Farewell To Dolores O Riordan
It was the saddest day for the fans of Dolores O Riordan and The Cranberries, January the 15th 2018 the news was everywhere that Dolores O Riordan has died, which caused shock all over the world, fans has been paying their tributes in Social media and visiting her hometown Limerick, Ireland.
Dolores O Riordan died at an early age of 46 unexpectedly at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in MayFair. Let’s take a brief walk on her life.
Dolores O Riordan was born on 6th September 1971 in Ballybricken, Limerick, She is the youngest of the nine children.
In 1990 She audtioned for and won the role of Lead Singer for the band The Cranberry Saw Us which later became The Cranberries. She had made 7 Full Length albums with the band Since 1993 to 2017.
- Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We (1993)
- No Need To Argue (1994)
- To The Faithful Departed (1996)
- Bury The Hatchet (1999)
- Wake Up And Smell The Coffee (2001)
- Roses (2012)
- Something Else (2017)
She also did two albums as Solo with members of the Canadian Hard Rock Legends, Sheriff and Alias:
Steve DeMarchi On Guitars and Denny DeMarchi on Keyboards and Backing Vocals.
- Are You Listening (2007)
- No Baggage (2009)
In April 2014 D.A.R.K, the New York based alternative rock band featuring Ole Koretsky, Andy Rourke (The Smiths) and Dolores started writing new materials and released the album Science Agrees on September 9th 2016. The album received positive responses from around the world.
Many of us might be thinking why she is being talked about so much, and why it has caused a huge impact on the lives of many people. She has not lived a life of a musical artist rather she had touched the lives of people through her music, her voice and being a human showing the love and humanity to the people who had come across her life and more over to the fans.
Being a fan of her since 1993 I had to say her Voice touched my soul when I was only 13 back in 1993, I first saw her Video “Dreams” on MTV and fell in love with Dolores and her Band, and been a big follower and lover of their music, She had a voice a magical one, which is hard to be described but only can be felt by the listener.
She will be always remembered, she may have gone from this world but her music will always linger in our hearts.
We have received messages from some of her fans for whom Dolores has been an Idol, and have played a huge part.
Raven Quinn, USA – Singer and Songwriter
There aren’t words enough. My little 12 year old self, who wanted nothing more than to grow up to be just like you and who still can’t believe you actually became a part of my life when I was 20 years old, is in total shock. I’m numb.
Thank you for all you did to help me, Dolores O’ Riordan. Thank you for your advice. Thank you for sharing your one-of-a-kind voice with the world and inspiring me to set out on this path in my own life, long before I ever knew you personally. I love you and I hope you’ve found the peace you were searching for. RIP.
Rene Thibault, USA
An Ode to Dolores
From a misty isle of Emerald charm,
The land where my ancestors dwelt,
A lilting voice beckoned to my heart,
Stirring emotions seldom felt.
She whispered words of Dreams to start,
I felt like an Angel had spoken.
For years she sang of Promises,
An Electric Blue chant unbroken.
The years spun by and I still Linger,
Will I ever achieve Salvation?
My Animal Instinct talks to me,
Or is it Just My Imagination?
So if I Can’t Be With You,
Don ‘t stop to Analyze.
Keep the faith we all can share.
When we gaze into Dolores’ eyes
Patrick C. McCarty, USA
Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan was an incredible and incomparable talent. She touched the lives of millions and had a profound influence on popular music. Dolores band The Cranberries, were influential and impactful. The Cranberries impact on the music of the 1990s can’t be understated or overlooked. The Cranberries would go on to sell over 40 million records and other than U2, are considered the most successful band to come from the Land of Saints and Scholars. Dolores was a wonderfully gifted singer-songwriter with creativity, grace and authenticity unrivaled by most of her predecessors, contemporaries and successors. Her songwriting prowess, majestic voice and refreshingly simplistic nature will stand the test of time. On a personal note, Dolores was my hero and inspiration. Her impact on my life can’t be fully articulated with the time allotted. I had the great honor and privilege of seeing her and The Cranberries perform in Washington DC, in May of 2012, and it was one of the most euphoric and mesmerizing moments of my life. The Cranberries performed magnificently and Dolores was as lovely, regal and dynamic as ever. 4She was an unlikely rock star from rural County Limerick, IE who through sheer grit, determination, natural ability and a bit of Irish luck wrote many songs that would define the music of the 1990s. Dolores will forever be remembered for her creative energy, passion, distinctive look, engaging personality, fierce independence and a voice unlike any we’ve ever heard, or will ever hear, in our lifetime. Dolores now belongs to the ages. May our memories and dreams of Limerick’s Queen forever linger.
Dolores… I don’t know how can I describe her. She means a lot of things for me. She was my idol. She was my childhood. I grew up with her and The Cranberries. Now I feel that I’m lost… My heart is broken. Her songs are my life philosophy. When I feel sad, I listen to her songs. When I feel happy I listen to her too. She is and her songs are in my life. But now… Her songs give me a lot of pain. Because I know that she has gone… I will never see her live performances again, never listen to her nee songs.. She wasn’t just a singer for me. She was like my second mother. I didn’t gain only her songs, I also gained a lot of Cranfriends, my English has improved and so many things… Now my heart is empty, I can’t describe my feelings. I’m gonna miss my angel.
Greg Goldberg, USA
My sweet Dolores she changed my life and many lives. More than you’ll ever know. A great life Gone Too Soon. She will be ever so missed by many. Goodbye my angel.
Yusri Uwth Kldn, Malaysia
Lets carry on her spirit, singing her songs, remembering her words, embracing her hopes, living by all her loves and dreams.
Maricel Castaño, Argentina
Su música me levantaba el animo cuando me sentía mal ,su voz ,sus letras me tocaron el alma …forever Dolores
Michelle Duke, Canada
Thank you thank you for the music you made , I wish you really knew how many peoples lives you touched with that angelic voice and talent of yours , very proud to be Canadian even more so knowing that you lived here , makes me happy 😊, Rest In Peace you beautiful Irish songstress and thank you for being the soundtrack to my happy times and sad ones , you got me through lady and for that I thank you
Jeff Wilson, USA
Although a ‘rock’ star Dolores sang from and about the heart and she did it so well! She was a TRUE one of a kind and I think that is what I will miss most about her. Their simply was not other band like her and The Cranberries.
Jenny Quandt, Germany
Since 23 years you was the love of my life.Thank you for the best music,thank you for a part in my life!I will never forget you and i hope that you’ve gone to a better place🙏I will miss you so much and i hope we meet us soon in Paradise❤R.I.Paradise my dear
Naomi Ndn, Phillipines
We miss you, Dolores! may she rest in peace.
Isa Viray, Phillipines
Never has an artist touched my life the way Dolores did, with her voice, the passion she put in her music…she saved me from all the fears I had, telling me it’s going to be ok. She was so generous, she has given most of herself,,,she was so real and she will be missed. Thank you Dolores, your voice will Linger on….
Mike Sniadecki, USA
Dolores and the cranberries always touched my life in so many ways her music gave meaning and helped me to cope with life. The album Wake Up and Smell The Coffee would always put things in perspective for me. It always made me be grateful and look at life in a positive way. Music will never be the same without her. I truly loved her voice and will miss her so much. I have never been so into a band or musician like I have with her and the cranberries. Your memories will never fade!
Raquel Cruz, Portugal
Hope she knew how much her music has done for the world. And for me. Music will never be the same. Neither will I.
Mark Ronson, USA
Dolores said “I want to come back as Angel to help people with things”. She was our Angel here on Earth and now she is watching over each and everyone one of us.
Karen Porco, Italy
Sweet Dolores.. may you Rest In Peace. I know you are now the angel you always wanted to be
Boryan Zintcheko, Ukraine
Rest In Peace, Dolores. I hope you will return as if nothing had happened and dash us all with a slap in the face “stop whining”
Rosemarie Markell, USA
Dolores, i dont know how it is possible, but i feel as though i knew you…i started to listen to the cranberries in 1997, and Dolores’ music helped me through many things, including depression and a bad marriage. And highlighting the good times as well… Dolores bared her soul with music about what it is like being in love, having children, depression, breakups, family issues and loss; and all the range of human emotions. Her music really spoke to me and became such a part of my life. I love you Dolores, you will never leave my heart
Mary Jo Escano, United Kingdom
I safely could say that Dolores and I have a few of things in common: Grew up as the youngest child (and we’re both born on September. Is that coincidence or what?) in a working class devout Catholic family and suffered abuse as a child. While I don’t have any musical inkling, she found self-expression through music and I felt that through her music, she seemed to have spoken for me. My dad left us just as I was turning 13 and through the Cranberries, I found solace in the midst of the breakup of my family and getting bullied as the poorest student in a Catholic school where many students are from well off families. I learned to accept and embrace myself despite the taunts that I was ugly because here is an Irish band, led by an Irish woman who wasn’t afraid to sing “I live as I choose or I will not live at all.” Through Dolores, I have found my music spirit. While she’s no longer with us in this world, I’d like to think that at least, her music is here to stay. And her voice will linger until the end of my life.
May Dolores O Riordan’s soul R.I.P. and This journey of music will forever linger in our hearts.
MHF Magazine/Keith Clement