Waving Goodbye to a TISC Legend – Dolores O’Riordan dies aged 46

Today marks one week since the tragic news broke of Dolores O’Riordan’s tragic and untimely death at just 46-years of age.

The Cranberries lead singer was found dead in her hotel room in London last Monday were she had been recording new material. The cause of her death is yet unknown but is not suspicious say local police.

Her death is particularly poignant as we approach our milestone 10th edition of TISC in Brazil. The Cranberries competed at the 3rd edition of TISC with the song Zombie netting Ireland a first-ever win in the contest and still holds the record as the most successful entry in TISC history, scoring 333 points from the national juries.

Dolores’ unique style and trademark voice saw The Cranberries gain fans far and wide and saw them achieve great fame and success in the 1990s.

The band’s debut album “Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We?” (1993) shot the band to super-stardom, containing classics such as Linger and Dreams which still stand the test of time.

The Cranberries followed this up in 1994 with the stunning “No Need To Argue”, which proved to be their most successful album. It contained Zombie which would prove to be the band’s most successful single. The song was written in protest to the IRA bombing in Warrington and violence in Northern Ireland. The song’s powerful lyrics and ferocious chords resonated with the public and cemented their elite status in the grunge rock scene.


Irish president Michael D. Higgins has been paying tribute to the rock star, and attending the removal service in Limerick he had the following to say:

It’s so profoundly sad that someone so young is taken from us, but it’s equally important also to pay tribute to [her] work and music. It is also to the incredible credit of all those who have appreciated the music and the songs and the performances and the band, that they have come out in such numbers to make their tribute. It’s so appropriate and it is generous, and I hope that her family will get all the support they need.

Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally. To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.


The Irish TISC National Committee wish to join in offering deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones. Head of delegation OlympicIRL offered a few words at this sad time:

We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Dolores. She will forever be in our hearts and her star will burn brightly forever. We will never forget you.


Dolores is survived by her three children Taylor, Molly and Dakota, her mother Eileen and her Cranberries band mates Mike and Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler.

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