Late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan’s body has been laid in repose ahead of her funeral, which is expected to take place in Limerick, Ireland, on Tuesday. The coffin was seen being removed from a hearse outside the city’s St.Joseph’s Church on Sunday afternoon.
Irish Times reports that thousands of people attended the public reposing O’Riordan Limerick, as the county begins three days of mourning for one of their most famous daughters.
In a tribute normally reserved for Presidents, Popes, and heads of State, O’Riordan’s remains lay in an open coffin in a four-hour public reposing at St Joseph’s Church, in the Treaty City.
O’Riordan’s remains will be reposed in Cross’s Funeral Home, Ballyneety, Monday from 4-8pm. Her funeral mass takes place Tuesday at 11.30am in St Aible’s Church, Ballybricken, ahead of a private burial in Caherelly Cemetery, where O’Riordan will be laid to rest alongside her late father Terry.
O’Riordan’s mother Eileen and her six siblings accompanied her dark wooden coffin into St Joseph’s Church, which was decorated with white roses, photographs of the deeply religious star performing on stage, and of her two separate meetings with the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
Friends, former school friends, and fans from all over the world, as well as faces from Limerick’s political circles, including former minister for defence Willie O’Dea and former minister for education Jan O’Sullivan.
Fans said O’Riordan who was laid out in an open coffin wearing black and holding a set of pearl rosary beads looked “at peace”.
See photos of the coffin, and fans filing in to see the legendary singer one last time below.