Cranberries star’s 1995 Modena, Italy, performance with opera great was featured as the opening song at her Limerick funeral.

The results of Dolores O’Riordan's tragic death were revealed on Thursday (Sept 6) at the Coroner's Court in Westminister, London. The star was found dead in her hotel room on January 15, 2018. 

The beloved frontwoman of The Cranberries was laid to rest in County Limerick at a funeral Mass attended by hundreds. The opening song played at her funeral was her own recording of the beloved hymn “Ave Maria” which she recorded with the world-famous opera singer, Luciano Pavarotti, in Modena, Italy in 1995.

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To have The Cranberries voice blaring out at the Church of Saint Ailbe once more, at her own funeral, was made even more poignant by the fact that O’Riordan’s singing career had started in that very building, singing and playing keyboard for the choir.

This spectacular recording of “Ave Maria” took place in September 1995, at the Parco Novi Sad, in Modena. The performance was part of ten concerts hosted by Luciano Pavarotti, between 1992 and 2003. The series known as “Pavarotti & Friends” raised money for humanitarian causes. The 1995 concert was in aid of the children of Bosnia affected by the war.

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O’Riordan (46) was found dead on Jan 15, at 9am, in her hotel room, at the Hilton, on Park Lane, in London. The police are not treating her death as “suspicious”.

There was an eruption of applause, inside and outside the church when The Cranberries' “When You're Gone” played as the service came to an end.

This Cranberries hit was also played around the country on numerous radio stations as the country paid tribute to the Limerick star.

Following the service, O’Riordan was laid to rest alongside her father, Terence Patrick, at the Caherelly cemetery. Her father passed away in 2011, following a long battle with cancer.

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* Originally published in Jan 2018.


Luciano Pavarotti kisses Dolores O'Riordan's hand after performing "Ave Maria" in Modena, Italy, in 1995.