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The death of Dolores O'Riordan has been described as a difficult day not just for Limerick, but the entire world.

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of the 46-year-old Cranberries singer in Ballybricken.

She was found dead in a London hotel last week - the cause of her death is still being determined but is not thought to be suspicious.

Thousands of people have been paying their respects to Dolores O'Riordan over the past two days.

Candles lit the streets as two hearses - one laden with flowers and tributes - arrived at the Church of Saint Ailbe in Ballybricken, Co Limerick just before 9.30pm on Monday.

The coffin of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is removed from St Joseph's Church in Limerick for reposal at Cross' Funeral Home, Ballyneety Limerick | Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

Ttoday her close family and friends came to say their final goodbyes.

Her mother Eileen, children Taylor, Molly and Dakota, their father Don and her stepson Donny - along with her extended family - gathered earlier at St Ailbe's Church, where she once sang in the choir.

Chief Celebrant and close family friend Canon Liam McNamara said Dolores reached out to the world putting Limerick on the map.

He said the numbers she rescued from the darkness of depression is impossible to count, and that she is now singing in heaven.

Following her funeral mass she was laid to rest beside her father Terry at a private family burial.

Her rise to fame was spectacular. She went from playing pub backrooms and youth clubs to headlining Madison Square Garden in the space of three years.

But it is that almost legendary rock and roll story that she lived in the 1990s.

Her phenomenal success in that decade, defined it for many; it became a soundtrack for a generation of music fans.

The songs became a feature of adverts, films and TV programmes. The band's second album, No Need To Argue, sold 17 million copies.

Floral tributes in the hearse as the the coffin of The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is taken into Saint Ailbe's Church, Ballybricken, ahead of her funeral on Tuesday | Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

Stewart Clark from Hot Press magazine points out that put O'Riordan "in the Madonna and Mariah Carey league."

"MTV America loved them, and that was crucial.

"She played for the Pope not once, but twice".

Dolores also sang with Pavarotti, to Princess Diana, appeared on Rolling Stone magazine, and would regularly feature on the biggest programmes in the US.

She was described by one of the many thousands who queued in the rain on Sunday to say goodbye as "Limerick's Lady Di".

To people who joined hundreds of others singing her hits last night on Limerick's streets, she was called an "icon, a legend, an inspiration".

Additional reporting: Paul Quinn


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