Dolores O’Riordan’s rarely seen children pay their respects to the Cranberries icon at family funeral

Dolores O'Riordan's rarely seen children pay their respects to the Cranberries icon at family funeral

Dolores O’Riordan’s rarely seen children paid their respects to their late mother in Limerick today.

Her children – Taylor Baxter, 20, Molly Leigh, 16, and 12-year-old Dakota Rain – joined their father, Dolores’ ex-husband Don Burton, to say their goodbyes at the funeral mass at the Church of Saint Ailbe in her home town of Ballybricken, Co Limerick, this lunch time.

The grieving trio were embraced by family members as Dolores’ coffin was placed in the hearse following the service.

They are believed to have continued to live with their father in Toronto following the collapse of his marriage to Dolores in 2014.

Her boyfriend Ole Koretsky looked grief-stricken as he arrived ahead of the mass, while her mother Eileen joined her sister Angela and brothers Terence, Brendan, Donal, Joseph and PJ in the small parish church.

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She once said the band broke down because she was ‘burned out’ (Image: REX/Shutterstock) Don Burton, his son Donny, and their children Dakota and Molly (Image: REUTERS) Dolores O’Riordan’s ex-husband Don Burton and their children Taylor, Molly and Dakota Burton arrive for Dolores O’Riordan’s funeral (Image: Getty Images Europe) Dolores’ ex-husband Don Burton (far L) helps carry the coffin (Image: Getty Images Europe) Band member Mike Hogan and his wife Siobhan (Image: PA) Noel Hogan (Image: PA) Mike Hogan (second right) (Image: PA) Fergal Lawler (Image: PA) (Image: PA) (Image: PA)

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In a previous interview, Dolores’ mother Eileen O’Riordan hinted that the children were staying with their father because their mum was struggling with her mental health.

“They just know that mommy isn’t well at the moment,” she told the Irish Mirror in 2014, after Dolores was arrested for stamping on an air stewardess’s foot then headbutting and spitting in the face of a garda in an air rage incident.

Eileen said the children were keeping in touch with Dolores over the phone, but that her daughter’s split from her husband of 20 years was taking its toll on her.

Dolores, 46, underwent psychiatric treatment and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015.

In an interview with the Irish News in May 2017, Dolores herself spoke of her love for her children.

“The best time in my life was the years spent at home with my family, I love being a mum,” she revealed.

“My kids don’t see me as a famous person, or have any kind of expectation; I’m just their mum.”

Dolores’s mum Eileen O’Riordan (Image: PA) Ali Hewson (Image: PA)

Her bandmate Noel Hogan was one of the first to arrive, along with Mike Hogan, Fergal Lawler and Bono’s wife Ali Hewson.

Crowds lined the streets to bid farewell to the iconic front woman, with the funeral mass being broadcast by Limerick’s local radio station.

Locals in the close-knit community of Ballyneety opened up their driveways to allow mourners to park, and students from her former school, Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ were seen carrying floral tributes for the star.

Mourners were welcomed into the church with a blessing in Irish before the service began with Dolores’ cover of Ave Maria which she famously sang with Luciano Pavarotti.

At the outset of the mass, symbols associated with O’Riordan’s life were brought to the altar.

Her niece Eileen and a long-time friend brought forward a guitar and a platinum disc award.

Mourners gathered to say goodbye (Image: PA) Students from Dolores O’Riordan’s former school, Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ (Image: PA) Mourners embrace outside the church (Image: REUTERS)

A picture of Our Lady of Dolours, after whom Dolores was named, was placed at the altar, as was a book of poetry.

Mourners then paused for a moment’s silence and a prayer before her sister Angela read a passage of scripture.

As a mark of respect, radio stations across the world will simultaneously play her hit ‘When You’re Gone’ after the midday news.

Canon Liam McNamara said O’Riordan’s voice was worth its weight in gold.

“Her kind personality and beautiful singing voice earned for her numerous admirers,” he said.

“It must be added that the numbers she rescued from the darkness of depression are impossible to count.

“No words are adequate to describe Dolores or to accurately state the influence for good she has been over the years.

“She is singing in heavenly choirs.”

He said her mum Eileen described her as a “24/7 good Samaritan to everybody,” and extended his sympathies to her bandmates.

“It’s tough for you too, sympathies from the heart,” he said.

The service will be followed by a private family burial.

(Image: PA) An undertaker stands beside a book of condolence outside St Ailbe’s parish church (Image: Getty Images Europe) Flowers from Dolores O’Riordan’s former school (Image: PA)

On Monday night tea light candles lit the streets as family and close friends accompanied the singer’s remains to the church from Cross’s Funeral Home in Ballyneety.

O’Riordan was found dead in a London hotel last Monday.

The 46 year-old – who was also a member of alternative rock group DARK – had been working on a new studio album with The Cranberries in the months before her death and was expected to discuss its scheduled release with record label BMG while in England.

A number of tests have been carried out to establish the cause of the musician’s death, an inquest heard on Friday before it was adjourned until April 3.

The Cranberries pictured in 1999 (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Sales and streams of The Cranberries’ back catalogue have rocketed by 1,000 per cent in the days since her death.

Greatest hits collection Stars: The Best Of 1992-2002 landed at number 16 on the albums chart this week, a higher position than its previous peak of number 20 when it was released in 2002.

The singer was renowned for her distinctive voice and the band enjoyed huge success in the 1990s with tracks including Zombie and Linger.

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