Irish LGBTs Express Sadness Over Dolores O'Riordan's Death

News of Dolores O'Riordan's sudden passing yesterday has shocked fans, and indeed anyone old enough to remember a time when The Cranberries were one of the coolest bands in the world.

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Most of GCN’s staff are of an age to remember a time in the mid-’90s when Dolores and The Cranberries were the biggest band around.

For me, the Limerick four-piece were an effortlessly cool ‘alternative’ (all non-dance or pop music was basically called ‘alternative’ in the 1990s) Irish band to be proud of – one that wasn’t fronted by a sanctimonious muppet.

It is precisely because of the significance of O’Riordan and The Cranberries’ enduring impact on Ireland’s musical landscape that the responses to her passing have been so raw.

Yesterday evening, The Cranberries’ official Facebook page posted news of the singer’s sudden death:

Irish musicians and artists led the online mourning:

Fans have also being expressing their shock and sadness, as well as sharing the significance of O’Riordan’s life and career to them, on our Facebook page.

The other 3 members of The Cranberries, which formed in Limerick in 1989, paid tribute to Dolores on Twitter:

At this point many media outlets and fans have been reposting the video for Linger – one of my least favourite Cranberries’ songs, partly because it was over-played after its release and partly because the band were, at their core, a kick-ass rock band and Linger doesn’t reflect that.

Others have posted the video for Zombie, which despite it’s cringely earnest lyrics is a fine example of the band at their rock best.

I’ve opted for Salvation, which is my favourite Cranberries song. Rest in peace, Dolores.


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