbey Thurles, following their marriage in 1994, & during happier times.

The couple had first met while ‘The Cranberries’  toured with ‘Duran Duran’  in the early 90’s.

Their marriage was later blessed by three children; a son Taylor Baxter, and two daughters Molly Leigh and Dakota Rain, who are understood to be living in Canada with their father since their divorce in 2014. (Mr Burton also has a son from a previous relationship named Donald Jr, known as Donny.)

In 1998, the couple bought a 150-acre stud farm, called Riversfield Stud, located in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, selling it six years later in 2004.

Following an invitation by Pope Benedict XVI, Ms O’Riordan performed at the Vatican’s annual Christmas concerts in 2001 and 2002, and later performed at the invitation of Pope Francis in 2013.

Around 2004 the couple moved to Howth, in Co. Dublin, and spent the summer season at their log cabin located in Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada, before moving full-time to Buckhorn in 2009.

In August 2013, Ms O’Riordan returned to live in Ireland.

The cause of her death has not yet immediately been made public this evening.

Parish priest at Ballybricken and Bohermore, Fr James Walton, latter formerly a curate here in Thurles, has confirmed that the body of Ms O’Riordan will be interred in her home parish.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.

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