Dolores O’Riordain lies in St Josephs

LAID out in an open casket with the motif of Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross carved into the oak at either end, a set of pearl rosary beads are threaded through the fingers of iconic rock star Dolores O’Riordan as she lies in repose at St Joseph’s Church in Limerick city this Sunday. (21 Jan 2018)

dolores o'riordain no 3The body of the 46-year-old mother-of-three arrived in a hearse at the church on O’Connell Avenue at 12.10 under grey clouds.

The city is in mourning but the Limerick woman, who brought international attention to her home place thanks to her musical talents, is at peace.

“It’s very sad. The coffin is open – I’m not sure if people were expecting that and she looks so tiny – very peaceful, at rest,” comments Sheila Deegan, ‎Arts and Culture Officer, ‎Limerick City and County Council, on the steps of the church.

Hundreds of mourners from the city and county, all around Ireland and indeed from as far away as China, Spain and Costa Rica take baby steps up along the far left aisle of the Roman Catholic church where Dolores made her First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

The first photo they lay their eyes on, after signing the book of condolence, is a photo of Dolores meeting Pope John Paul II in 2001. Discreet posters at the church doors request that people refrain from taking photos inside the church, on their phones.

Courtesy Limerick Leader.


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