Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan laid to rest in home town

BALLYBRICKEN, Ireland (Reuters) - Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan was laid to rest at a private funeral in her home town on Tuesday, remembered as someone who rescued people from "the darkness of depression".

O'Riordan, 46, whose distinctive and powerful Irish voice helped fuel The Cranberries' rapid rise in the early 1990s, was found dead in a London hotel last week during a recording trip ahead of a planned tour. No cause of death has yet been established.

Her mother, three children and bandmates Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler attended the service at Saint Ailbe's Church in the small rural County Limerick town of Ballybricken in the south-west of Ireland.

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The coffin of Dolores O'Riordan, singer with the Cranberries is carried from St. Joseph's Church after a public reposal in Limerick, Ireland January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Mourners embrace outside Dolores O'Riordan, the singer of the Cranberries' funeral at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, Ireland, january 23, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Eillen O'Riordan leaves her daughter Dolores O'Riordan's funeral with Dolores' ex-husband Don Burton and one of their daughters at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, Ireland, January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Books of condolence are placed outside Dolores O'Riordan, the singer of the Cranberries' funeral at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, Ireland, January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Dolores O'Riordan's coffin is carried out of her funeral at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, Ireland, January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Mourners embrace after Dolores O'Riordan's funeral at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, Ireland, January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Dolores O'Riordan, the singer of the Cranberries' coffin lies in a hearse after her funeral at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, Ireland, january 23, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A woman reacts after viewing Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan's open coffin at St. Joseph's Church during a public reposal in Limerick, Ireland January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Schoolfriends bring yellow flowers to represent sunshine as they queue up to view Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan's coffin as it is carried into St. Joseph's Church for a public reposal in Limerick, Ireland January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
People queue to pay their respects to Dolores O'Riordan, singer with the Cranberries, outside St. Joseph's Church during a public reposal in Limerick, Ireland January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
The order of service for Dolores O'Riordan, the singer of the Cranberries' funeral is held at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, Ireland, january 23, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
The coffin of Dolores O'Riordan, singer with the Cranberries is brought into St. Joseph's Church for a public reposal in Limerick, Ireland January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Eillen O'Riordan leaves her daughter Dolores O'Riordan's funeral with Dolores' ex-husband Don Burton and one of their daughters at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, Ireland, January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
LIMERICK, IRELAND - JANUARY 23: Ali Hewson, wife of Bono from U2 attends the funeral of Dolores O'Riordan at St Ailbe's Church, Ballybricken on January 23, 2018 in Limerick, Ireland. The Cranberries singer, aged 46 was found unresponsive in a London hotel last week. Police are not treating her death as suspicious. An inquest into O'Riordan's death was opened and adjourned until April while the coroner awaits test results. The Cranberries' debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? sold 40 million records in the early 1990's. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
LIMERICK, IRELAND - JANUARY 23: A member of the congregation holds up an order of service ahead of Dolores O'Riordan's funeral at St Ailbe's parish church in Ballybricken on January 23, 2018 in Limerick, Ireland. The Cranberries singer, aged 46 was found unresponsive in a London hotel last week. Police are not treating her death as suspicious. An inquest into O'Riordan's death was opened and adjourned until April while the coroner awaits test results. The Cranberries' debut album 'Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?' sold 40 million records in the early 1990's. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
LIMERICK, IRELAND - JANUARY 23: Pipers practise outside St Ailbe's parish church in Ballybricken ahead of Dolores O'Riordan's funeral on January 23, 2018 in Limerick, Ireland. The Cranberries singer, aged 46 was found unresponsive in a London hotel last week. Police are not treating her death as suspicious. An inquest into O'Riordan's death was opened and adjourned until April while the coroner awaits test results. The Cranberries' debut album 'Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?' sold 40 million records in the early 1990's. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
LIMERICK, IRELAND - JANUARY 23: Dolores O'Riordan's ex-husband Don Burton and their children Donny (Taylor), Molly and Dakota Burton arrive for Dolores O'Riordan's funeral at St Ailbe's parish church in Ballybricken on January 23, 2018 in Limerick, Ireland. The Cranberries singer, aged 46 was found unresponsive in a London hotel last week. Police are not treating her death as suspicious. An inquest into O'Riordan's death was opened and adjourned until April while the coroner awaits test results. The Cranberries' debut album 'Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?' sold 40 million records in the early 1990's. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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"No words are adequate to describe Dolores or to accurately state the influence for good she has been over the years," Canon Liam McNamara, a family friend who first met O'Riordan when she was a teenager, told the mourners.

"The numbers she rescued from the darkness of depression are impossible to count."

Candles lit the streets of Ballybricken late on Monday, as her coffin was brought to the church where McNamara said she once sang and played keyboard in the local choir.

The mass began with a recording of Ave Maria sung by O'Riordan and Italian opera star Luciano Pavarotti. A guitar and a platinum disc award - symbols from a musical career that saw The Cranberries sell over 40 million records, second only to U2 among Irish acts - were brought to the alter.

O'Riordan, whose hits with The Cranberries such as "Linger" and "Zombie" catapulted her to fame as a shy 22-year-old, was the "voice of her generation," Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said last week.

(Writing by Padraic Halpin Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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